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

YouTube URL | Lawyer In The Making

So excited to say that I finally hit 100 subscribers on YouTube so I now have my own custom url.

https://www.youtube.com/c/LawyerInTheMaking

I am so pleased you all said you wanted more videos after my Q&A video, and whilst I had always considered filming more I was very anxious in case it wasn’t what you wanted… so thank you for encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone.

I am planning on filming a lot more content in September again, so make sure you hit that subscribe button!

Rebecca x

p.s. a slight shameless plug but I am going to be sharing a lot more tips on how to engage better with LinkedIn on my 7 day social media online training for lawyers so make sure you sign up to that here.

It is available to purchase all year, but if you book before the launch on 1st September 2017 you receive the training for £30 instead of £70.

 

Launching | Social Media Summer School For Lawyers And Law Firms

Welcome to the Lawyer In The Making Social Media Summer School! 

The Social Media Summer School for lawyers and law firms is a great way to work on your social media, improve your engagement and really understand the role social media can play for you and your business.

Social media is fundamental for lawyers and law firms; it is a place to share and discuss legal news, engage with lawyers around the world, and show potential clients that you are active in the legal sphere!

Who is the Social Media Summer School for?

The Social Media Summer School is for lawyers and law firms predominantly (though the information is useful for law students!).

Whether you have just set up your social media accounts, are thinking about doing so, or have had them for a while – there is something for everyone.

Plus the information I am going to be sharing is applicable to anyone based anywhere in the world!

A bit of background about me

I have been building up my law blog for approximately 8 years now and have written content and trained lawyers and law firms all over the world on all things digital marketing.  I am a law geek, but I also understand the importance of social media and blogging for lawyers.

Having had over 8 years experience working in the legal sector, I get lawyers (and I also understand clients).  That means I can tailor the training to what you (and your clients) need and want!

So why have I created the Social Media Summer School?

Some of you have had my 1-1 and group training sessions on social media and blogging (whether that be online or in person). However I wanted to create something that is accessible to even more of you, and something that you can use time and time again!

What is covered?

There are 6 lessons and 1 bonus session included in the summer school.  These sessions will include the essentials from setting things up to the frequently asked question “How often should I be posting?”, to what you can share, who to be following, and how to make life easier!

The topics covered are:

  1. Social Media Overview – basic tips and tricks, why social media is fundamental and what your audience want from you!
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. LinkedIn
  5. Instagram
  6. Videos – YouTube, Periscope, Instagram Stories, Snapchat and platforms such as Facebook live.
  7. *Bonus* – blogging for lawyers and law firms!

Each session includes a video, and some useful information to take away and action.

 

 

Why should I sign up?

It is only £30. For that £30 you get 6 video lessons and documents and resources, plus one bonus session! You also get to email me any of your key questions (and I will respond as always, to each and every single one of them).  The videos and resources you can use time and time again.

Sign up here and you will receive the videos starting on the 1st September 2017.

This will be available after 1st September for you to sign up any time but the price will be £70.  So purchase before 1st September and save yourself £40.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account, just pay as a guest!

Rebecca x

Featured | Roll on Friday

So today my inboxes on various social media platforms (as well as my whatsapp) have been flooded with people sending me screenshots showing a picture of me on a Roll on Friday article.

You may remember years and years ago that I wrote a few blog posts about Roll on Friday, and some interesting/funny articles that they had shared.

Well today, on Roll on Friday, they featured a story about a parent who has got pretty involved in her son’s legal education through her social media accounts.  The reason I am featured, is because this particular parent happened to contact me ages ago via social media to ask some questions.

Lots of people have trawled through her social media history to find some of these tweets and comments.  Some of the tweets I have seen today so far about this story have been pretty harsh, and whatever you make of this parent’s actions, I am sure she had a good reason to do so, and she clearly just wants to be involved in her son’s education (rightly or wrongly).

If you do want to read the article you can access it here.

As always, Roll on Friday published this article, and Legal Cheek followed suit.

What have you been up to on a not so sunny July Friday?

Rebecca x

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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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