Is the news always negative?

Every now and then, well actually more often than not, I turn the radio on in the car and listen to the news and the only stories making the headlines are negative ones.

It is common practice nowadays to hear about crimes, murders, police investigations, prison enquiries and so much more.

Whilst I appreciate that this needs to be shared, sometimes that is all that is shared.

You aren’t telling me that at any given time there is nothing else happening in the world, no other news stories to report on, or some uplifting pieces to share.

I am aware that the world we live in, is sadly one where crimes committed are a daily occurrence, and I am not naive to think this does not go on.  However, every now and then I would love to hear an uplifting story, or even something that was not crime related.

is it too much to ask to have some positivity in the news every now and then?

Whilst I do understand that there is so much going on in the world, from terrorism, wars, politics, religion and even poverty, and we definitely NEED to be hearing about these things, do we really need to be hearing constantly about all of the crimes that have been committed?  Plus that handful we hear about each day isn’t even half of what is going on here in the UK on a daily basis.

How nice has it been over the last few weeks to see the news dominated by people’s achievements at the Olympics, stories of people who have fought so hard to make it to the Olympics and even go on and win medals.  Stories of people beating the odds to represent Great Britain.

These are the stories children need to be hearing, they need to be encouraged and shown how hard work can pay off, whatever field they want to go into.

They need to be reminded that having an education (not necessarily going to university) but sticking school out is necessary.

They need to be reminded that getting into trouble at a young age isn’t cool, it is stupid.

They need to be reminded that bullying other class mates doesn’t make them big or clever, it makes them a horrible person.

Why can’t these olympic athletes be people that the children in our schools aspire to be? Why can’t the children working tirelessly to raise money for various causes be the role models for children today?

Is it possible to take the focus less off crime, and instead remind people what it means to be a decent human being?

There will always be crime (I know that) but let’s take the focus off that, share the news stories like we have to do so, but also infiltrate them with stories that inspire, encourage and motivate young people to live a life free from crime.

Let’s take the glamour out of committing crimes because it really is having a huge impact on the children of tomorrow, and I for one don’t like where this is leading.

Rebecca x

 

Stop Stealing My Content

stealing my content

I am totally shocked that I actually need to write a blog post titled ‘Stop Stealing My Content’, and have put it off for quite some time but it is getting a little bit ridiculous now.

Stealing My Content

Stop Stealing My Content

Whilst I can’t necessarily stop people from stealing my content,  I am now going to be making a bigger deal of it when I find out people have done.  If I see you have directly stolen content from my blog (and I do have alerts etc.) then I will be contacting you and asking you to either reference the article directly (and link to it) or remove it.

What is worse is that some of my followers regularly contact me with links to blog posts, photos, news stories on other blogs or Facebook posts which is my content.

I have absolutely no objection to people sharing my content, so long as they do the decent thing and reference Lawyer In The Making and put a link to the article.  I actually like it when people do that, when they agree, disagree, and share posts.

If you are going to refer to a blog post, paragraph, photo, or comment of mine, then remember to reference Lawyer In The Making. Plus it isn’t that hard to copy a link, especially when I know you know how to copy content, as you have taken some of mine!

What I am really not happy about is when people copy word for word my content and upload it as their own.  That is plagiarism and there also is no need for people to do this.

My blog is my blog, a place for me to write legal news updates, career updates, share legal events I go to, book reviews, useful tips etc.  If you have a blog, you create the content for it yourself.  Or you take ideas or news stories from other people but you share the necessary links.

I don’t go around stealing content from other people; if I see a news story I like, I always link to it in the blog post and say where I took it from.

Are we living in a world where people lack manners and common decency?

I like to think that I am fairly decent, easy going human being, but this is getting ridiculous.  I have seen a blog where a certain student copied my entire About Me page, how is that even relevant to her?  Copy the style of it if you like, but not all of the content, plus last time I checked her name wasn’t Rebecca and she didn’t go to my university.  I know she looks like a fool but it isn’t the point.

I regularly see people who have stolen entire blog posts and some of my most highly read posts too, please share these posts and link to them, or copy a paragraph (and a link) but write your own content.  It isn’t that hard.

Rebecca x

Summer Offer | Virtual Law Work Experience Programme

As you may have guessed from the blog post title, it is Summer Offer time!

There has been a lot of interest in my Virtual Law Work Experience Programme which I am so excited about and you can see the initial email  I sent around here as well as the blog post all about it.

I mentioned in the email and the programme information that the programme runs all year and there may be offers going up throughout the year with money off codes.  Well today is offer time!

Summer Offer

SPECIAL OFFER VIRTUAL LAW WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME £100

summer offer

Instead of the price being £250 for the programme, I am offering a summer discount, taking the price down to £100 per person! That is a saving of £150.  This is the cheapest offer I am going to be running on the programme ever.  Plus this programme is considerably cheaper than the one I paid for.

The reason I am putting this offer out there is because I know a couple of people have got in touch saying they would like to undertake the programme but couldn’t afford to at the moment, but it was the ideal time whilst they were on holiday.

The programme

As you are aware I have created the Virtual Law Work Experience Programme to cover the whole of the United States (rather than just New York which is where I undertook mine with the company that no longer exists).  I am hoping to expand this programme and potentially branch out to other countries as the year goes on.

Part of the programme enables you to write some content for law firms all over the United States on various legal topics, benefitting them but also giving you exposure to new areas of law, developing your research and writing skills as well as making some great connections.

There are 6 written tasks for law firms and then a final piece, none of the work is overly time consuming and you can either undertake the 6 written tasks in 6 or 12 weeks.  It won’t interfere heavily with your studies and if needs be you can always start and put a hold on tasks if you get too busy.

more information

Don’t forget that you can email me if you have any questions on the programme, the types of work you would be doing, a more in-depth breakdown of the skills you will be gaining or developing or any other questions you have.

I had the best time when I undertook the programme a few years ago, and because I gained so much from doing it, plus I always get asked about it in interviews, so when I realised the company I was telling you to go and look at didn’t exist anymore, I created my own programme.

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Whilst you are on my website or newsletter make sure you subscribe to my weekly newsletter, that way you can stay up to date on all the blog posts I share as well as events I will be running, and some other exciting bits and pieces I have planned for this year.

Make sure you are also following me on all of the Lawyer In The Making social media channels.

FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn (Rebecca), LinkedIn (LITM), Instagram.

You can also find me on snapchat – snapcode: rebeccaalice91

You can check out lots of videos that I have created over on my YouTube Channel here.

Why not watch my professionally filmed Lawyer In The Making Q&A Video, or some of my twitter tips for lawyers videos.

Rebecca

A brief guide to being a law student

I am so excited to announce that my e-book ‘A brief guide to being a law student’ will be available to purchase very very soon.

It has been an amazing project to work on, and I will explain all about why I made the decision to write the e-book as well as why there has been a slight delay in launching it.

Here is the front cover Of a brief guide to being a law student

A brief guide to being a law student.

A brief guide to being a law student.

I have been very lucky to work with We Are Mogul on this, and it is handy because they get me, and what Lawyer In The Making is and stands for, and they have brilliant ideas and know all of the tech based stuff too!

I can’t wait for you to see a lot more of it and I will be sharing sneak peaks over the coming weeks.  As soon as I have a launch date I will let you know but in the meantime make sure you subscribe to my weekly newsletter as I will be sharing a discount code to all of my followers.   Here is a copy of the launch email that I sent to my subscribers and you can subscribe via this link, as well as on the blog itself.

I hope you find the ebook useful, informative and a resource you can use throughout your legal studies.  I have tried to make it different to the standard ‘how to be a law student’ books on the market, and I really hope you enjoy giving it a read.

ebook twitter account – a brief guide to being a law student

I have set up a separate twitter profile for the ebook and you can find it here.  Do follow for ebook launch updates, sneak peaks and lots more information, and if you can retweet and share with friends, family, colleagues and fellow law students I would be extremely grateful.

Rebecca x

Amazon Prime Day | Today

Today is Amazon Prime Day and I thought I would share the link with you to Amazon Prime in case you wanted to check out any of their amazing deals that they have on offer specifically today.

As you will all know already, Amazon runs discounts all year on their products, which is great for law students who need to purchase books, and it is just great in general for anyone who wants to purchase brand new items with a little bit of a discount.

what is amazon prime?

I was fortunate enough to have Amazon Prime for the last year, which means that I receive free next day delivery and sometimes even free same day delivery, as well as access to all of the Amazon Prime TV and Movies.

Prior to having Amazon Prime I was a frequent Amazon purchaser, and I would regularly buy University books, random law books, DVDs, boxsets, CDs etc.  Delivery is already pretty decent with normal Amazon Delivery and you can obviously choose to pay for Next Day or Special Delivery with individual items anyways for anything urgent.  However, the overall cost of Amazon Prime for the year, isn’t overly expensive and I now regularly grab bits on their for my sisters and family, so the cost is well worth spending.

As previously mentioned this isn’t a sponsored post, and I have not been asked to share any of this with you.  I just thought I would promote a product that I really enjoy using, and has been a benefit to me over the last year.

I do love buying books from bookstores, and wherever possible try to do so, but sometimes that isn’t practical, and sadly there is a shortage of law bookshops in the UK, and carrying bags full of books home isn’t always a great idea.

amazon prime day deal

Click on any of the links above to be taken to the Amazon website where you can check out some of the amazing deals they have on today, as well as access the 30 day free trial.  You can choose to have the 30 day free trial at any time of the year, so maybe check it out when you plan to order your university textbooks!

Rebecca x

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