A lawyer’s amazingly detailed analysis of Bilbo’s contract in The Hobbit [Wired]
Former Leeds University law student to defend Bo Xilai in court [The Telegraph]
Girlfriend of Reddit co-founder who hanged himself says US legal system mercilessly hounded him to his death [Mail Online]
War on judicial review (sort of) [UK Human Rights Blog]
Circuits call heads of chambers meetings to consider QASA boycott [Legal Futures]
Kate Winslet's husband Ned RocknRoll is not a public figure, says judge [The Independent]
Allen & Overy chief backs apprenticeships "so long as standards are upheld" [The Independent]
Drop out fails in bid to auction his name on eBay – despite dropping price [Thomson Reuters]
January Blues [Jamie Anderson on Twitter]
From law firm managing partner to organising activity tours in southern Tuscany [Manchester Evening News]
Solicitors 'ran immigration scam arranging thousands of sham marriages by submitting touching love stories about couples who'd only just met' [Mail Online]
US Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor sold her wedding ring to pay her divorce lawyer [The Atlantic]
As a strategy to land a job, Sebastian Salek's decision to pen an article for The Independent – published yesterday – lampooning "sloppy" graduate recruiters seems rather risky. But there's no denying that the Cambridge law student makes some good points. Such as...
1. The tendency to make silly mistakes not being limited to applicants – as illustrated by the time Salek got invited to an interview on 31 September. "Yes, 'sir/madam', I look forward to meeting you on 31 September as well," he recalls drily of the error.
2. Incomplete application forms. Salek (pictured left) explains: "Often, when I’m asked to select my subject (law, hardly unheard of) from a drop down list, it’s not there and I’m forced to choose something else entirely. I could probably just about have forgiven this sort of irritating blunder if one of the guilty parties hadn't been a City law firm." Ouch.
3. Crashing application form websites – about which Salek is a bit more coy, refraining from mentioning, for example, the recently-retired Pupillage Portal.
4. Firms' failure to live up to their diversity boasts. Why, continues Salek, publicly claim to "value diversity highly" when at interview you say stuff like: "To get a job here, you have to pass what we call the 'good bloke test'. Or the 'good blokette test'."
5. Not being bothered to provide applicants notice when they're unsuccessful. According to Salek, "many [recruiters] will unashamedly tell you that they’re not even willing to send out a mail merged email."
Law firm graduate recruitment departments keen to chew over in more detail the above criticisms can contact Salek via Twitter.
Lap dancer loses sacking claim [The Independent]
Matrix silk overturns Stringfellows stripper decision [The Lawyer]
Barrister at 4 New Square Chambers fails in race discrimination appeal [Bailii via Adam Wagner]
University of Leicester law graduate lives on £1 a day to help tackle poverty in Nicaragua [24Dash]
What's more entertaining than a law firm rejection letter riddled with typos? [Above the Law]
Posters of offensive messages on Twitter or Facebook less likely to face criminal charges, under new guidelines set out by Keir Starmer QC [Huffington Post]
Positive reaction so far to the new Twitter and Facebook social media prosecution guidelines from top media lawyers [Twitter]
Online comment crimes: Key cases [BBC News]
Mario Balotelli's legal challenge is latest chapter of mad story [The Independent]
Judges should decide secret courts, government accepts [BBC News]
Thousands of solicitors face losing right to practise after PC renewal failures [Legal Futures]
"The Bill of Rights Commission reports tomorrow. Please, please can we all try to be sensible? Please?" [UK Human Rights Blog]
Barrister who fell down stairs at Daly's Wine Bar wins "substantial" payout after settling multi-million pound claim [The Telegraph]
Woman injured by light fitting while having sex wins legal battle for compensation from Australian government insurer [The Independent]
Lawyerly Lairs: The house that Winston built [Above the Law]
Cameroon jails 'gay' man for texting 'I'm in love with you' to male friend [The Guardian]
Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer Shawn Holley: the first call for celebrities in trouble [The Daily Beast]
Gary McKinnon will face no UK charges [CPS Blog]
Margaret Moran’s lawyer, Jim Sturman QC, threatens post-Leveson press [Guido Fawkes]
"Oh the festive cheer...obviously good neighbours. Happy Christmas" [Mark Stephens via Twitpic]
#WithoutPrejudice podcast: Leveson – Gay Marriage – Justice & Security – Contempt – Finucane [Charon QC]
Lord McAlpine’s legal proceedings against Sally Bercow: what will happen? [Paul Bernal’s Blog]
‘Catch Me if You Can’ con man says it’s easy to fake being a lawyer [ABA Journal]
The Football Lawyer: A move to Premier League is no easy step for African footballers [The Independent]
This is the central question that the panel will be discussing at Legal Cheek's Google Campus event this evening.
The boom era narratives that attracted students to the law are fading. City law salaries are no longer spiralling; instead they're stagnant, with trainee numbers falling and many corporate firms desperately scouring the horizon for merger candidates.
Meanwhile, the Inns of Court-related glamour that has traditionally drawn students to the publicly-funded Bar is giving way to a sense that the hardship involved just isn't worth it.
Amid the gloom, however, there are some interesting new legal career options developing...
Free the Press, free the Judges [The Independent]
Law firms: the priciest partnerships [The Economist]
California ruling limits scope of law banning 'gay conversion' therapists [The Guardian]
A verdict on our judges: too white, too male [The Times (£)]
MPs on the each side of the Leveson debate [Guido Fawkes]
Buying in: Thoughts on making partner – the personal [Above the Law]
LSB ‘still needed’, government tells the Lords [Law Society Gazette]
Google 'should face libel laws over blogging site' [Metro]
Philadelphia judge 'hangs himself after separating from his wife' [Mail Online]
Getting tough with litigants in person? [Marilyn Stowe Blog]
Lord Leveson understands that legal back-up could improve the quality of journalism in Britain [The Independent]
Deloitte survey: growing number of large firms preparing for ABS conversion [Legal Futures]
Ten things you won’t hear about while everyone discusses Kate Middleton’s pregnancy [New Statesman]