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The Instagram account that’s demystifying life as a University of Cambridge law student

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Does reality match the stereotype?

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A final year University of Cambridge student has used her popular Instagram account to document what it’s really like to study at the elite law school.

Hephzibah, a student at Gonville and Caius College and future trainee at Clifford Chance, is the woman behind the popular @thecambridgebubble page, which offers its 7,300+ followers a “weekly overview” of life at the top university.

The 20-year-old’s account features insights into, for example, law society events, sport at university, food on campus and dealing with workload stress.

•B U C K E T L I S T• ⏳⌛️ To avoid wishing I made the most of my time at university, I made a list of the "Cambridge" things I need to do before I graduate this year that I haven't done yet. 😁 DM me/comment if you want to join me and please let me know if you have any more suggestions. 📝 ¥ Climb to the top of St Mary's Church ¥ Buy a Chelsea bun at @fitzbillies – DONE ¥ Watch a play at the @adctheatre ¥ Go to @pembroke1347 brunch – DONE ¥ Walk/cycle to Grantchester and then go to the Orchard ¥ Go to @kings.college formal ¥ Go to an @arcsoc_cambridge event ¥ Go to Turf ¥ Go to the Indigo cafe ¥ Get food and work at the @espressolibrary ¥ Go to a Formal swap ¥ Go to Junction ¥ Go to an Evensong at Kings College Chapel ¥ Buy a gelato from Aromi – DONE ¥ Go to the Botanical gardens ¥ Go to @girtoncollege ¥ Go to Trinity or Johns May Ball ¥ Work at the University Library ¥ Go to a @cambridgeacs event (I've only ever been to the free Nando's event oops) – DONE

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Hephzibah — who has completed work experience placements at Freshfields and Herbert Smith Freehills, among others — also uses the account to share her non-academic experiences of trying to make it as a lawyer. Take a look at her photos from the Clifford Chance vac scheme.

Speaking to Legal Cheek, Hephzibah explained she made the account to give prospective Cambridge applicants an insight into the university from a student’s perspective. She continued:

This was something I wished someone had done when I was applying. I also wanted to dispel the myth that Cambridge is just about working 24/7, hence why I also post about athletics, netball and so on.

Due to graduate in 2017, we asked the aspiring corporate lawyer what she’ll be doing with the account when she’s not longer in the Cambridge bubble herself, to which she responded:

I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with the account when I graduate but we’ll see, maybe something about life as a trainee…

Fingers crossed @themagiccirclebubble will be coming soon.

24 Comments

Proudboobs

Was the trial really something “I can’t discuss for legal reasons?” The vast majority of trials are conducted in open court and not subject to a reporting restriction.

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Not Amused

In fairness if the journalists on the Today programme accept this line without any question then why shouldn’t KK?

Just part of the growing legal illiteracy in the mainstream press.

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Anonymous

Well how about the confidentiality agreement she probably signed? Most chambers have them and I expect most firms will too.

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Proudboobs

Very naive comment. A confidentiality agreement does not prevent discussion of anything said or done in OPEN COURT – i.e. in PUBLIC.

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GAVCLAw

Plenty of family law matters and one or two criminal law issues (ie involving minors) are dealt with ‘in camera’ (ie not open to the public).

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Anonymous

She is particularly insightful in commenting that the litigation dept deals with the more contentious work.

Thanks for explaining that to us Hephzibah…

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Anonymous

On a blog which is about dispelling myths about Cambridge as a university, not about studying Law at Cambridge in particular, it is clear that she’s targeting a wider audience (i.e. students applying to all different subjects). You may take it as common knowledge (and I assume that a majority, if not all, of Legal Cheek readers would) that litigation is where contentious legal work is dealt with, but a prospective student with no interest in a legal career may not. The blog is clearly aimed at being accessible to all, and breaking down even the most basic of legal jargon is part of that. Stop being so pedantic and recognise the excellent work and dedication of one person in taking steps toward breaking down barriers to access to such institutions. We need more of that.

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Anonymous

Well this is void…. between “litigation” and “contentious” I’m sure we all know which word is more widely known.

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Anonymous

Thanks Hephzibah for that further contribution….

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Anonymous

I know its social media but is that how a Cambridge student writes?!

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Anonymous

All part of breaking down that pearlescent mist surrounding Cambridge. Quite savvy.

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Not hephzibah

Unnecessarily snide. Personally I don’t see a problem (rest assured, I’m literate). Feel free to expand on your (evidently) stringent stylistic requirements for instagram posts…!

Lots of people determined to criticise here. Sad.

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Anonymous

How is she in her last year and not done most of the things on that bucket list already?

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Anonymous

Exactly what I was thinking — clearly not every student is going on formal swaps every week (I didn’t) but surely you’ve got to do something to pass the time and if it isn’t going to see a student play or going for a pub lunch in Grantchester on occasion what the hell is it?

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CC Partner

That pool looks very clean. She’ll fit right in.

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Anonymous

The only instagram account you need to follow is @legofrasier

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Jones Day associate

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Anonymous

Lool

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Anonymous

She wants to dispel the myth that Cambridge students work 24/7 and yet she hasn’t found the time to do, organised events aside, a number of mundane activities that are not only free/extremely cheap, but available to do at almost any time?

Sound mate.

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Anonymous

It’s a myth that there’s a myth that cambridge students work all the time.

They do bugger all.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

How’s your Jones Day TC going?

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Cynical

Bullshit. Oxbridge is just doing lots of essays and eating cheesy chips from a kebab van at 2am. None of this rubbish she’s on about.

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Anonymous

I concur.

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