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Former Pussycat Doll tribute and beauty queen turns vlogger to give personal insight into life at law school

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But will Tina Lee Robles’ YouTube channel help or hinder her barrister dreams?

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A trained dancer, a former Pussycat Doll tribute, a Global Pageant contestant, a signed part-time model — Tina Lee Robles has no doubt led an interesting life.

Her next stop? Legal London, the commercial bar to be precise. And, much to the delight of her social media fans, she’s documenting her journey with a behind the scenes look at life on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

But does City Law School student Robles — who goes by idylle doll on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook — think that her, often very personal, vlog will help or hinder her barrister dreams? Legal Cheek caught up with her to find out.

For former Brazilian samba dancer Robles, her most popular social media outlet is YouTube. The purpose of her channel, she explains, is to share her “knowledge” and “passion” for Louis Vuitton, law, culture and philosophy — but it’s her law school-themed videos that have sparked our curiosity.

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For all her crazy career history, she paints a very realistic, relatable picture of life as a struggling BPTC student. She tells her “humble”, but respectable, YouTube following of 1,200 subscribers that “nothing can prepare you” for the course, and this is a message that continues through her recent three-part series of law school vlogs (linked here, here and here).

It’s a noble venture, but is it something that prospective employers will look upon favourably? Robles herself told us that she is “well aware of how private and traditional the legal world still is”, which doesn’t quite fit with the personal nature of her videos (one of which includes a rant about how “annoying” it is that BPP law students have more time than City students for their exams and revision period).

However, as the University of Wolverhampton graduate rightly points out, times are changing, and in the social media age having a vlog is more common and acceptable than it has been previously. She explains:

[A] vlog would only potentially hinder my legal career aspirations if my content was considered inappropriate or distasteful by the Bar Standards Board and the legal world alike. However, I do take care not to create content that may offend the masses so that my vlog has less of a chance of hindering my career progress.

And, when it comes to her modelling and performing background, she echoes the same sentiments. She believes that this is not relevant whatsoever to her legal career, because:

I’m not the first person to not come from Oxbridge stock and most certainly not the last. There are more and more brilliant barristers from all different backgrounds coming out of the woodwork and as long as we maintain what is expected of us to represent the bar, then I don’t see why employers would have a problem.

She added:

I believe that my unconventional background and experience has taught me interpersonal skills and a type of work ethic invaluable to my success as a future barrister!

It can’t be easy juggling a popular YouTube channel and intense BPTC studies, but at the moment she’s managing. She does admit, however, that it’s getting more difficult with her growing audience.

But don’t assume her channel and her studies are totally disconnected. A quick scan of Roble’s videos and you’ll see she’s big on luxury fashion brands like Louis Vuitton — and guess what area of law she wants to go into? She told Legal Cheek:

The commercial sector of international and European Law has always been of major interest to me as well as having a love for distinguished brands such as Louis Vuitton due to their extensive history and craftsmanship. Therefore, my ultimate career aspiration is to litigate in internationally related disputes as a member of the legal team for a leading fashion house.

Maybe her YouTube channel is as much an exercise in demonstrating commercial awareness as it is a hobby? Certainly she appears to have found a niche and is specific about what she wants. And often the first step to getting what you want is to know what you want.

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Anonymous

Why does anyone who isn’t a simpleton follow vloggers? What’s the point?

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

censorship again !

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Lee Travers

I think we should ban dancing. It makes us plain Janes feel embarrassed that we can’t dance too. Or we should ban normal non-dancing movements so we all have to dance all the time and nobody is embarrassed that they can’t dance LOL!

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Not Amused

The desire to dismiss the importance of academic and intellectual ability is truly perverse.

I can go to any pub in the land and get an opinion. I can go online and read a thousand on any subject. However when I am paying for an opinion I will understandably have different priorities.

If I am paying money for a legal opinion then I want to make sure that the person I am paying for that opinion is:

1. Cleverer than me.
2. Extremely well educated.
3. Knows the law inside out.

A pupillage and then a tenancy are simply the process of being allowed to pitch for work from clients. They are access to a competitive market. When you are in that market clients operate as I would. If you want to win clients who are themselves clever (the commercial solicitors) then you better have a pretty good argument or you won’t get any work.

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Anonymous

Reasonably good looking person + law student + some sort of social media presence = article for KK

All we need now is for one of these people to be a feminist and KK will have found true love!

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Anonymous

What is a “Wolverhampton” and why does it have a university? Is it related to a character from X-Men?

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Anonymous

It’s the shitehole Taylor Swift is moving to soon

Gentrification and hipster cereal cafes in 3… 2… 1…

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Dunning-Kruger Alert

This woman is seriously delusional. Does she think that flicking her hair will distract attention away from her piss-poor CV? Dunning-Kruger syndrome. “I’m on the Bar!” *flick* *giggle**flick*

I always shudder when someone complains about how hard the BPTC is. If you think the BPTC is hard, you need to get out now. Similarly, if you’re “honoured”, “proud” or “daunted” to get on the BPTC, the high likelihood is that you’re wasting your money.

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Anonymous

That’s ridiculous. Presumably you’ve done the bar, in which case you should completely understand that it is difficult. If it were easy everyone would do it. It’s not seen as a joke by those who do it unlike the LPC, it’s seen as a serious challenge and a make or break situation. The difference is, those who get through it are the ones who love the bar and the law, so they look back at it in a positive light and say it wasn’t so bad. But I’ve never heard anyone say it’s easy, unless they did it a number of years ago before all the revamps.

This woman is doing something spectacular in that not only is she clearly committed to the bar, but she’s completely disregarding all those people (like yourself) who tell her she can’t do it or shouldn’t do it, that just because she has good looks and isn’t afraid to voice her opinion or hide her background she automatically isn’t good enough to be a barrister. You’ve read a very minor insight into her life and instantly judged her without knowing the whole story.

That sounds like piss poor case preparation to me.

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Anonymous

Very well said indeed.

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Dunning-Kruger Alert

Sorry mate, the BPTC is the easiest thing in the world compared to pupillage, or to a demanding law degree. The only people I know who wouldn’t agree did undemanding degrees at undemanding institutions, and never got pupillage.

This has absolutely nothing to do with her “good looks” and everything to do with her vacuous, affected presentation and her poor law degree from Wolverhampton Uni (indeed, she didn’t even leave Wolverhampton with a QLD and had to do the GDL on top).

I would never say she shouldn’t waste £17,000 and a year of her life should she choose to do so. There is nothing “spectacular” in signing up for a course that will take anyone who is willing to pay. I would congratulate her and eat my words were she to get a pupillage, but the likelihood of that is negligible, a matter which clearly hasn’t entered her head.

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Anonymous

If you did your research you would not have been so presumptuous and realised that her LLB had expired as she worked in between only to return later to complete it and was also required to complete the GDL to qualify her. It is also required with joint law degree graduates. To me, that is dedication.

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Dunning-Kruger

Every single BPTC student is “dedicated” – spending a fortune on a course is an indication of that. It doesn’t mean she has a hope in hell of a career at the Bar.

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U wat bro

Frankly all of London’s ‘law schools’ like BPP or ULol are packed with such types. I see them daily – gimlet eyed, full of hope, LondonMet LLB in hand and absolutely no chance.

I laugh.

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Anonymous

Lol if YOU do your research you would know that the LPC does not ‘expire’ anymore. Even when it did, this was after 7 years. She graduated in 2013. So this is NOT the reason she did the GDL. My guess is that she failed certain of the core modules on the LLB and had to do the GDL. Either way, no chance of pupillage.

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Anonymous

Sorry I meant the LLB does not expire (for LPC purposes at least). Not sure about BPTC but academic anyway as she graduated in 2013.

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New wave femING ideals

It only lasts five years for the BPTC and even less if you do your degree part time. The funniest part is that the BPTC only lasts five years as well. LOL.

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Anonymous

LOL. Well she did her degree 2010-2013 according to LinkedIn. That doesn’t sound like a part time degree. The 5 year period begins from graduation, not from beginning her law degree- just looked it up. Face it, she can’t have got a qualifying law degree from Wolves.

New wave femING ideals

Either that or she failed one of the seven basic modules. I have a friend who failed land law four times and had to do the GDL he even had to retake all the modules he had good marks on lol.

Anonymous

Yeah that seems the most likely- that she failed one or more of the core modules.

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Anonymous

Unlike the LPC?

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Anonymous

Someone is bitter…

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Anonymous

My friends with top fancy named scholarships, firsts and prizes ALL say that the BPTC is hard. A few of them have also secured pupillage. So what do you make of that?!

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Dunning Kruger

Not a lot. Perhaps they were trying to make you feel better; perhaps they realised one week into pupillage that the BPTC had in fact been a walk in the park. Luckily for this lady she will have no such rude awakening.

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Obscurus 169

I have no personal experience of the BPTC ( it isn’t highly thought of by pupils and recent tenants in my set), but the BVC, its predecessor, contained some of the easiest exams I’ve ever sat. I appreciated the advocacy classes, but the MCT exams for civil and criminal litigation were frankly risible.

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Anonymous

I passed the BVC with flying colours and it was a piece of piss. Being a barrister is more of a pain in the arse, mind.

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Anonymous

Just stick to modelling and dancing. You don’t have to speak and voice your opinions that way.

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Anonymous

Does she obsessively preen herself like that during lectures…?

Talk about a narcissist.

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Anonymous

Yes. I hope all of those above have watched her video. It is one of the silliest things I have ever seen.

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Anonymous

I think it’s not a bad thing something actually being willing to express openly what it’s like on the bar course. It certainly fits with my recollection of being quote hard work, simply due to the volume of reading and work to do. It’s good that someone is willing to offer their perspective to those considering doing it.
That said, I’m not sure it’s a good career move, and it may be hard to distance herself from it when she tries to actually qualify after the bar. Certainly I’d be thinking twice if interviewing her for pupillage. How would clients view it? Or instructing solicitors?

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Anonymous

Why anyone from the ‘University of Wolverhampton’ (whatever one of those is) would even consider to begin to contemplate the Bar is beyond me: leave the Bar to us Oxbridge/top RG graduates, and don’t waste the chambers pupillage committees time!

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Sugar Daddy

Her insightful YouTube exposition on the differences between Solicitors and Barristers left me, for one, gasping for more.

As did her description of her Bar course being like ‘shit piled on top of shit’…

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Anonymous

The BPTC is a pile of shit. It’s not structured well and often it isn’t taught well. There is such a variety of teaching that it’s perfectly possible for one student to end up with absolutely awful teachers and have a terrible experience while others get the best and have a fantastic time.

The fact that there is no uniformity of structure between the different schools (for example some schools teach only skills first then move to knowledge, some focus on advocacy all in one go and others teach everything together) shows that it’s not a well designed course. That is what she is getting at. The sheer volume of work at City, where she is studying, is enough to make you feel fettered and alone, so her comment is totally understandable. If you’re taking issue with how she’s expressed that, remember that bar students, barristers, judges are all people too. Expressing themselves in an open forum such as youtube in a real world setting to real people, and being frank… hardly a big issue.

The bluntness and honesty of her video is something prospective bar students will undoubtedly appreciate and should not be held against her. It’s not like she’s said “being a barrister is shit and the bar council is shit”. That’s clearly not what she’s getting at.

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Anonymous

Cheers Tina – good reply.

But don’t you think you should be studying, seeing as how shitty the course is and over-worked you are?

BTW – if/when you actually qualify and have any degree of success at the Bar, you’ll look back on your student days with fondness for the time you had free…

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Anonymous

While choosing to remain anonymous, I am not Tina, yet another presumptuous comment.

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Anon

But your comment was practically identical in structure and wording to her video on the topic.

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Anon

This woman seems to have problems articulating herself. Her accent is contrived, and half of the things she says doesn’t make sense: ‘some unfortunate events prolonged my capabilities to focus.’

I would have thought that clarity of communication as well as intellectual rigour is important for a barrister.

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nothing

She has grown up all over the place, of course her accent will sound unusual but to say its contrived sounds rather judgmental. Her vlog rants as a struggling student are hardly something to base her potential off of.

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Anon

If she can’t articulate herself discussing banal matters in front of a video camera then how on earth can she do so in Court when debating the complex nuances of shipping law?

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Lord Farley LLB(Wolves) OBE CBE Don'tcha wish ur CV was hot like mine

I am a graduate of Wolverhampton polytechnic and I my capabilities are sublime…. I am a Lord Harley tribute dancer!!

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lives in the real world

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Anonymous

Bullshit. Looks mean absolutely nothing to chambers. Plus, even if they were a factor, Gigi Hadid wouldn’t get an interview with that cv.

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New wave femING ideals

The facts: too many people are trying to become barristers and there is not enough work to go round.

The reality: only 400 pupilages for about 5000 (possible 8000 if you add those who could actually still apply) students.

The end: she will most likely not become a barrister. Most people with top CVs will never become barristers.

The secret: even with a first class degree, mini pupilages, a masters degree, relevant legal work experience, prizes and scholarships and real advocacy experience an individual only holds about a 20-25% chance of making it. Do the maths because I am not making this up. Look at the most recent stats and recent successful pupils and even with all the gold on their applications they only held a 1 in 5 maybe 1 in 4 chance of getting that magic ticket.

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