Friday, May 17, 2013

Given the flurry of activity regarding Family Law recently (Chief Justice Beverly McLaughlin and Julie MacFarlane's Report on SRL's) - I found this YouTube video about advice to UK Law Students on what they should consider in choosing a summer articling position with Law firms who specialize in Family Law.

Some observations:

Nick Westley (upto 8:45)
  • You realize that FLAW is NOT taught very well in Law School.
  • It is changing quickly - so you can have the satisfaction of "making a noticeable difference".
Matthew Brunsdon (8:45 - 14:45)
  • Integrity
  • Judgement
  • Perseverance
  • Numeracy
  • Written Skills
  • People Skills
  • Negotiation
 Amber Sheridan  (14:45 - 25:15)
  • Week in a life of a Jr Barrister
  • realize not at all what you learned in Law School
  • experience different types of hearings 
  • Children are a major focus - but it has to be more than "I want to help people/human rights"
  • dealing with SRL's is a big skill more necessary - agression
Laura Moys (25:15 - 32:45)
  • writing skill very important - and not just forms
  • Commmon sense answers
  • not just a business transaction
  • covers broad disciplines 

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