Having taken part in numerous Inns events so far this year I have really got to know the ‘inns’ and outs of the society, including the cringey puns! Inns is clearly a proactive and enthusiastic part of the law school and I believe, as a proactive and enthusiastic individual, being President would be a perfect fit.
I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced almost all aspects of the society first hand including the speed moots, the national inter-varsity moot and a couple of trips to London and so feel in a good position to lead the committee in building on these great events, encouraging all members of the law school to take part. Inns has been a significant part of my first year at Southampton and I’d love to be given the opportunity to raise ‘the bar’ even higher than the previous Presidents – they certainly haven’t made it easy.
So, what do I plan to bring to the table? (apart from some great banter)!
The speed moots are definitely an effective way of introducing freshers to what mooting is and easing them into it before the compulsory in January. I know it really benefitted me and in fact set me on a mooting path, from which there is no turning back! I would propose to try and get more first years involved through heavier advertising of the first few rounds and perhaps even put on a demo in the first session to give them a bit more of an idea of how to prepare as I know it can be a daunting experience.
The inter-varsity moot this year was so much fun to take part in and it was great to meet law students from other institutions as well as being pitted against BPTC students. Having seen the amount of preparation and organisation Chloe put into it, I appreciate the hard work needed to make it such a great event. I would really like to raise the profile of the entire day, particularly the final, and generate some more hype around it to encourage other students to come and support the Southampton teams and see some excellent mooting skills.
Inns clearly has some very good connections with the Inns of Court in London and the trips I have been on, both to the Inner Temple and Lincoln’s, are a great way to learn more about a career as a barrister and what is required to get there as well as making good contacts. Work experience is something which comes up again and again as an essential. I know for first years in particular mini pupillages are hard to come by, so I would propose a scheme to share contacts and help with applications to kick start students.
I would also like to introduce a mock trial in which students can take part for a light hearted break. To make it even more engaging and inclusive perhaps one of the lecturers could be on trial with other members of staff and students acting as witnesses, the jury, and of course counsel for the defendant and the prosecution. This would provide a bit of comic relief to what can be a very dense schedule of reading through endless articles and cases on Westlaw.
Ultimately, I think being President of Inns will allow me to support our student network with all things barrister related, whether it be advocacy based or more specific. I believe my fun, approachable and self-motivated attitude will help me in continuing to provide useful and exciting events, talks and competitions that will benefit as many law students as possible in making the most of their time at Southampton. My willingness to listen to my peers will hopefully enhance the entire Inns team creating a society that helps students stand out if they choose to pursue what is becoming an increasingly competitive profession.