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We asked our Snapchat followers what they’re up to, this is what they said

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Warning: contains an unhealthy dose of land law

This week, we asked our Snapchat followers what they were up to. The answer: a lot of land law prep, some tutorial-induced binge eating, plus a healthy dose of procrastination.

Here are 13 of our favourite responses.

1. Gross

2. Law students <3 current affairs

3. Another day, another essay 💤💤💤

4. #prayforEm

5. What a stack

6. Tom Jones > trusts

7. We relate to this on an emotional level

8. Blessed

9. Jurisprudence who?

10. Good luck mooters

11. ☕☕☕

12. #boring

13. Productive

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33 Comments

Anonymous

omg this is, like, my life #sotrue #lawstudentlols roflopter

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Pongobulb

If you’d have asked me: “I am paginating my boss’ bundle”

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Jones Day Trainee

If you’d have asked me: “I am something, my boss’s.. erm…” never mind.

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Anonymous

Keele University? No offence, but why would an aspiring solicitor/barrister study law there? I mean your changes of securing a TC must be pretty low…

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Anonymous

Why exactly?

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Anonymous

I feel like this is a rhetorical question, but I’ll answer anyway. Maybe because its a crap uni?

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Anonymous

As are all universities named after parts of a ship (see previous comments re Hull Uni).

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Travelling Gavel

To the OP – yours must be equally so with your proof reading being so abysmal; “mean your changes of securing” and to the Anon at 12.41; less of the vitriol for Hull; I am now 10 years in and Hull seems have served me well.

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Anonymous

10 years into your sentence is an achievement. When are you up for parole?

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Anonymous

Best comment today^^^

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Anonymous

What kind of horrific crime do you have to commit to be sentenced to Hull?

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Anonymous

So an individual is defined solely by their uni hm? If that were the case we would have no Lawyers from keele, or any non russell group uni for that matter. Thank god we don’t actually live in that world, the legal profession would be in shambles because it would be riddled with pompous, ego maniacs such as yourself.

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LLLPPP

Fatal mistake of bringing up university allegiance, LC is savage and will not accept any universities other than Oxbridge amongst others.

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Anonymous

I genuinely don’t understand the attitudes to land law of most students. It is a fairly settled area of law, and I don’t think the concepts are that hard to grasp. I think there are so many other areas that are much more difficult to get to grips with.

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Anonymous

I think it’s more to do with the fact that it’s incredibly boring to study than the actual difficulty of the area.

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Anonymous

I used to be surprised at how much difficulty some of my peers had with understanding the concept of trusts / having a split between legal and equitable/beneficial title. I suspect that has a part to play with land law. I do recall struggling with some of the constructive trust cases (i.e. in relation to family homes) though…

However, much of this is probably down to the perception that land law is very technical (as compared to say, criminal or contract law). It just uppity wannabes saying “look at me, I’m clever”.

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Anonymous

What p*ssed me off is the insistence on using the word “user” when just about every other form of language would just use the noun “use”.

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Anonymous

Dear all students: just FYI, you will study law for three years (or one year) and feel bored and dislike the subject. Or not, maybe you will enjoy it. Then when you get into practice you realise that actually you rarely have the opportunity to cite Victorian case law, or the musings in Denning’s dicta, but spend most of your time brownnosing some godawful person to get work that they won’t pay you for, and don’t respect you for doing, whilst being at their command all day. For the love of god, do something else with your life.

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Anonymous

I am not saying you’re wrong at all – that’s actually a fair account on how things are in reality. That said, that day every month when you get your US-firm associate pay cheque DOES make up for all the bollocks you have to put up with. Believe me.

Right… back to billing…

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Anonymous

How are your pension contributions looking

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3 PQE solicitor at an MC firm

I see time and again people like the above discouraging people to not go into law and do “something else”. It’s just like saying “I personally don’t like pizza, so I will discourage you from having one too”. Some people like the law, some people don’t. Some lawyers leave their firms and do something else, some people stick around because they either enjoy it (or think it’s at least bearable or think it’s no worse than any other jobs).
Look. A job is a job, no matter what profession you are in. A lot of the times you would feel you’d rather stay tucked under your duvet and watch Neflix instead of coming into the office. It’s human nature. Of course there is no need to sugar-coat what being a lawyer is like – it is just another ‘job’ after all, but there’s no reason to treat it as a bad profession just because you don’t like it and tell others there is an oasis elsewhere.

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Anonymous

hear hear.

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Straight Outta Law School

As someone who dropped out of law school due to the stress and angst, I completely agree with you. I still celebrate and comiserate with my friends who are now trainees at firms large and small. I don’t think they are off their trollies for pursuing law- but I think I was bonkers for not realising it wasn’t what I wanted to do with my life. There are many a satisfied lawyer out there- they can’t all dislike their work.
To each their own- many lawyers/law students have switched track. But so many have gone the other way.

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Anonymous

Anon @12.45 said two things though.

He/she ended by telling people not to do law. I agree that that is just an opinion and that there are plenty of worse jobs.

But he/she began by saying that when you work as a lawyer you can mostly forget about interesting case law and legal argument. And that’s true. Nearly all sols’ work is slogging through paperwork or smarming around clients.

I suspect a lot of starry-eyed would-be solicitors get very disillusioned when the awful truth dawns on them early…from the point of view of expertise and intellectual challenge they might as well be general office workers.

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3 PQE solicitor at an MC firm

You do face a lot of intellectual challenges working as a lawyer. And of course there are times you do stuff that only requires mental capacity of a middle-aged husband who just came home after a hard day’s work sat on a couch watching football with a beer in his hand. This is very much the case for trainees. But eventually, as you progress through your PQE level, you tend to do stuff that requires a lot of thinking, discussion and coming up with a solution. More so than a regular office worker (I was a general office worker for three years before I moved to law) in my experience.

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Adult Person

I googled Snapchat and it says it’s a teeny twinker social media app.
Perhaps we could see the LC team in bunny noses, flower crowns and overly large spectacles.

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Anonymous

Can any MC trainee/ US trainee offer practical advice on how to do well in an interview?

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Jones Day Partner

1. Make sure you look good naked.
2. If the answer to 1. is yes, turn up naked.

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MC Trainee

1. Don’t lie.
2. Smile, and try to appear enthuasiastic about whatever you’re talking about, whether it’s your fascination with M&A, or explaining what a bond is – even if, in reality, you don’t really know what these things are, and don’t really care.
3. Don’t answer the question immediately, even if you have an answer which you can roll off immediately – taking a few seconds to “really think” about each question makes it seem as if you’ve actually thought about it, even if you haven’t. It also buys you time when you’re asked a difficult question, and genuinely need a few seconds to think of what to say.
4. There’s nothing wrong with saying “I don’t know” – this is better than lying / bullshitting. But what’s even better is saying “I don’t know, but my reasoned guess based on the following assumptions would be…” – the interviewer wants you to at least have a go, rather than giving up immediately.
5. Make sure you know exactly what your wrote in your application – more likely than not you’ll be asked about it, and it looks pretty bad if you can’t remember why you wrote something / that you even wrote it at all.

Good luck!

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Anonymous

You contradict yourself a bit here – on one hand, imploring not to lie, and also not to lie/bullshit, but also telling the questioner to explain a bond without knowing what it is. Isn’t that the definition of bullshitting?

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MC Trainee

It’s a subtle difference – most interviewers will be happy with a uni student who knows that a bond is a form of IOU which pays interest and which can be traded on bond markets, and is an alternative to debt finance; however, I wouldn’t go as far as to say as this is actually knowing what a bond is, or indeed, how it works in practice.

The point about “not caring” was probably more relevant, but point taken.

Also – I would say there’s a definite difference between outright lying, and a small bit of bullshitting (which I would define as knowing a bit about what you’re talking about, and then fudging the rest). You can get away with a small amount of the latter before you’ll get called on it, whereas I would strongly advise against trying to get away with the former.

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#prayforcommas2017

Are these students allergic to commas?

Entry 3: “…the UK constitution is flexible Dicey’s…” – what is a flexible Dicey’s?

Entry 13: “Watching homeland avoiding my land law essay” – why on earth is homeland avoiding your land law essay?

I feel sick.

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True Story

That consti essay reads like something I wrote in my AS politics class.

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