The University of Brighton Law Society’s key objective is to facilitate access to information relating to careers in and out of the legal sector.
The Solicitor Regulatory Boards introduction of the SQE in 2018 is set to provide another route for non-law students to qualify as Solicitors and has influenced the societies initiative this year. Therefore, the main themes of 2020-21 Law Society will be to mentor and encourage all students, regardless of degree, on a legal pathway.
Other themes include Networking, Commercial Awareness, Mooting and Careers. We plan on working towards these themes by collaborating with industry professionals, other societies and hosting our own development workshops.
Networking is a skill that all future lawyers will need to be able to use confidently. Lawyers will often be required to network and secure new business, and you may be asked to attend client’s events. Throughout the year, we will be hosting various events relating to careers in and outside the law. In previous years we have hosted a Law Ball with attendees from local Solicitors and Barristers’ Chambers; Law Careers Questions Time, and a Wine and Cheese Networking Evening.
Mr Denis Viskovich, founder of British Inter-University Commercial Awareness Competition insists that Commercial Awareness, the understanding of how industries and business’ work, is not usually integrated into Non-Russel Group Universities curriculums, and the Law Society is inclined to agree. The Law Society has therefore set up key commercial awareness workshops in order to make sure that Brighton students by the difficult questions that can be thrown in interviews.
A moot is a type of mock trial, usually an appeal, where the parties will argue a point of law that is in dispute. Mooting has been used to train lawyers for centuries and plays an important role in legal education at Brighton with a dedicated module; it gives students an opportunity to practise the art of persuasive advocacy and legal research.
As well as furthering student education we will also be focussing on student mental health and well-being; by working with the University as well as external agencies to talk about issues such as anxiety and stress around assessment and exam time.
Our committee has been elected by the members of the society, to organise the running of the society. If you would like to be a committee member next year, look out for information about how to stand in February!