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Keele University’s law society in training contract gavel clanger

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Hysteria sets in on application deadline day?

Aspiring lawyers across the country will be on their seventh cup of coffee today as they rush to get their last minute training contract forms in. But, despite Keele Law Society’s advice, please don’t include a gavel in your application.

The student law society has posted an image to Instagram telling applicants to make sure they’ve added “those finishing touches” — a sentiment illustrated by a gavel of all things.

It’s a common misconception that gavels are used in UK courtrooms. Keele now joins a long list of law schools continuing to fuel this fallacy.

Last year we reported that the University of Oxford’s Hertford College had included the auctioneer’s hammer in its alumni newsletter. Not long before, BPP Law School dropped a similarly gavel-shaped clanger in its 2015 advocacy manual. And who could forget this Staffordshire University gaffe from the archives?

We’ll put Keele’s gavel post down to training contract deadline day hysteria, which will reach its peak today. If you’re crunching through your last minute applications and are after some tips, check out Legal Cheek’s ‘13 articles you must read if you’re applying for training contracts this summer’ piece. Good luck!

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26 Comments

Ben

Alternative possibility: it’s a stock image and you’re reading far too much into it in an attempt to look clever.

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Anonymous

I am not sorry to say that this must be one of the most ridiculous, pointless articles I have ever read on Legal Cheek, let alone the wider press.

Katie King please get a grip.

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Anon

I am sorry to say that your use of the phrase “let alone” is unsatisfactory

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Cicero

Oh for goodness’ sake – often, when illustrating that something is to do with, or somehow connected with, law, one might use an image of the scales of justice, or lady justice holding said scales, or maybe dusty old tomes of case law, or a barrister’s wig, or a briefcase to symbolise the corporate solicitor’s trade. These are all symbolic – they obviously are not intended to convey that those objects will actually be used in the area one is discussing.

Take the scales, for example – scales have not been used for any legal purpose for many centuries (at least), and yet we all recognise the symbolism is apt (weighing competing interests, testing the weight of an argument etc.) Similarly, a gavel symbolises adjudication – authority and finality of judgment. What is wrong with using these symbols? As above, the purpose is clearly not to accurately portray day-to-day life in the profession.

For the writers at legalcheek, I would suggest that accuracy of portrayal of the legal profession is probably not something they are in a strong position to criticise others for.

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Anonymous

Who knew such a lighthearted piece could hit such a nerve…!

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Anonymous

Haha agree so much with this. They have just jumped into the bandwagon of that ridiculous inappropriate gavels twitter account. It’s tired- we get it. Gavels are not used in courts. Who cares if they are used as a symbol of justice in a photo though?

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Anonymous

Slow news day?

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Anonymous

Some of LC’s choices of images are more questionable than this. Yet again LC needs to look closer to home before judging others.

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Anonymous

Keele?

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Anonymous

Why is there another article about Keele on here?!

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Anonymous

Keele seems to piss off a lot of LC commentors so stick in the article title to pay for Alex’s rent

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Anonymous

What a pointless article. At least that Law Society is actively assisting their members. Most societies get the job and do absolutely nothing.

Slow news day?

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Anonymous

I think the entire team at Legal Cheek need to have a word with themselves for publishing this article.
It’s self-parody.

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Annon

Wow, great read. Tearing down a law society to plug your own advice 👍🏼

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Joel Padi - President of Keele Law Society

We are equally dismayed as to the necessity of this article and the rationale behind it. However, we categorically do not accept any sort of threat or personal attack towards any member of the media. The photograph in question is a generic stock image and was not intended to be an accurate representation of the English and Welsh legal system.

A gavel is simply a well-recognised, traditional symbol of justice and the law.

The post in question will be deleted and we apologise for any offence It may have caused.

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Anonymous

‘member of the media.’ LOL Katie wishes

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Anonymous

Gavels are dynamic and connect non-legal minds with the legal process immediately. Get a grip all of you.

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Anonymous

AMUSING STORIES MAKE ME SO ANGRY YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF LEGAL CHEEK!!1!

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Anonymous

Legal Cheek = wankers

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Anonymous

Legal cheek wankers

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Lord N

Forget the gavel…Why is that man saying ”It’s a player, you can do anything!”. I just do not understand.

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Anonymous

Just to clarify, the gavel still exists as of the 2016/17 BPP Advocacy Manual. I completed the BPTC this year and my first thought upon seeing it was “well this isn’t a great start…”.

Little did I know, that was the least of my worries with BPP…

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Toby Bowden

Go Keele! Fuck you Katie, you bitch!

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Joe Hebbron

Katie needs to be gangfucked by 90s black guys.

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Joe Hebbron

I have gonorrhoea that I can give to you Katie

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