Applicant blog competition winner: Starting A Law Degree The Other Side of 35

Blog co-authors, Sarah Tohill and Victoria Phillips, are joining the University of Sussex’s Law LLB in September 2020 as (very) mature students. In a slightly overgrown corner of Ovingdean’s disarmingly pretty St Wulfran’s churchyard, a sun-mottled headstone gives nothing away about the near-seismic importance of one of its tenants: Britain’s first practising female barrister, Helena…

Intervarsity Mooting Finals and why every Law student should moot

The University of Sussex hosted the annual Intervarsity Mooting Finals. Our Sussex Junior Mooting Competition 2019 winners competed against two fellow Brighton students judged by an all-female panel – notably for the first time in the history of the Intervarsity Moot (HHJ Shani Barnes, HHJ Janet Waddicor, and barrister Kate Richmond).

London Law Conference 2019

At the end of November, a select few attended the London Law Conference, Europe’s largest student-run conference that is jam-packed with 300 carefully selected delegates. The LLC was a day filled with a variety of senior keynote speakers including: Dan Sarooshi QC (Barrister at Essex Court Chambers), Claire Wills (Managing Partner at Freshfields), Gideon Moore…

What are the most important law skills for lawyers of the future?

Traditionally the skills for lawyers like attention to detail, organisation and time management may now be of less importance with legal tech fulfilling these tasks for you. Thus, the question has changed, no longer being what skills are needed in law but what skills are needed to fill the gaps left by technology.  How do…

Top Tips for a Career at the (Criminal) Bar

Start extra-curricular work as early as possible If you think you want to be a barrister, great grades alone will not cut it. What gets people pupillage is demonstrating a commitment to the profession and to your area of law. Practically, I appreciate that mini-pupillages and unpaid internships are expensive and time consuming, so don’t…

The Office of Parliamentary Counsel Visit Sussex University

The session was conducted by Jenny, Richard and Niamh, who are members of the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel (OPC), based in the Cabinet Office. All of the guests were approachable, insightful and helpful with regards to any questions we had. They began the session by explaining what they do and their roles as civil…

In A Struggle For Justice: Dignity or Privacy?

Rape assault victims and those who allege sexual assault have to submit their phones to the police or risk having their case delayed or withdrawn. When one files a complaint of sexual abuse, they are often in tremendous stress; they are nervous and scared. The very idea that the police doubt their credibility and their…