Hi everyone, I’m Sophie and I’m running to be your Inns of Court President for 2018/2019!
Being a first year at Southampton has been a lot of fun. Despite the essays, exams and the Thursday 9ams, I feel like I have adjusted well to uni life, and to life as a law student. One of the main reasons that I feel that I have already got so much out of my uni experience has been because of the great opportunities that I have got to experience thanks to the Inns of Court society, and I would love to head the committee next year to bring even more great experiences to as many students as possible!
If there is one thing that I have learnt in my short time so far at Southampton, it’s that the law industry is extremely fast paced, and doesn’t slow down for anyone! Therefore, it is vital to try and stand out from the crowd as soon as possible, and Inns is a brilliant way of helping students to do this.
I consider myself a motivated and determined individual and know that I would put my all into running the society as efficiently as possible. I work well under pressure and I am really dedicated – I haven’t even missed a 9am yet?! However, I do also like to have a good time too as I firmly believe that a girl needs some student therapy every once in a while ;).
So by voting me INN, how would I intend to raise the bar?
- More publicity and preparation for the speed moots
I found the competition this year to be a fantastic experience which really helped to improve my confidence and get to grips with the basics of mooting. I went from never mooting before, to a few months later representing the university in inter-varsity moots. Although the competition this year was great, if elected, I would aim to try and improve it even more. One key issue this year was the high level of drop-outs and a general lack of competitors. To try and create more of a buzz about the speed moots, I would aim to publicise the competition as much as possible; be that by speaking to all the first years in their lectures, positing regular social media updates, or even by putting up some good old fashioned posters! I would also aim to offer an interactive mooting workshop in which students could try out mooting in order to boost their confidence and show them that mooting isnot as scary as it seems before committing to all the rounds of the competition as hopefully this would decrease the number of drop outs.
- Celebrate Inns and put it on the map!
I am also aware that this year the Inns of Court society has celebrated a very special birthday as it is 20 years since the society was founded. After speaking to the founding member of the society, S. Chelvan, at Inner Temple who is now a hugely influential human rights barristers, I realised (as cheesy as it may sound) the potential that the society has to truly help people achieve great things. With this in mind, if elected, I would aim to put Inns of Court on the map and celebrate its history. I would love to get Chelvan involved in some events as what he has achieved, as a Soton Alumni, should help to INNspire current students.
- More informal socials
Although doing a law degree is a lot of hard work, I think that the social side to Inns is also very important. A great way for new law students to get to know more about all of the law societies is through social events. Following the success of the law balls, I propose that Inns should aim to host one or two more informal social events throughout the year in order for all law students to really get to know their committee. I would aim to work with the other law societies to host some joint events to get freshers involved with the society as soon as possible and to break down any barriers between the year groups. One idea to I have is to host a pub quiz. I know that other societies offer this already and having been to a few I know how beneficial they can be.
Overall, I would really love the opportunity to represent all of you and to help you to get the most out of your uni experience.
Thank you for reading J