Throwback Week

Wow, this week really is a full on throwback week.  My Facebook and TimeHop keep reminding me of all the things I have been up to over the last few years and this week is a particularly good one.  So with that in mind, I thought I would share my throwback week, plus they are all law related (no surprise there then!).

Throwback Week | Number 1

Two years ago this week I graduated! Two years ago, where does the time go?

For me the whole graduation ceremony wasn’t high on my list of priorities and must do’s.  I was just pleased I could say I had my law degree.  It was something I had wanted since I was a little girl and I loved the entire process of studying.  You all know that I didn’t go to uni or study law as I had imagined I would.  However,  looking back I wouldn’t change anything.  I wouldn’t change where I am now for the world.

The only benefit for me for actually going to my graduation ceremony was that I could show my family the photos.

Throwback Week | Number 2

I started the BPTC this time two years ago.  It was a really great week, graduation from my law degree and then embarking on the BPTC the same week.  It was the start of my one weekend a month training.

Don’t get me wrong though, studying one weekend a month isn’t as easy as it sounds. I loved studying the BPTC but when you are working a full time job (which isn’t full time 9-5 hours) and then blogging and freelance work it can be a lot.  I loved it though.  The only other thing with only having classes one weekend a month, is consistency.  You aren’t doing advocacy every week, or every fortnight.

Throwback Week | Number 3 – Boston Law Schools

This time last year I was in Boston, having the most amazing time.  I stayed at a lovely hotel, The Ames Boston (I highly recommend it) and I was fortunate enough to stay in one of their corner suite rooms and I had the most amazing views. The sunrises and sunsets every day were a particular highlight.

I got up to some amazing law related things whilst in Boston.  I had the pleasure of visiting 3 law schools, sitting in on classes, meeting professors and students etc.

Suffolk University Law School was the first one I visited, I had a brilliant day and the staff were so friendly and accommodating.  Plus the law school is in an amazing location.  Suffolk Law School was a stones throw from my hotel (so not too far from the waterfront and the shops/restaurants near Quincy’s Market).  It is also, right on the Common and surrounded by Freedom Trail landmarks.

Boston University School of Law.  Where do I start? The views over the river and town are simply stunning.  The facilities are amazing, and the staff and students welcoming! I had a brilliant day again, and really enjoyed my time here.

Harvard Law School.  This was my absolute dream, and short of studying at Harvard, I am so pleased I ticked this off.  Walking around, chatting to students and chatting to Harvard Law Alumni (as they had a big reunion dinner on the day I visited) was amazing.  The bookshop was a law geek’s dream. If I hadn’t had to fly onto Washington DC and then fly home, I would have bought more books! Plus they do have the most amazing collection of baby apparel… and I did have to buy myself a Harvard Law School hoody.

Throw Back | Number 3 – Exploring Boston

I of course spent time exploring Boston and areas including Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall which was just down from my hotel.  Most days I managed to take a quick stroll around the Common, the cute bridges are a great spot to watch the world go by.  Newbury Street is a must, for all those who love a designer shop.  What I really loved most though was going for a wander, there are some beautiful houses and streets to admire.  These streets are littered with cute coffee shops and florists.  Plus you can’t forget the Freedom Trail, a must do, and it takes in some great places.

One of my highlights had to be going down to the waterfront on evenings when I had no plans, grabbing a drink from Starbucks and just watching the sunset across the water.  Watching the world go by, whilst I worked or blogged was a highlight and I am a sucker for a sunset.  Thankfully it was only a short walk back to my hotel.

Some other must do’s if you are in Boston include; whale watching, the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill, checking out the various stops on the Old Town Trollies (a great way to check out the sights), a sunset cruise (a must do, the views of the Boston skyline as the sun sets will not disappoint, plus hearing the cannon go off by the USS Constitution is amazing) and also watching the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees at Fenway Park.

Rebecca x

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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Get to know me!

Whilst I share a lot of information about what I am up to in my legal career and studies online, my personal/private life I do tend to keep private, I like it that way.  However, one of the things I want my blog to be is personal but professional.  with that in mind I thought you should get

So here is an opportunity to get to know me a little better!

  1. My name is Rebecca.  No one really shortens it, I think I always wanted it to be Rebecca at school, as I knew I wanted to do it law.  Well I say no one really shortens it, that’s true, apart from my little sisters.  Being the oldest, when they both came along they struggled to say Rebecca, so they tend to call me Bec.
  2. I have grown up in London.  I feel so lucky to have grown up in a city that I want to work in.  I love London, and it is every aspiring lawyers dream, so I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.  I do also love the fact that I am surrounded by amazing cities, plus the countryside and seaside.
  3.  I am ridiculously shy.  No one ever believes me, but I am.  I have always been shy and I am lucky that I know a few ways to hide the nerves when speaking at events or out and about.
  4.  I love holidays.  Ideally the kind where you just lounge around in the sun for days, but I’m not adverse to a city break either.
  5. Costa Hot Chocolate with marshmallows is the one.  If you follow me on my social media platforms you will know it is my go to drink.
  6. My closest friends are all guys. I don’t know why, it just happened that way.  There are a handful of them that I would be lost without.  Obviously, I have some girls that I am friends with as well!
  7. I have a 12 year age gap between my youngest sister and I. I was in Year 7 when she born, and I remember the day as if it was yesterday.  Now she is taller than me, far more head strong than I ever was at her age and it is a constant reminder of how much the world has changed since I was her age.
  8. When I was born there were 5 generations.  I love looking at a picture we have of my Great-Great Grandad, my Great-Granny, my Grandad, my Mum and then me as a tiny baby!
  9. I am actually brown belt in karate.  When I was younger I would go along to classes twice a week, and I would hate the thought of going, but love it once I was there (I am sure my parents hated me for this).  I gave it up when I started secondary school.
  10. My family have a house in Scotland, in the middle of nowhere, with hills and beaches nearby.  It is perfect, and the perfect escape from London.

So there you have it, 10 things you may or may not have known about me.

Rebecca x

5 Programmes To Watch | 2017

5 Programmes To Watch | 2017

So if any of you know me, you know I love a good boxset (and typically those from the US – though the UK does have a few good ones).  With studying it isn’t always easy to watch programmes, so very often they sky+ until I can watch them.

However the start of 2017 is looking like it could be a great few months for crime/law related TV programmes.

Here are just 5 that I am super excited to watch over the coming months.

Prison Break

The rumours have been doing the rounds for many years about a potential return of Michael Schofield, and last year it was finally confirmed.   I was so excited to find out that Prison Break would be returning for another season, and that Michael was in fact not dead.  However, I am a little dubious about whether this series will be as exciting as the others.

Prison Break last aired on our screens in 2009, so it has been quite a while! For all the information on the new season of Prison Break which will be coming in a few months check out all the coverage from Fox here.

Broadchurch 

After two phenomenal series, everyone wanted more.  The suspense in series one reminded me that the UK can still produce a great TV drama.  I won’t lie, I was apprehensive that series 2 might not have the same suspense, and that cliffhanger every episode – but it did.  More and more information drip fed every episode, and instead of being able to eliminate suspects, you find yourself doubting even more people.  Broadchurch is wonderfully written, and the actors are amazing.

Season 3 airs very soon, and I am intrigued to see what line of approach they take.  Series 1 saw the murder investigation and Series 2 was the court case (albeit controversial in parts by many in the legal profession).  So what can we expect for Series 3?

You can get all the information prior to the launch on ITV here.

Little Boy Blue

It has been 10 years now since a murder that truly shocked the nation.  It was in August 2007 that 11 year old Rhys Jones was shot on his way home from football practice in Liverpool.  A crime that hit the nation, and one that I remember seeing on the news as I was growing up.  A senseless killing but one that brought a community together.

The TV programme is to air in April and you can follow all coverage on the ITV Hub here.

A Killing In My Family 

A Killing In My Family, is a channel 4 documentary which follows the charity Winston’s Wish.  This charity helps children who have sadly lost close family members to murder or manslaughter, sometimes the children have even witnessed the assaults.  The charity also supports those that are now caring for the children.

Murder is never a nice topic to discuss, but very often we live in a bubble where life is pretty much okay.  Sometimes we need a reality check to remind ourselves how lucky we are.  Charities like these are amazing, and the work they do is phenomenal.  Children should never have to lose a parent or sibling to murder or manslaughter, and they most certainly should never witness it.

I hope this TV documentary really helps highlight the damage that is caused after these horrific killings.

The Moorside 

This drama on BBC 1 due to air in February looks at the kidnapping of Shannon Matthews. It was back in February 2008 that school-girl Shannon Matthews was reported missing by her mother.  It was a news story that hit the nation hard, and one that left everyone puzzled and shocked by.  Even more so, when it was announced that her mother (who had acted somewhat weird throughout) had played a significant role in.  It left the nation questioning how anyone could do that to their own child. I remember the coverage, and the trailers for this TV drama have brought the memories back.

For more information check out the BBC info here.

If you have liked this post let me know! I always have so many crime and law related programmes I watch, or re-watch.  So I would happily share more information if you wanted it!

Rebecca x