A survey of Cambridge University undergraduates' mental health has, comfortingly for the future of the legal profession, found law students to be in relatively fine psychological shape. Aside from engineers, law students experience the least depression of any undergraduate at the elite institution, with lawyers of the future also suffering lower than average incidences of eating disorders and insomnia. Students of English, history, philosophy and anthropology are the most troubled...
Law students at Cambridge University were surprised to find this rather graphic problem question in Saturday's criminal law exam...
At a time when the legal services market is "going through the most tremendous upheaval that it has ever experienced", Cambridge University management fellow Tim Bellis has come up with an interesting theory. He reckons corporate law firms may have to start hiring B-list graduates with a glass-half-full attitude in order to stay competitive...
If you're not familiar with the 'Harlem Shake', fear not: all you really need to know is that it’s the latest internet sensation à la Gangnam Style. And something to do with an eighties dance move, a song currently in the charts, and a follow-up viral video featuring four masked men dancing wildly. People have gone nuts for it, with thousands of videos popping up all over the web since the beginning of the month, starring everyone from the Norwegian Army to Cambridge University students (see below).
As yet there are no UK law student or lawyer Harlem Shake videos, but several US law schools have created their own versions. This courtroom-based performance from Florida State University Law School is my favourite...
Yesterday, Basildon Crown Court was told how Anton Van Dellen – a lecturer on BPP Law School’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) until as recently as April – drove a 15-year-old boy to a secluded spot, locked the doors of his car and encouraged him to carry out a sex act.
The former lecturer on the BPTC conference skills and intellectual property modules at BPP’s Holborn branch denies the charge of meeting a child aged under 16 after sexual grooming.
Last week, David Cameron’s former chief-of-staff, Alex Deane, explained to Legal Cheek why he tired of the genteel poverty of the criminal Bar – and eventually quit. Will things work out differently for this week’s guest, 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings pupil barrister Stephanie Wookey (pictured), who joins Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor Kevin Poulter (pictured) and Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge on this week's #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast?
As she comes to the end of her pupillage this month, Cardiff University graduate Wookey is preparing for a return to being a student – via a masters at Queen’s College, Cambridge, which she’ll begin in October. In an unconventional move, Wookey will continue as a “door pupil” at 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, picking up bits and pieces of work to help fund her masters, then hopefully return to a tenancy.
Success can turn on the smallest of things.
Cambridge graduate Marta Sanchez (pictured left) completed her LPC in 2008 having narrowly missed out on a training contract at a magic circle law firm. Then Lehman Brothers collapsed, the TC market dried up and Sanchez ended up working as a maid for Bircham Dyson Bell solicitor (and Legal Cheek podcast host) Kevin Poulter.
Four years on and she is still in the same job.
Queen Mary graduate Matt Jones (pictured right) finished law school at the same time as Sanchez, but he managed to bag a training contract with top City law firm Norton Rose just before the financial crisis began. Although he had his place deferred for a couple of years, Jones began his TC in 2010 and is just about to qualify.
As Sanchez serves canapés and champagne, Poulter, Jones and Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge talk training contracts.
Do City trainees really have to work 80 hours a week?
Are 70 of those 80 hours spent photocopying?
How do the City's young cope with the fear of not getting taken on as an NQ?
All is revealed in this week's podcast.