The Late Company – this needs to be in schools!

The Late Company, is a production that I feel very strongly about when I say, this needs to be in schools!

You might remember that last weekend I went to see the play, The Late Company at Trafalgar Theatre/Studios.

I was totally blown away by both the production and the cast/story.  It was phenomenal and so different to anything else I had seen on stage.

5 people, minimal props, a dining room table and they hardly left the stage.

It was on a topic relevant to everyone in today’s world – social media.  More than that though it was about bullying  in real life and online, it was about parents being unsure about what social media is/does.  It was about suicide.  It was also about how different people react in different ways to comments made about them.  Some people can laugh them off, other people it really cuts hard and they struggle so much with being bullied and the cruel comments being said about them.

The Late Company also highlighted that sometimes bullies do not realise the potential ramifications of their actions.  It touched on, people making comments just for a laugh, but never quite realising how that is being taken by others. It also made clear that sometimes these comments being made aren’t intentionally hurtful and also that at times they aren’t overly rude – but the impact it has on the individual receiving them can still be damaging.

In today’s world, everything (sadly) happens online. 

You all know that I am a massive advocate of social media.  I use it everyday, I encourage people to be on social media.  I regularly recommend law students to be on twitter and other social media platforms, as it is a great way of engaging with the legal sector, lawyers, legal news, events, law schools, law students etc.

I also spend my time writing strategies and training lawyers and law firms (even law schools) on how to engage better online – so I get that we live in a world where “being online” is how we live now, it is just such a shame that students (and adults) are unable to escape from bullying because of it as well!

The Late Company needs to be shown in schools.

This theatre production needs to be shown in secondary schools.  It needs to tour the UK.  Due to the minimal props and space provided it could easily be done in school halls.  Students need to watch this, as it might make them think twice about some of the things they say and do, in person and online.  Equally, it might encourage some students to come forward and talk about being bullied, as opposed to

The Late Company needs to be shown to parents.

I do feel very strongly that this play needs to be shown to parents.  It would be great to see schools putting again for the parents in the evenings. It would be great to see schools putting this production on for students during the day and then parents in the evening, or even allowing students to sit with their parents and watch it.

The Late Company – a must watch in 2017!

Sadly this production is coming to an end, but it really does need to be brought to schools.  The impact this production had on me and the others in the room was huge.  People were crying in parts, the whole production really hit home just how volatile a place the internet can be, it also reminded me just how hard it is for people to seek help or tell someone how they feel.  It reminded me that we live in a world where everyday there are new developments to social media platforms, and new platfroms and apps being delivered – and very often parents are unaware of some of these, or what they do.

It reminded me that whilst bullying has happened for years and years, we now live in a world where school students are subjected to it 24/7.  They can’t leave school at the end of the day and the bullying stops, it now carries on in their pockets, with their phones, tablets, laptops and desktops.   We have students putting up questions about themselves on apps and websites, waiting for responses from people they do and don’t know.  I feel very strongly about all of this because I was bullied as a child in primary school, but I could, to some extent, ignore it when I got in the car and went home.  Today that just doesn’t happen.  It is constant, and no wonder it leads to students self-harming, or contemplating suicide.  It is awful to think that someone is being tormented so much and subjected to such a horrible experience whether they are at home or school, and the only way they think this will stop, is by killing themselves.

The reviews for The Late Company are amazing, and I couldn’t recommend it enough – it really hit home on so many topics and issues! The Independent wrote a great piece about it here.  I do hope that if you have time (and you can get tickets) that you go and see this production before it closes.  You can purchase tickets for this through ATG here.

Rebecca x

Short hair… Don’t care!

So I never thought I would be writing a blog post titled Short hair… Don’t care! on here.

As you all know a lot of my content is law related, whether my own career, study tips, legal news, events, tips for lawyers and law firms growing their online presence etc.  So why a blog post called Short hair… Don’t care!?  Well, after a little incident on the train the other night, I need to have a little rant.

On Friday night I was on the tube in London and there was a mum and her little boy and girl. The little girl looked at me, then to her mum, and said “that girl has really cool hair”, to which her mum replied, “You don’t want to look like that, she looks like a lesbian. Only girls who are lesbians have short hair, boys don’t ever fancy girls with short hair”.

Thanks for making all of these comments loud enough that I could hear you.  It took all the willpower I had in me to not correct you.  I am not an argumentative person and I am not someone who would ever speak out of turn, or make a scene, however, your comments are completely unnecessary.

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To the lady on the train, for the record, and not that it is any of your business, but I am not a lesbian.  I have short hair because I want to have short hair, and I like how it looks.  Oh, and I have been in relationships, so clearly guys do like girls with short hair.  Yes, not every girl has super short hair like me, but I don’t care.  If anything I like looking a little bit different.

I have always had short hair, various forms of short hair.  From a bob, to a super short pixie cut, I change it up as often as I want to.  I have a long fringe at times, then like recently, I cut the long fringe off.  I also have it undercut.  It doesn’t make me a boy and it also doesn’t make me a lesbian.

Last time I checked my hair hasn’t impacted on my education, my career, my relationships, my family or friends etc.  I have a law degree, I run a blog, I speak at universities and to rooms full of law students, I speak at conferences and events all over the world, I have worked in law firms whilst studying to become a barrister, oh and my family and friends don’t seem to be bothered by my short hair.

Also, and this might shock you, but there are lesbians with long hair.  So assuming someone’s sexuality based on their hair cut is properly a bad idea.

For the record, whilst some guys might not like girls with short hair, some do.  My short hair doesn’t make me any less of a girl.  It should go without saying that different people like their partners (whatever sexuality) for various reasons, everyone has their own type.

One final thing, lady on the train – whilst we are on the subject of me having short hair, I don’t care what you or anyone else thinks of it.  Yes I have written this post, but not because your comments upset or hurt me, but because we live in the 21st century and assumptions like the one you made are completely unwarranted and unnecessary.  So as the title suggests, Short hair… Don’t care!

Plus, and whilst I would never ever tell anyone how to raise their children, you are potentially raising children that think it okay to judge someone and assume someone’s sexuality based on their hair style.  You might also deter your own child when she is an adult from having short hair for fear of “looking like a lesbian”.  So please stop.

As a grown up with short hair, I have never really experienced the “oh, she’s definitely a lesbian’ thing, thankfully! Yes I did a lot at school, but that was over 10 years ago, and whilst it was not nice or warranted then, I just got on with it.  However, I am now 26 and I don’t need you telling other people on a train what you believe my sexuality to be, straight or gay.  It isn’t any of your business, and quite frankly it never will be.

Rebecca x



Crime Podcast | Crime Bites

Crime Bites. Interested in crime? Love podcasts? Fascinated by criminology?

Then Crime Bites might be for you.. actually there is no ‘might be’ about it… Crime Bites will definitely be for you.

So what is Crime Bites?

Crime Bites is a podcast by criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley.  If you love all things crime, criminology and watch documentaries then her name might sound familiar.  Thats because Elizabeth regularly features in crime based documentaries, giving her opinion or explaining why people do things etc.  She has been on Crimes That Shook Britain and also Britain’s Killer Kids, as well as others.

Crime Bites makes sense of crime, but also looks at society’s response to it.

Elizabeth Yardley is also a criminologist working at Birmingham City University and she specialises in the study of homicide and crime in the media. Combining the two you get the essence of her podcast, Crime Bites!

Crime Bites is a monthly podcast and it explores crime and society’s response to it.  The podcast draws on criminological ideas.

Other criminologists, from all over the country also feature on the podcast.  Elizabeth discusses with them some of the concepts used in their daily jobs, as well as trends, key cases and aspects of criminology that they are researching in more depth.  It also touches on programmes of interest, the media’s response and also societies response to crimes committed.

I really enjoyed listening to their discussion on various television crime dramas or documentaries – as someone that is a huge crime geek (when it comes to podcasts, books, TV series, documentaries) it is fascinating to know what other people think of them.  As well as what criminologists make of it – they (like lawyers) view things in a different way to people that don’t necessarily come from that field of work!


Should you listen to Crime Bites?

Yes – you can probably tell from how I have been writing that I really enjoy listening to this podcast.  The guests that are featured are always great and easy to listen to.  You feel like you are learning a lot whilst listening, but it is also an easy listen.  I get super excited when a new episode appears.

I also really liked the episode “Social Media Homicide Confessions: Stories of their killers and their victims”.  As you might have guessed, this episode looked at crimes where people had confessed their killings on social media.  The question was posed, “Is this only a recent thing?” because there are circumstances in history where people went to the papers etc.  It was interesting to hear their thoughts on the topic of social media confessions and changing times.

Other episodes have looked at tv programmes such as Doctor Foster, Mind Hunter etc.  They have also discussed crime related topics linked to sexting, websleuthing, prisons and even dating apps.

Do you like listening to podcasts? Do you like crime ones? Have you listened to Crime Bites before?

Rebecca x

LITM Q&A Series | Isobel Wright

In this post on my LITM Q&A series, Isobel Wright talks about her experiences of studying law and being an in-house trainee.

What made you decide to study law? 

I have wanted to become a solicitor since before I can remember. So, I always knew I would study law at university. I have never considered anything else.

Where did you study law? Where did you study the LPC?

I have a joint honours degree in Law and French from Swansea University. I studied the harmonisation of international laws at the University of Geneva and International Environmental Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. I studied the LPC at the University of Law Guildford and have so far completed the core modules of the PSC at BPP.

What was your favourite module to study, and why?

I would say employment law (not that it’s what I do now!). My lecturer for the llb had many years of experience and was incredibly knowledgeable. She always gave detailed examples of situations she had experienced during her career and her lectures were engrossing. I later volunteered at the GERALD clinic at UoL and my role was to speak to the clients and find out the background details. I found the cases so interesting and people were so honest about their situations. It was gripping!

What, if any, extra-curricular activities did you get involved in whilst studying law?

I didn’t participate in many group activities or organised groups post college. I got really into the gym and lifting weights (nothing impressive) and I took part in some classes with the dance society. I also attended quite a few French related groups and events. At the UoL I volunteered at the GERALD clinic, had the opportunity to shadow a judge, took part in charity events/fund raising. In Geneva (ERASMUS year) I was part of some ex-pat groups.

You are doing your Training Contract in-house, what made you want to go in-house?

It actually happened by happy accident! I have previous experience in-house and I love the environment. Two years ago I was headhunted for a temp position as a legal assistant. I was honest in my interview about my goals and wanting to find a training contract, which I was aware could not be done at this company (they weren’t a training contract provider at the time) but even still, after my initial interview, I was offered a permanent role. I love the job and quickly became a part of the team. After a few months my boss asked me to look into how the company could become a training contract provider and offered me a TC! 

How have you found your Training Contract so far?

It’s been very busy. I’m lucky to have had the opportunity to do my TC in-house. The sales team don’t see me as a trainee and the work is spread out evenly. We’re a close team and I can ask anyone anything at anytime. So, I have a lot of responsibility but I’m also incredibly supported.

What area of law do you hope to qualify into?

At the moment I would say IT Law but I’m not entirely certain yet.

What are your future plans? Legal related? Long term? Short term?

Short term: finish my TC and become a fully qualified solicitor!
Long term: To be a solicitor! Compared to a lot of other professions, there’s not often a lot of room for upwards progression in-house (I’m not sure if that’s the case everywhere but it has been in my experience in several in-house teams). At the moment I’m happy where I am and I can only imagine being here. There’s still so much to learn and I want to grow as much as possible and gain as much experience as I can. I love my team and since joining I have had constant opportunities to learn and improve. Both legally and in other areas (I have been able to create my own software and I am learning to code). So, it’s an exciting place to be!

If you could give one piece of advice to people considering studying law, what would it be?

Just do it! If you’re already set on a career in law – go for it. Do not doubt yourself.
If you’re not sure what you want to do in the future, there are so many doors that will open for you when you have a law degree. It will stand you in good stead for the future regardless of what you decide to do. I know many people who have a law degree and have subsequently pursued a different and successful career. Once I graduated I was inundated with calls from recruiters inviting me to interviews for all sorts of jobs!

YouTube Videos Round Up

YouTube Videos Round Up

Why have I written a YouTube videos round up post?

Well… I am really enjoying filming some new content and videos for my YouTube channel and if you read my blog you will know I recently uploaded a post and video titled ‘Where have I been?’.  This blog and video discussed my plans for my YouTube channel going forward and what content I will be sharing.  The content will be for law students and lawyers, so keep an eye out.

In the meantime I thought I would do a quick round up of some of the videos I have uploaded so far.  Every link will open in a new tab, so you can watch the video with ease and then come back to this post.

What is Lawyer In The Making?

When I first gave me blog a design overhaul (quite a few years ago), I decided I wanted a short video explaining what you could expect from my blog.  I still love and use this video (even if it looks a little old now) plus I was determined to make sure the butterfly made it in to the video.

My Q&A Video

I pulled together a few of the frequently asked questions I receive on a regular basis, and answered them in a YouTube video.  This video is what sparked further videos being created, seeing as you liked this one so much, and gave me such lovely feedback.   I cover frequently asked questions about my career, my blog and why I blog!

My new promo video

This is my new promo video, it contains me answering a couple of the frequently asked questions that I covered in my Q&A video.  It is great to use at events or just to share with people if they want a quick overview of what this blog is about!

Does LinkedIn Still Work?

I believe it still has a massive role to play in terms of online engagement for lawyers and law students.   See my thoughts here.

25 Random Facts About Me

This video helps you get to know me (the girl behind the blog) a little bit better.  I always try and keep my content personal but professional.  I keep my private life private, but always try and be approachable and friendly in the content I share, as well as honest.  This video gives you a little insight into the things I love, my upbringing, the sorts of holidays I love and what I get up to in my spare time.  As well as my love for Costa Hot Chocolate and crime/law related box-sets.

Stressing About Advocacy?

Public speaking does not always come naturally to us.  Getting up and speaking in front of your class, or even in an advocacy task can be daunting.  Here are 4 basic tips to help calm those nerves and make you feel more confident.

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Get in the Lawyer Mindset | Attend Legal Events

If you follow me on any of my social media platforms (or read my blog regularly) then you will know I am a massive advocate of law students attending legal events.  Whether that is a seminar on a legal topic of interest, a public lecture, a conference – it is really important you try as law students attend some.  Watch more on this here.

How do you follow up with people after an event?

In this video I share some of my top tips for following up with people you have met at events.  Whether they told you to email them, or send across a CV etc.  here are my tips for ensuring you do it well!

Law Students | How to use Twitter like a pro

If you have been following me for a while, then you will know that Twitter is my go to platform for all things law.  It is the one I recommend law students and lawyers use, whether for research, news or engagement.  I pulled together some of my top tips for law students, on how to use twitter like a pro – check it out here.  Oh and I guess I can shamelessly plug my own twitter here, so give me a follow!

5 Top Tips For Using Twitter (Law Firms)

This video contains 5 very simple tips to help you use twitter better.  The content isn’t just applicable to law firms though, they are useful for tips for lawyers and law students.

5 Further Tips For Using Twitter 

In the interests of you, I didn’t want to make a stupidly long video (no one has time to watch that right?) so here are 5 further twitter tips!

My 2017 Law School Mission

You will see from my tweets that I find it really frustrating when law schools aren’t utilising social media or their websites properly.  It is great way to engage better with their current students, other law schools and potential students.  Check out my 2017 law School mission here.

Are you having problems at University?

Studying law can at times be challenging and you shouldn’t have to suffer alone.  Equally if you are having problems at university or at home and these things are impacting on your studies then you need to speak to someone.  Speaking to someone at your university can help get the problem resolved a lot quicker, even if it is just some additional support, a deadline extension or an acknowledgement that the fact the heating is never on will be looked into! Watch this video here.

I hope you enjoying checking out my YouTube Videos Round Up, and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel whilst you are on one of my videos. Alternatively click here and then subscribe.  It just means you never miss an new video.

Should I create another YouTube Videos Round Up post in six months time?

Rebecca x