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Edinburgh University law student ‘blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter’ shuns job offers to pursue constitutional law dreams

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He’s the biggest name on campus

Travers outside the Palace of Westminster
Travers outside the Palace of Westminster

Rapunzel hair and a dedicated social media following are just two of the many things that caught our eye about Robbie Travers.

A third year lawyer at Edinburgh University, the outspoken student has been coined the city’s biggest name on campus thanks largely to his unashamed political views. We’re not just talking politics chats around the pub table; Travers is a professional political commentator and consultant who founded his own think tank in 2014.

A combination of these things means Travers has nearly 10,000 followers on his Facebook page, where he regularly posts current affairs commentary (an example of which is embedded below).

Alongside his social media musings, he writes regularly for think tank the Gatestone Institute and sometimes the nationals (an article the LLB student wrote on the “dangerous fallacy” of university safe spaces featured in The Telegraph earlier this month). He is pals with Liz Kendall MP, and needs an administrative helper to sift through the emails he receives from journalists and clients.

Phew, that’s quite the bio. But, if that wasn’t BNOC-y enough for you, the Russell Group student has another claim to fame. In December, he posted on his Facebook page that the President of the United States, Donald Trump, had blocked him on Twitter.

Nicola Sturgeon said I look Swedish. #Vogue

A post shared by Robbie Travers (@robbietravers) on

“I have absolutely no clue why it happened”, 21-year-old Travers tells us. Though the incident was “rather bizarre”, it hasn’t fazed him. He has the world at his feet and knows he’s done well to get where he is today at such a young age. When asked how he’s managed to achieve what he has before his mid-twenties, he tells us:

What the market wants the market gets. I’ve never pretended to be something I’m not. I just tell people ‘this is my name, this is what I can do and this is what I have to offer’, and it gets me hired. If you don’t put yourself out there, you’ll never succeed.

Juggling so many ventures is a stresshead law student’s worst nightmare, but Travers thinks his advising and consulting has “given him a significant advantage” in his studies because it has helped him put the law into context. “It’s all about your mindset”, he claims. “I find that if you’re working hard, it’s easier to do more.”

Expected to finish his law degree in 2018, Travers can, hopefully, take his pick of graduate jobs. He has a good network of friends and contacts that can help him out when it comes to job prospects. He goes on:

There are lots of options for me, I’m lucky enough to be able to say that. I could work in London, New York or Geneva — that would be the dream.

For now, he’s mulling it all over. He has had job offers in international commerce and trade, and is also considering doing a masters in international conflict law and resolution. He’s been offered some fellowships too. However, he’d like to take a stab at making it big in legal practice first. He explains:

Brexit, though it may divide opinion, presents a wealth of opportunity and a need for Britain to have some of the finest quality constitutional and commercial/trade focused lawyers.

Travers, coming to a law firm near you?

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42 Comments

Naonymous

Next year on the Most List: firms and sets with the highest number of trainees/pupils who refuse to have a haircut.

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Anonymous

He looks like a girl. When I first saw the picture I thought it was a butch lady.

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Anonymous

I think you have mistaken Nicola for him

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Jones Day Partner

Please focus on the important details Katie. Like can he pull off fishnets?

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Anonymous

I feel like it’s hard to fully evaluate this article, and properly put it into context, without a photograph of ‘Elrica’.

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Anonymous

Article about a bloke who looks like a woman and got blocked on twitter by the moron the Americans inexplicably made leader. Great.

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Anonymous

This should turn into a series – the next article will be headlined “EXCLUSIVE – Student was so up his own backside he is now inside out”

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Anonymous

I don’t understand this. If he claims to have so many contacts and friends in high places…why is his LinkedIn so bare? He hasn’t ever stepped foot in a large organisation or a law firm lol.

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Anonymous

he looks like a rejected audition from the rocky horror picture show

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Anonymous Coward

He seems like a real oddball :/

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Anonymous

A “third year lawyer” or “A third year law student”?

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Anonymous

Great. Revealing someone is enough of a tit on Twitter to get blocked by people. Grad Recruitment will love that.

Scraping the barrel again?

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Connie

Block on twitter for challenging individuals like the US President without having said anything abusive is impressive.

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Anonymous

He was never blocked by Trump. Fellow users on FB and Twitter outed him when Robbie later managed to retweet Donald Trump. This is something a blocked user can’t do.

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Anonymous

This is what I don’t like, and the group doing so is led by an obsessed professional journo who repeatedly publishes images of him, portraying him as a woman. This just completely undermines his opposition and he should shut up.

Also, users can quote tweet by copying the URL as is often done, he never “retweeted.”

Also, his “friends” have seen the blocked thing, so it is real, I hate to admit it to him.

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Anonymous

I met him once, he asked me who I was and what I did, then floated off. He does that often, because he seems to think he’s a minor royal. But the stuff about Trump is genuine. Sometimes even clocks this broken can be right…

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Anonymous

*”resit”

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Anonymous

All Anon1’s PT said was that there is no system for resitting to get better marks. That’s nothing to do with the private circumstances of another student.

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Anonymous

Exactly, there’s no system at any university to resit just to get better marks, if you have passed the first time around. You only get to resit in a fail or absence.

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Anonymous

Users on Twitter outing Robbie. He wasn’t blocked by Trump.

https://mobile.twitter.com/The_Facthammer/status/810779251570077697

You might want to do research before you write article KK, rather than rely on the Tab…

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Anonymous

Nah, that account is dodgy, tweeting him as a victim of a terror attack and iOS type faces and app types vary.

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Anonymous

https://mobile.twitter.com/renieanjeh/status/813770391143456768

Above is a conversation on Twitter with Robbie. (A magic circle lawyer is a particpant.) Robbie openly threatens people etc, denies responsibility and denies his friends are even friends.

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Anonymous

Who cares who he calls friends, better to criticise him for all the things he has done to fellow students.

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Anonymous

He hasn’t done much to fellow students tbh. He’s all bark and no bite.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Hi Robbie.

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Anonymous

You think Robbie could ever criticise himself?

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Anonymous

When big firms interview you they secretly think “can I stay up till 4am doing a doc review with this chap?”…looks like he’s failed that test.

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Anonymous

How can you “shun” an offer which doesn’t exist?

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Anonymous

I actually think they do exist and I think he has influential and powerful friends – that’s what makes him so awful. He’s literally done well off of a network.

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Anonymous

He hasn’t done that well. He massively exaggerates his own success. If you look on his Linkedin…he hasn’t ever stepped foot inside a single law office or a large organisation despite claiming to have “contacts”.

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Anonymous

Robbie claims to have contacts? Well he certainly isn’t using them. If you look his on LinkedIn he hasn’t stepped foot in a law firm of any business for that matter.

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