Hello, my name is Laura Palmer and I wish to apply for the role of the Vice President of the Inns of Court Society.
The Inns society is a very important part of the law school, as it provides insightful and skillful opportunities, not only to aspiring barristers, but to solicitors also.
I am currently the society’s social secretary; therefore, I already have experience in the day-to-day running of the society that would enable me to assist the president with the logistics of managing the society for the year. In addition, my role of social secretary has given me invaluable experience in communicating with third parties as well as organising large scale events. This demonstrates my suitability for VP, as I would transfer these skills in to liaising with legal professionals and members of the law school, as well as assisting other committee members in their roles of hosting the speed moot competition and the intervarsity moot.
The society already does a great job, however I believe more can be done to help improve the society and the opportunities it offers its members. Thus, if I was elected, I would propose the following ideas:
- Communication’s Officer – the society hosts so many useful and exciting events and I believe it is important that these are carefully advertised. I think the society should introduce a new committee position, who has the sole role in reaching out to its members and keeping them informed of everything that is going on with the society. This role would also include ensuring all social media is update, and posting information of all the latest developments within the society e.g. updates on the winners of the speed moot.
- Inviting alumni – it has been noted that there is a lack of interest in Southampton students in becoming a barrister. Inviting alumni to speak to our members will not only give them great insight to the bar, but will emphasise how it is possible to graduate from Southampton, and despite the intense competition, become a barrister.
- Mock trial – running a mock trial is a current idea that has been floating around the committee but was never implemented. I would push for this to put on the committee’s calendar for this year, as it is would be great fun, especially if we got the law school staff involved too.
- Bi-weekly meetings – this is to ensure that the committee members are on top of all their duties and to discuss the progress of any upcoming events and any issues that need resolving. This will improve the organisation of the committee which will in turn have a positive effect on its members.
Ultimately, I am very enthusiastic about the work of the Inns of Court society and being VP would allow me to ensure the society continues its efforts in supporting its members and hosting an array of excellent events!