Hello Sussex Law students – my name is Jasmine Bundhoo and I graduated with an LLB in Law with Arabic last year from Sussex. After graduating, I worked as a paralegal in both Commercial Property and Family Law for one year. Upon qualifying, I wish to specialise in children’s rights. In my free time, I enjoy learning new languages (Arabic and Korean), doing yoga, knitting, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Last year, I started a blog called ‘PraiseTheLaw’ which aims to encourage students to critique various legal and social issues. I have written posts about the the extra-judicial killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the exteriorisation of terror regarding Shamima Begum.
I was inspired to make this blog for two reasons: firstly, critical legal theory enables students to engage more deeply with legal and social issues as opposed to merely describing what they know. Critical legal theory encourages students to think about why the issue(s) at hand are ‘problematic’, and what may be done about them using a critical lens of their choosing to inform their discussion (e.g. feminist legal theory, poststructuralism, post-colonialism, etc); and secondly, writing blog posts during a Law degree is a great way to show potential employers and recruiters how you think, argue, and come to draw your conclusions on various issues that interest you.
Writing blog posts as a Law student was of immeasurable value to me as I was always asked about my posts in interviews. I have no doubt that contributing to the blog and making reference to your posts on your CV will help you immensely – particularly if you are interested in further study, research assistant placements, or general future legal work.
If you are interested in writing a post, please feel free to contact me on Twitter at @jasminebrighton or on the blog: http://praisethelaw.wordpress.com