November 19, 2013

New Pathways Student – Review of the Launch Event

Matthew Roberts tells us about his experience as a brand new Pathways student!

"I was very excited when I was invited to the Pathways to Law launch event, and looked forward to it immensely. I was very impressed with how much planning had clearly gone into the day, and it definitely did not disappoint. I found everyone there from the coordinator to the student representatives at Warwick to be very pleasant. They gave me lots of useful information as well as answering any questions I had pertaining to the Pathways to Law programme. I enjoyed the activities that were planned for us, and found that the icebreaker session really brought everybody out of their shells.

I was very pleased that P2L contains very useful experiences, such as lectures on different areas of law, and work experience placements with top law firms. I unfortunately cannot say much about my experiences with the entirety of the programme as I have only just started sixth form and have only attended the launch event so far. I can see however how well thought out it is, and the amount of careful time and planning that has gone into constructing it. I very much look forward to attending all of the other exciting and informative events that are planned, the various information and connections they can give me, and the people I will meet along with the experience I will gain.”


November 08, 2013

Day in the Life of a Warwick Law Undergraduate

Writing about web page http://studentblogs.warwick.ac.uk/uglaw

Check out our 'We are Warwick' Law Student Blog for an insight into being a Warwick student!

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Law News Article – Husband Sues Wife For 'Ugly' Children!

Writing about web page http://rt.com/news/shinese-man-sues-ugly-wife-353/

Chinese man sues wife over ugly child – and wins $120,000

Published time: October 27, 2012 00:53
Edited time: October 28, 2012 00:29
Before and after: Feng's wife spent over $100,000 in plastic surgery to modify her appearance

Before and after: Feng's wife spent over $100,000 in plastic surgery to modify her appearance

­Jian Feng, living in Northern China, has filed for divorce from his wife after he found their newborn child to be “incredibly ugly,” arguing that his wife tricked him into the union by appearing to be a beautiful woman when she was instead ugly.

"I married my wife out of love, but as soon as we had our first daughter, we began having marital issues. Our daughter was incredibly ugly, to the point where it horrified me," reports gossipwelove.com

Feng, after first accusing his wife of cheating, since the child girl did not look like him, was later confronted by his wife with the bitter truth – cosmetic surgery.

It was an apparent case of false advertising, as it turned out that that his once-beloved had spent over $100,000 in plastic surgery to modify her appearance.

Appalled by the fruit of their loins and by the fact that his wife had never revealed that surgery had enhanced her looks, Feng took the matter to court and won $120,000 in a settlement.

The reaction in social media to the story has largely been in support of Feng.

“When you are in a true relationship, you tell your spouse everything. Past present and future – if not, then you don't respect them” one male commented on Facebook.

The female audience has also largely sided with Feng. “Of course I would – if you start a relationship with a lie, where does it end?” one woman asked.


PATHWAYS STUDENTS: TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! Leave a comment below!


November 07, 2013

Pathways Opportunities – Eversheds Unlocked Academy

Writing about web page http://www.eversheds.com/global/en/where/europe/uk/overview/csr/eversheds-unlocked.page


Eversheds Unlocked Academy - Rumana Khanom


I am very lucky to have been invited back to join the Unlocked Academy which is a four year programme after completing my 3 day work experience with them. The Unlocked Academy’s launch event was on the 31stof October where I was able to travel to London to participate in the activities and get an insight on what the next four years will be like.

At the event, I was able to meet my mentor who is a Partner at the Birmingham Eversheds branch. He will be my first point of call for the next four years so that if I have any problems with things like CV’s, UCAS, or personal statements then he is the man that will check everything over for me. I found that he is very supportive and easy to talk to as well.

The purpose of the whole Academy is for each individual who wants to become a solicitor to enhance all of their skills in the period of four years so that when it comes to applying for training contracts, Eversheds will have a place for us. This is a huge advantage as it is very hard to find training contracts, so to be able to have a job open for me even before going into university is a massive accomplishment.

This opportunity only arose because of Pathways to Law sorting the work placement with a top law firm like Eversheds in the first place. Attending this work placement for only 3 days was the best thing I’ve done to date as it has opened up many doors for me so that my career is what I want it to be.

For more information about the Eversheds Unlocked Academy, check out: http://www.eversheds.com/global/en/where/europe/uk/overview/csr/eversheds-unlocked.page


Warwick Law School – Breaking Down Status and Stability in Law Classroom

Writing about web page http://www.tedxwarwick.com/talks/talk.php?year=2013&id=27

Hi Pathways Students,

Have a look at this video from Professor Gary Watt about breaking down barriers in the traditional Law classroom at Warwick! It will give you a real insight into what being in a Law lecture/seminar is like!


October 31, 2013

Pathways Launch Event – Saturday 26th October 2013

Thank you to everyone who attended the Launch Event on Saturday! Warwick students and staff alike were really impressed with the enthusiasm and knowledge of all who attended!

Please see below some of the great photos we took on the day - watch this space for some photo competitions and prizes!

For all of the photos, check out our Instagram profile: http://instagram.com/warwickpathways2013

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'Positives of Pathways' – The Experience of a Current Year 13 Student

Tami Gulati - Current Pathways Student in Year 13

I have loved being on the Pathways to Law course and the first year was an absolutely brilliant experience. The things I enjoyed the most was the mooting competition, my work experience and the Pathways to Law national conference.

The mooting was enjoyable because I was in my element, I was able to look at the case and analyse it and use the knowledge of the helpful Pathways Mentors to formulate my argument and present it to the judges and audience. This event was beneficial because it helped increase my confidence and my ability to speak well, which was useful during my work experience.

My work experience was at DLA Piper and it was the best use of my half term - I even gave up going to Venice for the work experience! I experienced how a top law firm works as well as understanding that it is not just Law graduates that the firms are after, but non-law graduates too. This was crucial in helping choose the degree I wanted to study at university. It increased my understanding of the paths that are open to me which can allow me to have a successful career in Law.

The conference reaffirmed my decision to study a non-law degree but go into a legal profession through a conversion. This was due to the fact that there was always somebody available to answer my questions and clear any misconceptions.

The best part of last year was that I enjoyed it. It introduced me to both mentors and peers who are friendly and always willing to help. There is no doubt that everyone will stay in touch even after the course has finished.

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October 25, 2013

Welcome to Pathways From Laura Evans

Laura Evans - Pathways to Law Coordinator

Laura EvansDear Year 12 students,

WELCOME TO PATHWAYS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK! We are delighted to welcome you to the programme and the Pathways to Law community!

I just wanted to make a quick post to say hello, and make you aware of some of the fantastic things you can get involved in over the Pathways to Law Launch weekend.

Firstly, today has been an exceptionally busy day preparing all of the finishing touches for the Pathways to Law Launch Event that is running tomorrow; we are very much looking forward to meeting you all! This will be a jam-packed day where you will get the opportunity to meet other Pathways students, mentors, and Warwick Law undergraduates with whom you will be working with for the next two years. It will also be a chance to explore Warwick campus and ask any questions you might have about the programme.

Also, we strongly recommend you get involved with all of our social media platforms throughout the Launch. Here are all the necessary links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WarwickWP#PathwaystoLawLaunch

Instagram: Search for WarwickPathways2013

Please feel free to tweet your thoughts, follow our Instagram page for photo updates of the day, and take your own photos to post to our Instagram feed (providing you have consent from everyone in the photo). Also, if you would like to write a blog post about your experience of the event then email me on pathways@warwick.ac.uk and we shall post it for others to see and comment on!

I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

Best wishes,

Laura


'Positives of Pathways' – The Experience of a Current Year 13 Programme Student

Rumana Khanom - Current Pathways to Law Student in Year 13

law.jpgP2L has opened up many opportunities for me as well as giving me access to meet many new friends whom I am still in close contact with today. Not only does the programme allow you to meet employers and employees from the field of law, whether it is a barrister or a solicitor, but it also gives you the chance to complete work experience with a highly ranked law firm. I completed my work experience with Eversheds and have now been given the opportunity to complete a 4 year programme with them which will really benefit me when I am applying for training contracts. During the work experience, I made friends and gained contacts of several solicitors who were all very friendly.

You will also receive a mentor who will help you with your college work and things like your personal statement. They are all very encouraging, especially the P2L co-ordinator; Laura and Annunziata. Everyone on the programme just became a big family.


October 24, 2013

'Life After Warwick and Pathways' – The Experience Of A Warwick Alumni

Anna Grieves - Pathways Graduate, Warwick Graduate, and Trainee Solicitor

Anna GrievesOne of the many highlights of my time at Warwick has to be my involvement with the Pathways to Law project. By taking on the role of a Pathways mentor, I was able to share my own experiences with students and guide them in the right direction for their future. I had the pleasure of working on the Pathways Conference this summer and was overwhelmed by all the inspirational students and their will to succeed. Over the space of just a few days, I witnessed individuals come out of their shells to develop invaluable debating and negotiation skills, and was able to have a great deal of fun with them at the same time. As a Pathways student you will be provided with some incredible opportunities - make sure you make the most of everything you are offered and, with a little hard work and determination, you will go far.

Unfortunately, my time at Warwick is now over, but I can honestly say that I had the most incredible four years. Academically, Warwick Law School was a great place to study, pushing me hard to make sure I achieved my full potential. Socially, Warwick allowed me to make life-long friends and create some amazing memories. I would do it all again in an instant. As I studied European Law with French Law, I was fortunate enough to spend a year abroad in Lille, France, where I studied French law and had the opportunity to sample French life. This is an experience that I would definitely recommend – not only was it a fun filled Erasmus year, it also looks great on your CV, thanks to the skills you develop out there.

After graduating in July, I moved down to London to start the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Holborn. The LPC is the professional qualification required before you can start training as a solicitor. For me, this will take a year, although some students take an accelerated version, which lasts six months. After completing this course, I will have a further two years of “on the job” training, before qualifying as a solicitor.

I am now a month in to my course and can say, without a doubt, that it is very different from studying law at Warwick. Whilst it is based on the same basic concepts, this course focuses on the practical approach that solicitors must take when dealing with situations. This means a lot of our work is based on the relevant forms and procedures and any academic analysis is no longer required. It’s quite nice to finally see how everything I’m learning will apply to my work in practice.

The course itself is made up of lectures, small group sessions and independent study activities. The group sessions are each two hours long and effectively take the form of workshops, involving activities to help familiarise everyone with the relevant areas of law covered in the lectures. The LPC does involve quite a lot of independent study, but the resources provided are all really easy to follow and highlight exactly what you need to know. At the moment, the workload isn’t too bad and I find that if I work solidly during the day, I have a good amount of spare time at evenings and weekends. This may all change when it comes to assessment time, of course! Overall, so far so good and living in London is an added bonus, which I’m definitely making the most of!


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