2014 Fresher Edition

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Welcome UoN 2014 Freshers!

Welcome UoN 2014 Freshers!

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Lauren Turner

Welcome to the Freshers Edition of Advocate Magazine. Everyone here at Advocate would like to congratulate you on gaining a place to study here at the University of Nottingham and warmly welcome you. This edition is intended to inform you about different aspects of university life here, primarily for law students. Advocate is the University […]

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Starting to Understand – An Introduction to Understanding Law

Starting to Understand – An Introduction to Understanding Law

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Katrina Fogarty

Understanding Law is a module you will study in your first semester. The module itself is split into two halves: a Critical Introduction to Law and an Introduction to Legal Method. You will have to attend four lectures a week and a two hour seminar every fortnight although this varies for BA Students. Seminars are […]

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An Introduction to Contract Law

An Introduction to Contract Law

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Victoria Rowley

The law of contracts is an important module which has relevance to virtually all aspects of day to day life. From signing a lease for your new student house to buying a coffee in the Hallward café, in each case a contract is involved and understanding how it is formed and the relevant legal principals […]

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Food for Tort

Food for Tort

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Nikhita Saggu

Throughout the next three years of your law degree you will study both criminal offences and civil wrongs. While criminal offences are those which you are perhaps most familiar with right now, you will come to realise that criminal matters form only a small percentage of what you will study. You will, however, cover many […]

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Public Law

Public Law

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Victoria Rowley

If you enjoy politics then public law is likely to be a favourite module of yours as it touches on many political areas from a legal perspective – think the type of debates surrounding Scottish independence and devolution. However, even if you don’t particularly like debating politics there is plenty of relevant modern day material […]

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Law with a Language

Law with a Language

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Katie Parr

We are constantly told how highly employers regard the ability to speak a foreign, especially in today’s increasingly globalised market. If you’ve chosen to study Law with a Language, you’ve already gone a long way to make yourself stand out in the ever competitive Training Contract market. Having just completed my first year on the […]

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Studying Abroad

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Nikhita Saggu

The study abroad scheme run by the law school is an incredible opportunity provided to third year students of the undergraduate law degree. With the law school having contacts at over 20 universities worldwide, third year law students have the chance to study for a year in Europe or further afield in Australia, New Zealand, […]

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5 Tips for a Year Abroad

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Victoria Rowley

Moving to a new country, away from the familiarities of home, can feel like a daunting concept. Yet, that was the decision I made when I chose to embark upon the opportunity to study abroad for a year as part of my law degree. In August last year I packed my bags and embarked on […]

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LawSoc

LawSoc

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Michael Deane

Having been awarded the Best Society and Best Departmental Society Awards by the Students’ Union, it’s been an exciting few years for LawSoc. In addition to the biggest, cheapest and most famous social events across the University, there’s so much more for LawSoc members to look forward to this year. We are proud to be […]

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Pro Bono

Pro Bono

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Jacqueline Lewinton

“Pro bono” derives from the Latin “Pro bono publico” which means “for the public good” and originally took the form of voluntary legal services for the disadvantaged. However, it has now expanded to include the provision of other services covering activities that generally aim to help the community. Lord Phillip Sudbury described lawyers involved in […]

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The Mooting Society

The Mooting Society

Saturday 20 September 2014 - The Mooting Society

What is Mooting? Mooting is the skill of presenting a legal argument. The Mooting Society offers you the chance to develop both your knowledge of the law and your ability to apply it persuasively. Why join the Mooting Society? We will help you to develop your skills through workshops which teach you the different elements […]

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The Bar Society

The Bar Society

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Maxwell Myers

The Bar Society is focused on providing information and events for those interested in pursuing a legal career. Our full calendar of events is invaluable to not just aspiring barristers but to all student lawyers who want to forge a career in the Law. We have recently been recognised by the Bar Council as boasting […]

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Young and Abroad: Tips for International Student

Young and Abroad: Tips for International Student

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Davis Tan

“Home is not where you live but where they understand you.”  –  Christian Morgenstern It was not too long ago that I first boarded my flight to the UK. At that moment, I was admittedly nervous – wary of the unknown, feeling strangely alone. I have never been so far away from home, or stayed […]

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A Fresher’s Guide to Getting Ahead in First Year

A Fresher’s Guide to Getting Ahead in First Year

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Lauren Turner

Here is a little all-in-one guide to the most important bits of your first year of your law degree. Your lectures You will shortly, if not already, have had some introductory lectures; as a real treat law students’ lectures normally begin during Fresher’s week. The introductory lectures tend to be useful so do make sure […]

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Things I wish I had Known as a First Year

Things I wish I had Known as a First Year

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Lauren Turner

Use a laptop in lectures if you are able (it is so much easier to keep track of your notes) and download the module hand outs from Moodle – this will allow you to copy and paste a case name where they’re particularly difficult to spell and mean you’re not flicking across countless pieces of […]

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A Fresher’s Introduction to Careers

A Fresher’s Introduction to Careers

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Lauren Turner

You may have just started your degree but preparation for your departure into the real world of work will be underway almost immediately. Some will revel in the planning and research. Some will be daunted by the prospect of finally leaving education and entering a profession. The top law firms and chambers will want recruits […]

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