In preparation for the upcoming 2019/20 Inns of Court election, we asked some of the current committee to tell you about their role and what they have learnt!
Laura Palmer, Vice President: ‘VP has really helped my presence within the law school and has provided me with some excellent networking opportunities. This year, my jobs have included: organising the logistics of the National Mooting competition, overseeing the Inns website and keeping it up to date, organising the Southampton team for Surry’s National Mock Trial, and attending the President’s Meeting along with the other law societies. Not only has VP improved all my skills such as communication, leadership, and teamwork but I have thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone on the committee and I cannot recommend this opportunity enough!’
Sophie Cole, Secretary: ‘The position of secretary was new for this year. In this role, I have provided much needed support for some of the society’s flagship events. I have also been responsible for the society’s online presence; setting up the Instagram page and running the Facebook page, with the occasional article for the inns website. This has been a great opportunity to enhance my CV, by being able to demonstrate teamwork and communication skills that transfer well onto application forms.’
Helena Gann, Social Secretary: ‘I went for the position of Social Sec for the Inns of Court Society because it was a great opportunity to get involved with the Law School. I have thoroughly enjoyed planning fun socials throughout the year. Being on a committee teaches you so many transferrable skills, such as organisational and communication skills, that are valued by employers. I would highly recommend applying for the position of Social Sec (or any other position on the Inns committee) as it is a rewarding and fun experience.’
Devonte Smith, Moot President: ‘My role as mooting president of the Inns of Courts Society has definitely been rewarding. Not only have I had the opportunity to work alongside my fellow committee members and stay abreast of events happening in the Law School, but my position has also presented me with the opportunity to meet a number of students from outside universities who also have intentions of doing the Bar. My main role was to organise the Annual National Mooting Competition, which is held in the second semester every year and involves LLB and BPTC students competing and being judged by practicing attorneys. Not only was it beneficial to my CV, but also gave me an opportunity to liaise with various solicitors/barristers and judges in the profession. It is definitely hard work, but your committee and staff will be of help and it will be worth it in the end. PS. Law students may not party often, but when we do, our socials are second to none!’
Caroline Jackson, Academic Events Co-Ordinator: ‘Being Academic Events Coordinator has been an amazing chance to liaise with other members of the University and the wider legal world in order to find opportunities to help students engage with the Bar. Highlights have included organising a trip to the Supreme Court and the Outreach Dinners at the Inns of Court. It’s built my confidence in pursing the Bar for myself and has definitely enhanced my CV! I’d recommend this role to anyone – especially first years who aren’t sure of what they want to do and would like to take on some responsibility. It’s a very manageable and rewarding job.’
Lal Sargun, Speed Moot Coordinator: ‘My role as a speed moot co-ordinator involved organising the speed moot competitions at the University. It helped me build long-lasting friendships and connections, meet students from different backgrounds and gain transferable skills such as communication, teamwork, organisation, problem-solving and time management. The role gave me further insight into mooting and provided me with great opportunities such as meeting barristers and listening to their real life experiences and advice about mooting. Employers certainly want to see that you’ve had positions of responsibility, and you can definitely use your experience to show you’ve got communication, teamwork and organisation skills. I would encourage people to give it a go; societies actively want you and they’re more welcoming than you imagine!’
If you would like to become a member of the new committee please email your manifesto and a current picture of yourself to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Monday 11th March.
We have the following roles: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Moot President, Speed Moot Coordinator, Social Secretary and Academic Events Coordinator.