Tuesday, October 14, 2008

FRU Day or not as the case may be...

I am aware that in my last post I promised to write about my day at the Free Representation Unit. Unfortunately things did not work out quite as I had planned.

On Friday night BoB had been invited to attend a Lodge meeting of a good friend of his. For those that think that I went to the home of a beaver let me explain that a Lodge is where Freemasons meet. I have been a Freemason for about three years now and thoroughly enjoy it. After the meeting we had dinner at a club in London, which was followed by a few pleasant drinks at the bar. Unfortunately BoB forgot the time, and ended up missing the last train home. This meant a much longer journey on the night bus, meaning that I did not get home until half past three in the morning.

I was therefore far too tired to have been able to have actually learnt anything on Saturday so decided to leave it this time and go early next year.

The moral of this story.....

Check the train timetable to see when the last train for home leaves.

Until next time, BoB

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Deepest apologies and I really am back

As I sit here in the library typing this post, I feel a huge wave of regret flood over me for neglecting my (few and far between) readers. I am now, however, well and truly back and looking forward to blogging again. In terms of my journey to the bar this is where the fun (or should that be nightmares) really start.

First on the list of things to do, which seem to be mounting up at a phenomenal rate, is filling in my BVC scholarship application form for Middle Temple. This is almost complete subject to a few final tweaks which were recommended by the careers advisor, and me filling in the financial information.

Picking up on this, I am shocked by how little awareness there is of this fact among the general student population. This is just another example of why getting to the bar is so difficult due to the lack of information passed down to students. I wonder when it will get through that not everybody wants to be a solicitor.

Following hotly on the heels of this will be many, many, many mini pupillage application forms/CV's winging their way to a multitude of Criminal Law sets. This is to:
  1. Network and find out more about the different Criminal Law sets for OLPAS; and
  2. Show an even bigger commitment to the Criminal Bar in general.

I am aware at this point that many will be shaking their heads, furrowing their brows, and possibly considering getting BOB committed for wanting to go to the Criminal bar. To those readers I would say worry not, I have pondered the question long and hard and come to the conclusion that I would not be happy practising any other form of law at the bar so I am willing to suffer a life of financial hardship, and give up on the dream of an Aston Martin sat in the drive.

Next, although this seems to be more of a formality than a hurdle, is to apply for the BVC. I am still torn between two providers (BPP and College of Law) at the moment so any advice from fellow bloggers will be most appreciated. I'm not going to repeat what I have said earlier about the BVC and who should be given a place but if you are interested it can be found here.

I am also this Saturday off to the FRU social security law day so that I can begin the process of becoming a ratified representative. A full report of the day will follow shortly.

Finally I have the national mooting competition which will be starting soon so that will increase my work load, on top of my final year subjects which are in case anyone is interested:

  1. Law and Medical Ethics
  2. Employment Law
  3. Discrimination Law
  4. Family Law
  5. Jurisprudence

As a final note I also wish to say how sad it is that Law Minx is no longer blogging. I wish her the very best, and am sure that she will (if she hasn't already) reach the nirvana of pupillage and tenancy.

All the best, BoB