It’s that time of year already. As you probably gathered from the barrage of SUSU elections materials, the election season is here. And the question on everyone’s lips over here at Inns is…
Do YOU have what it takes to be on the Inns of Court Society Committee?
Have you got big ideas about the sort of help aspiring barristers need to stand out? Are you confident, hardworking and good at balancing your time? Then you should nominate yourself to be elected onto our committee.
This is not only a great CV opportunity, but a great way to play a positive role in the Law School and help your barrister buddies. It’s not easy – but it’s worth it. You’ll make a bunch of new friends and have the opportunity to network with some of the most accomplished professionals around. These could be barristers, judges, partners in law firms or anything in between.
It is surely an opportunity not to be missed.
Below you will find info on the roles available and what each one entails.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your name, Student Number and year of study.
- A 500 word manifesto (see below for our tips).
- A picture of yourself (preferably a headshot) to be used to put on your Candidate profile on Innsightsoton.com.
The deadline for nominations is Friday 4th March 2016. The nominations will be announced on Monday 7th March 2016 and you can then begin campaigning. No campaigning should be conducted until this date. Voting will close 12pm Monday 14th March 2016.
Results will be announced on the Tuesday 15th March 2016 at a joint results party with the Law Society! It’s always a great night so invite your friends and come and have some fun with the whole of the Law School!
The roles and what they entail.
The President is responsible for setting the agenda for Inns this academic year. Got a bright idea? Are you a good problem solver? Are you good with people? Then this is the job for you. You will work closely with the Law School and other institutions to create opportunities for members and to foster Inns’ Society’s relationship with the wider legal community.
The President’s role also involves delivering talks both inside and outside of the Law School about our society and the opportunities we provide.
The Vice-President is responsible for assisting the President with organisational and logistical aspects of the Society. Their duties in involve liaising and corresponding with people, both inside and outside of the law school, to ensure the successful delivery of events.
Good with money? Organised? Why not become our Treasurer? The Treasurer is to ensure that Inns is operating within its means. She guarantees the efficient and smooth running of our events by ensuring that we pay people on time, and have the necessary funds to deliver our roster of outstanding events.
Academic Events Coordinator:
The Academic Events Coordinator is responsible for arranging events which will further your academic skills and provide the opportunity for further self development. Your remit also extends to arranging talks, dinners and tours at the Inns of Court to enable our members to learn more about, and gain a deeper understanding of, each of the Inns.
Is your motto work hard, play hard? Think you know what socials law students want? Then why not become Social sec. You will be responsible for organising the Society’s social events. This could range from our Welcome Party and Christmas Dinner, through to nights out and casual sports tournaments.
Tips for success:
- Be confident – you have to believe in yourself before others will believe in you.
- Be as specific as you can – say how you will change things for the better and don’t just identify issues.
- Focus on how and why your ideas will help young barristers reach their goal.
- Don’t leave out any relevant experience you have that shows you are a strong leader/good with money/ might have some useful contacts etc. (please do not name any of said contacts however).
- Don’t have relevant experience? Think about transferable skills the experiences you do have have given you which make you suitable.
- Avoid spamming emails – think of original ways to campaign and stand out. Show people you are a confident speaker by outlining your manifesto BRIEFLY at the start of a lecture?
Most importantly though…