I’m Sophie Warner, a second year law student, and I am running to be your next Vice President of the Inns of Court Society. I admire all the work the current committee has done this year, however there is always room for improvement and I believe there are areas in which Inns can really strive to improve which I would love to be a part of.
Giving our members the best experience is my ultimate aim as Vice President. I am keen to hold as many beneficial events as possible, whilst keeping within the Inns budget and the students’ budgets. The main role of Inns is to provide students with transferrable skills to give them the best shot at their future career, with a particular focus on Bar and advocacy related skills. I would therefore propose the following ideas in order to give students the best and most beneficial experience as members of Inns:
- I would like to invite a plethora of individuals to the law school to give students an insight into life at the Bar. Networking experiences with barristers from local chambers, as well as more high-profile names from big city firms would be a helpful way to give students the chance to develop their understanding of working in law, as well the difference between local and city life as a barrister.
- Additionally to this, inviting ex-students back to give talks on their experiences after university would be highly beneficial. It would inform students of what life actually is like after university as a law student, from someone who was in their own position not too long ago.
- Opportunities for students to improve their advocacy on top of the speed moots are also something I am interested on working to improve. Public speaking and advocacy can be daunting, but are integral parts of life at the Bar. Holding advocacy workshops, or even partnering with other societies such as the debate society to provide students with the platform to work on these skills in a non-competitive environment, is an idea which I think could benefit anyone in the law school, whether they choose to follow the route of a barrister, solicitor or even a non-law profession.
Additionally to my proposed ideas to benefit the student body and the members of the society, another aim of mine is to aid in the smooth running of the society itself. As Vice President, it will by my job to support the President in his/her tasks, but to also provide support to the other members of the committee if they have a particularly large task or just need someone else. I would therefore propose monthly meetings with the committee members to discuss upcoming events and our progress, but also to discuss any concerns or queries that members may have about Inns or university itself.
As Vice President I do not just want to be a face behind the Inns of Court Society, but also a point of call for students if they have any concerns, questions or even ideas for the society itself. We all get a lot of work that can seem never-ending, but hopefully as potential Vice President, I can work with the other members of the committee to bring you opportunities that are worthwhile and will relieve some of that law stress.