5 Reasons To Go To The IBA Annual Bar Conference 2017

IBA Annual bar Conference 2017

The IBA Annual Bar Conference 2017 is taking place in Sydney on the 8-13 October!

So with that in mind here are 5 reasons why I think students should attend.  These are in no particular order:

Be a law geek

I am a massive law geek, and attending the conference was actually a bit of a challenge! I always find that when you go to events like this, seminars you like the sound of, are always on at the same time!  So I had to pick the ones I really wanted to go to.  In an ideal world, they would record all of the seminars so you could catch the ones you didn’t get to attend!

Knowledge

Oh my, the stuff you can learn at these events is ridiculous! From legal updates, legal news, new legislation, international law, marketing and more.  Plus there are loads of companies there with new products, books, resources (and tons of freebies!).

My favourite seminar that I went to was on Virtual and Augmented Reality, and not only was it an interesting topic, the panel was amazing! There were legal representatives from all the big players in AR/VR. Rachel from Google even brought lots of google cardboards with her, so I was fortunate enough to get 3 (and give 2 to my little sisters).  The discussions on the subject were amazing, hearing about what is coming for the future, how they have to change legislation.  Warnings that are needed off the back of the Pokemon situation (people jumping off buses, night time, trespassing) etc.  It was fascinating!

Networking (day time)

Now you all know how much I hate the word networking, and in this post I have used it twice (sorry!).

There are so many opportunities to meet people during the day at the IBA Annual Conference.  From walking around the exhibition areas, to attending talks and seminars.  I found everyone to be very welcoming an social and even managed to make friends with some British lawyers in the lobby of the hotel on the first day.

Networking (night time)

I will be perfectly honest when I say that I did not expect to go to many of the parties and drinks receptions, despite hearing how amazing some of them were.  I ended up going out every night to more than one party, and had a great time! Some of the drinks receptions are in amazing venues, with stunning views.  Lawyers like to have a lot of fun, so they are well worth attending!  Plus you never know who you might meet! I was fortunate enough to spend an entire party with one of my favourite chambers in London, 7 Bedford Row.

Enhancing Skills 

Attending events like these is a great way to enhance or develop your skill set. If you aren’t so confident you can feel a little out of your comfort zone.  However, you need to make the most of these types of events, so fake it, ’til you make it, confidence wise.  Speak to people if they speak to you, or go and sit in a row with someone else already there.  They are bound to say hi! Go and chat to people in the exhibition! Get on twitter and see who is tweeting with the #IBASydney hashtag and start chatting to people and engaging with them. Make the most of the opportunities whilst you are there.

For more information on the conference click here.  Don’t forget early bid prices close on Friday 21st July 2017.

Now please don’t get me wrong, I know that for most people (and in particular law students) it is very impractical to suggest going all of the way to Sydney for the IBA Annual Bar Conference 2017! However, if you live in Australia and can get there then I do highly recommend it.

If you are in Australia (or not) then your universities might be able to sponsor your ticket, or perhaps law firms that you have worked with, even Bar Council’s and Law Societies (around the world) assist their students in attending events such as these. So definitely ask and see if it is possible!

Plus the IBA offer some sponsorship themselves, so check that out.  They did have a number of sponsored places for last year, so I am sure they will be running that again for the IBA Annual Bar Conference 2017.

Last year I attended the IBA Annual Bar Conference in Washington DC and did a series of posts on it, you can check one of them out here.  I would love to know if you are attending the IBA Annual Bar Conference 2017 in Sydney!

Rebecca x

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5 Must Read Books For Law Students

I have lost track of how many times I have been asked “What are the ‘5 must read books for law students’?”

5 Must Read Books For Law Students

5 Must Read Books For Law Students

I have written blog posts with lists of books I recommend for lawyers and law students, I have mentioned them in videos, on my social media and also on email/face to face.

I am a massive law geek (we all know that!) and I do genuinely have an ever-growing law library at home.

So whilst I already have content on my blog covering ‘must read books’ and I recently did a twitter series containing a few of my favourites, here are 5 I want to share with you today!

I just shared the 5 books on my Facebook page, ‘Lawyer In The Making‘ so head on over there now if you want to see the list quickly! Check out the post containing the links here.

5 Must Read Books For Law Students 

Now don’t get me wrong, there are so so many books I could have listed today! Picking just five is not easy. So expect a few more posts like this.  I might turn it into a little series, a bit like my monthly twitter “who to follow” posts!

The 5 Must Read Books For Law Students  I am sharing today are: 

* Glanville Williams – Learning The Law http://amzn.to/2pOFFnc

* Catherine Barnard – What About Law? Studying Law At University http://amzn.to/2qV5S3E

* Tom Bingham – The Rule of Law http://amzn.to/2quT4Q0

* Nicholas McBride – Letters To A Law Student http://amzn.to/2qw4jYP

* Emily Finch & Stefan Fafinski – Employability Skills For Law Students http://amzn.to/2ruovaS

Next month I will share another 5 Must Read Books For Law Students.  Hopefully I can add my ebook to that list at some point in the very near future.

*Shameless ebook plug time*

If you don’t already know I have an ebook coming out very soon, jam packed full of useful hints and tips! It is called, A brief guide to being a law student.

If you subscribe to my newsletter you will get notified when it goes live first, as well as receive a discount code.  You can subscribe by clicking here and completing the short form (I promise I won’t spam your inbox).  In the meantime you can check out my ebook website and a short extract here. To read more about my ebook, check out my blog post here.

Rebecca x

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Rising Star Law Award | Shortlisted

So I have been shortlisted for a Rising Star Law Award. Whilst I am sure I won’t win, I would love your vote. If you just want to vote then click here, select “law” in the drop down and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Rising Star Law Award

The Rising Star Awards (something I had not really heard about before) acknowledge people who they deem are doing amazing things in their sector.  I am named alongside some remarkable women in the legal sector (which is an honour in itself).  Please check out everyone that has been nominated in the legal shortlist here.

Sponsoring the law award is Reed Smith LLP, and it is in memory of the remarkable Lynne Freeman.

I still can’t quite believe it. Not only have I been nominated by someone, but I have been shortlisted by a panel of judges.

The process of the Rising Star Law Award

So as mentioned above, I had never heard of the Rising Star Awards.  I had however heard of We Are The City and the work that they do.

Quite few months ago I received an email from We Are The City/Rising Star saying someone had nominated me for an award in the legal sector.  I filled out a form with some more information and had to wait to see if the judges would shortlist me.

As always I never expect to be shortlisted, and I am still shocked someone has taken the time to nominate me. Then on Monday, I was walking around The Justice Museum in Nottingham (being a law geek) and my phone notifications went crazy.

It was via twitter that I realised I had been shortlisted for the law awards.  There is a public vote for some of it and I would appreciate your support.

Vote for me in the Rising Star Law Award

If you would like to vote for me (before the 9th June 2017) then follow these simple instructions.  Click this link, fill in your details, select law from the dropdown and then my name, Rebecca Morgan.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support with my blog, but also the votes for these awards. I never expect to win these things, but really appreciate you voting for me.  Please do share with friends and family, or on social media.

Rebecca x

Lawyer In The Making is going to the National Justice Museum

I am going to the National Justice Museum next week. Excited is an understatement.  It is no secret that I am a massive law geek and whilst I love sunny holidays and also city breaks. I also love going to crime and justice related places.  That include museums, castles, prisons etc.

Whenever I go on business trips I always try and find something law related to go and see or do.  I even managed to do that when I went to California for 3 weeks on a sight seeing type holiday.

I have an ever-growing list of crime and law related places I want to visit, both here in the UK and abroad.

National Justice museum

So on Monday I will be in Nottingham, and I am heading to the National Justice Museum.  It has been on the list of places to visit for a while, as I have heard great reviews.

The weather isn’t meant to be amazing Monday/Tuesday in Nottingham, so it will be good to kill a few hours.

Plus I have heard that the pub/bar in a church is next door so that is always handy.

What is at the National Justice Museum?

So what is at the National Justice Museum? A series of cells to check out, various methods of punishment and lots of history (as well as more modern topics).

Our impressive collection is made up of over 40 000 objects and archives. It is the UK’s largest collection relating to  to law, justice, crime and punishment.

I am really looking forward to checking out some of the Great Train Robbery evidence as well as the dock from Bow Street Magistrates Court, which was used in notorious cases such as the trials of Oscar Wilde, Roger Casement and the Krays

I am going to keep this blog post short and then fill you in on my thoughts once I have visited.

Have you visited the national justice musuem? let me know on social media!

Rebecca x

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5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

If you could see my inbox on my emails, and my DMs on Twitter and Instagram you would be shocked by the amount of messages from “stressed” law students.  It isn’t just the UK that is entering exam season either.  With that in mind I thought I would share 5 stress busting tips for exam season, but as always remember this list is not exhaustive.

Find out what works best for you, and what keeps you stress-free (or the least stressed), keeps you revising well and productive but also healthy, not sleep deprived and ready for your exams!

Stress Busting Tips

Stress Busting Tips

Here are 5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

Get Some Fresh Air

So often students tell me they wake up and revise solidly in their room or library all day and night.   This is so unhelpful.  The only saving grace if you are going to the library is that you are actually leaving your room and hopefully get some fresh air en route.

Get outside if you can, even if it is a 15 minute walk! Whether you use that time to switch off, or continue revising is up to you.  As you will see below, taking a break is important! However, you might learn better outside, so maybe use the fresh air to re-listen to a lecture on your phone, or to switch off by checking up on legal news, sports results, random news etc.

Maybe switch off completely and leave your phone in your pocket, or give your parents or friends a quick call.

Whatever you choose to do, please do not spend hours and days in the same location!

Get Some Sleep

As important as fresh air is, so is sleep! Revising and cramming all night, really won’t help long term.  If you are studying all day and night, you won’t be retaining information or performing at your best.  You will also be shattered for your exam and that is not what you want.

Try and stick to your usual sleep schedule and pattern.  Not sleeping at all or sleeping for less than your body is used to or wants can cause a lot of problems.  You definitely won’t be feeling on top form for revising or sitting the exam.

Work around your schedule, I know not everyone works best first thing, or late at night etc.  But… make sure you are sleeping.

Eat Proper Food 

Living off chocolate bars, takeaways, massive packets of crisps and energy drinks will not help your brain function.

The sugar high, will become a sugar crash at some point.

Try and get something healthy down you, eat some fruit or vegetables as well! I love chocolate and will snack on that, but I also eat healthy food.

Are you someone who is tempted to buy lots of junk food? Then why not take a lunch (or even your snacks) with you.  If you go prepared with some healthier alternatives, you will study better and you won’t be on a hunt for some food (which is typically unhealthy snacks).

Stay Off The Caffeine (and caffeinated drinks)

So many memes and photos get shared of students cramming in the library surrounded by empty cups of coffee and tins of energy drinks.

If you can please refrain from consuming too many of those, or consuming them at all.  If you are trying to stay focused because you have crammed all night then as mentioned above you need to sleep!

Take A Break 

Do not study 24/7, you won’t be working at your best.  Whether it is watching an episode of your favourite programme, cooking yourself some decent food, going to the gym, do it! Take a 15 minute break every now and then, get up from your books or computer screen.  Take a longer break as well! You cannot function properly, or retain all the information you need if you are working 24/7.  Plus it should help you keep focused.

I will be sharing some other revision, stress and study tips, but what do you do to when it is exam season?

Remember to check out my revision planner downloads for May here, and I will be uploading a full study/revision set in September for the next academic year. So make sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss them! (Click here to subscribe, and I promise I won’t spam your inbox).

If you are struggling with anything at University remember it is really important that you speak to someone about it and I filmed a very short video explaining why here.  Whether it is problems at home, general university complaints or issues, or something subject specific speak to one of your tutors.

Good luck with your exams!

Rebecca x