So, as promised, I shall share with you some of the totally new initiatives that have been implemented by the Law Society this year and I’ll try super hard not to get too hyped.
No promises on that front though.
When I decided to re-brand the society, I envisioned a community. Law School can be a very daunting place with quite an individualistic environment, and I wanted to change that. The environment that you’re in is so important when studying, and developing, so this was my number one priority.
One way in which I planned to do this was through helping Freshers to integrate more easily into law student life through us, the scary final and second years, helping them.
At the beginning of the year our lovely Academic Officer Abbi helped me to coordinate the ‘What I Wish I Knew When I Was A Fresher’ guide. Our committee wrote some pretty insightful and hilarious things!
Next up is the Essay Help Seminar Scheme which I envisioned, back in February when I wrote my manifesto, to be to do with the content of the LLB course. However, I wanted students to be able to get experience in teaching and for everyone to help each other out, so this began to seem a little unfeasible the more I explored it. It was then re-imagined into helping students to understand what is required in order to do well in an essay. After first being trained by an academic, the first seminar was hugely successful! The first years gave some amazing feedback and now that first Civil Justice essay that we all stress hugely about doesn’t feel so monstrous.
We’ve also had a restructuring of the mentoring scheme with clear obligations for both mentors and mentees so that the aim of the project is explicitly clear.
The Law Society office is open 10-4pm now and the committee’s office hours are publicised so that you know who is going to be in the office and when. This helps if there’s a specific question that members may have!
We are also running so many new competitions in light with our excellent rapport with firms this year. Thanks to BPP we are sending 10 students to the Leicestershire Junior Lawyers Division Ball which is a fantastic chance to network! We have also secured a place for a student to shadow Sir Nicolas Green (Leicester alumni) who is currently a presiding Judge for the South Eastern Circuit.
I’ve worked closely with Kamran, our Solicitors’ Rep, to produce the new Solicitors’ Newsletter. The aim of this publication being to inform students of the upcoming careers events we run, alongside those run by the Careers Development Service. There are also lots of interesting information on current affairs relating to the law because commercial awareness is so key in the legal sector. This way it gives you bite-size chunks of recent news so you can easily keep up-to-date. Also included is a list of useful resources for boosting your commercial awareness, and general law stuff too.
Derrick, our Master of the Moot, had the amazing idea of having moot socials now so that all the mooters can become closer – instead of having a very competitive and individualistic atmosphere outside of the competitions. Just another way that we are creating our community spirit!
Since I am really good friends with the Vice-President of LUSUMA (the medicine society), Tom, we have decided to bring back the medics vs lawyers Christmas social. We just can’t help the inherent law vs medics rivalry, even if we are friends. I keep insisting that we will win. This shot-down will take place in late November and is set to be a huge social as we are the two biggest societies on campus! Very exciting stuff. Collaboration with other societies is a huge priority for me this year so bringing this back will hopefully be one of the first steps towards forming a great partnership. That’s the great thing about societies – you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals who want to make a difference and improve the lives of others.
When you’re running a society other in similar positions go through the same kind of struggles so Tom and I always share ideas and give each other advice. Working together is how we can all lift one another up. I’ve learned so much from how LUSUMA run things, and gained an amazing friendship in the process. Let’s hope WHEN we win they can overlook the defeat and carry on the partnership (he’s going to kill me for that comment).
Abbi, our Academic Officer, is also running the Amsterdam trip in January which had an overwhelming number of sign ups so we had to increase the number of places on the trip. The group of students will be visiting the international courts there and having fun travelling. But mainly the educational stuff, of course.
Oh!!! How could I forget the new netball kits. Our Sports Sec Abi treats them like her babies. Literally. No joke. They are beautiful though. Thank you Baker & McKenzie!
Law Ball planning has started already so that we can make it the biggest yet. And with a surprise theme, everyone is really looking forward to it. I wish I could reveal more but I have been sworn to secrecy. You’ll just have to look forward to hearing more about it nearer to the time!
This year LULS is getting involved in charity. WOOOOOOOOO. Before LULS was my baby, charity projects were my thing. My whole world. Hence, the level of enthusiasm when I heard we were allowed to run an event for Children in Need this Friday was off the scale. People felt they had to leave the office because they couldn’t handle my hype. ANYWAY, this Friday (I can’t believe I’m away) Lucie and Yukit are dressing up as Pudsey bears and are going to do a 3 legged day. They’ll be tied together all day to raise money for charity! Alongside Pro Bono and Geeklaw we will also be running the cake sale in Law Reception! I am hoping it’ll add another dimension to the society and obviously raise lots of money for a great cause.
Then we have the Agony Aunt scheme that launched this weekend, which everyone adored. You can submit any questions you have, anonymously, and our sassy and knowledgeable 3rd year law student will answer all of your worries. We had questions about juggling commitments, about contract law, and everyone’s favourite… what to do when you fancy your mooting judge. Not to mention the Star Wars references, which really made it for me. It is such a fantastic addition to the support network we are creating, and it brightened up everyone’s Sunday!
I still have a few things up my sleeve for the rest of the year, including some things for non-law students who are looking to go into law. All to be revealed at a later date…
As a committee we are all super busy, and these are just a few of the new things that we have implemented as a team this year. I hope you can feel the warmth of our community, and if you’re a prospective student, we can’t wait to have you as part of our LULS family.
One key thing throughout reflecting on all of these projects, though, is how it all reminds me of one of my favourite Michelle Obama quotes (paraphrased) “Strong people don’t need to put down others to make themselves feel powerful. People who are strong lift others up”.
We are stronger together as a team and a community. With this incredible network of people throughout my committee, and different law and non-law societies, we have risen higher than ever before. If you spend all of your time worrying about your name being recognised, your task won’t be half as successful as if you focus on using every resource available to make it outstanding – even when that means not doing it all by yourself.
The genuine success of your initiative will then speak for itself.
When you’ve got a project, or an idea, if you sincerely believe in the strength of it – share it. Share the brilliance and positivity with others. Let them help. Help them. That is only a testament to your strength.
Together we can achieve remarkable things, and so we shall.