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Brighton Law Students @ Resolution Conference – the Working Life of Family Lawyers in 2015

More than 480 family lawyers headed to Brighton last week for the National Conference of Resolution to hear about the impact of the 2014 Family Law reforms and debate current family law issues. Six University of Brighton law students went along to help out, learn about the current status of family law and make contacts,…

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Work Experience at Family Law Partners

What a life changing experience!!! I remember waking up that morning terrified at the prospect of having my first legal work experience but I knew it was going to be an interesting one. I really enjoy Family Law lectures and was looking forward to seeing how it’s done in practice. Arriving at Family Law Partners,…

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10 University of Brighton law students spend the day with Gerard Maye Legal

Ten second year University of Brighton law students were delighted to have the opportunity to spend a day with the team at Gerard Maye Legal, where they experienced a day in the life of a law firm. The unanimous verdict was that the day provided a unique insight into the profession and we are very…

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Lincoln’s Inn information afternoon

On Wednesday 11 March ten law students and their minder (me) went to the Lincoln’s Inn information afternoon followed by dinner. As usual the information provided was interesting and informative. Bottom line: you are very unlikely to get a pupillage (the equivalent of a solicitor’s training contract) unless you have applied for and been granted…

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What makes a good family lawyer, by Charlotte Hustwayte, 3rd year LLB Law with Business, taking Family Law elective

What it takes to be a good family lawyer in today’s society is not necessarily the same as what it was 10 years ago. As the workings of today’s family is ever changing lawyers that deal with these families also need to be open minded and change with the times. There is no room for…

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Do Migrants have Human Rights?

This is a very controversial issue that strikes at the heart of everyone. Whenever the question ‘Do we all have human rights?’ is asked, the answer always comes ‘Yes, everyone has human rights’. When it’s then asked ‘and what about migrants?’ the answer remains ‘Yes, of course, they too have human rights, they have unlimited…

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Schmoosing my way to success…

The idea of work experience was first introduced to me during secondary school where I had fortunately also decided that the legal route was the route for me. And so the beginnings of my work experience began when I kept in contact with my interviewer from ‘Business Back to School Day’ and visited the solicitors…

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Magna Carta Essay / legal Aid

Is the Magna Carta more honoured in the breach? Three clauses of the Magna Carta are extant, remaining clauses having been repealed by more recent Acts. One of the remaining is Clause 29 which provides for the administration of justice and includes the declaration, ‘not to deny or defer to any person either justice or…

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Negotiation competition 2014 student blog Declan McCardle

I’m very happy that I took part in the negotiation workshops and competition. The workshops provided the opportunity to learn valuable skills for the future, whilst the competition provided the opportunity to put these skills into practice and forced us to think on our feet. Another excellent benefit will be the work experience given by…

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Negotiation competition 2014 student blog Dewi Jones

I was not sure what to expect when I took part in this year’s negotiation competition. I thought it was just going to be an interesting competition to participate in. The workshops were really helpful with regards to what a negotiation actually includes and also how to actually partake in a successful negotiation. The skills…

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Negotiation competition 2014 Student blog Lucy H

I am so glad that I got involved in the negotiation competition. The supportive and encouraging way in which the group was run really helped me to feel confident going into the actual negotiation sessions. The practice workshops covered the basic principles behind negotiation, however the emphasis was firmly placed on putting these into practice…

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Client Interviewing Competition

  This year was the third year of the Gerard Maye Legal Client Interviewing Competition at the University of Brighton.  Prior to the competition, students took part in a series of client interviewing workshops. The workshops, led by Law Lecturer Jeanette Ashton, covered communication styles, active and passive listening, question techniques, advising the client on…

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