Legal Eagle - It begins
The first day of the BPTC is almost here! In just a few days, I will be starting the next stage of my legal career. As I predicted in my first blog, the nerves are increasing slightly as the time draws closer. This hasn't really been helped by having a look through some of the online material with which Kaplan has provided us. At the moment the workload seems rather daunting, but I'm sure that once everything becomes clearer it will be more manageable. I'm going to try and get myself into good habits early, and do some reading before the first lecture.
Kaplan has given us all the details about induction week and they appear to be easing us in fairly gently. We're only in for three days next week, with no long days. However, on the very first day I will be getting my timetable for the rest of the term, and I'm sure I'll be feeling very differently by then! One of the first classes I have to attend is a careers session, and I have to say that I've been very impressed so far by Kaplan's careers service. Since I received my offer of a place, they've been sending lots of emails with details of various opportunities and events. For example, last week I went along to a talk on legal aid given by young legal aid lawyers. Once I've settled in at Kaplan, I'm also going to arrange an individual meeting with the careers service. From what I've heard it seems like these individual sessions can be useful, so I'm going to take advantage of this opportunity.
Middle Temple is also putting on events for its new students. There is an introductory session one evening for London students, and for those studying elsewhere there is a whole introductory weekend. I'm looking forward to hearing a lot more about what I can get involved in at Middle Temple this year. In particular, I want to find out more about the advocacy weekends I mentioned in my previous blog. They are heavily oversubscribed though, so Middle has to conduct a ballot - fingers crossed, I'll be one of the lucky ones! There is also going to be a meeting in a few weeks to elect the committee of the Middle Temple students' association for this year. I'm quite tempted to run for one of the positions, so keep an eye out for news on that front. Finally, I've booked some more dinners to attend, as I managed to go to two just before the summer began. I'll blog about them in due course.
Well, that's all for now. It's going to be a busy few weeks, and in my next blog I'll fill you all in on what happened. Wish me luck!!