Calum Stewart

Calum Stewart

Hi, I'm Calum, a final-year LLB student at the University of York, part-time family law paralegal, and aspiring member of the criminal Bar. I’ll be offering an honest insight into the life of a wannabe barrister – juggling studies, employment, pro bono commitments and a never-ending search for further experience. Take a seat, grab a cuppa’ and accompany me on my (hopeful) road to pupillage.

Posts

01/02/2018

Work experience for wannabe barristers: what should you be thinking about?

As a budding barrister, at this time of year, you’re likely to be looking around at your second-year friends working through the night to finish their endless list of vacation scheme applications with some glee – seemingly unburdened by any deadlines of your own.

04/01/2018

Is postgraduate the new undergraduate? Giving serious thought to a master’s Degree before the LPC or BPTC

If you aspire to a legal career there’s a number of qualifications you have no choice but to complete, but have you given enough thought to an optional master’s degree?

03/01/2018

The Unduly Lenient Sentence (ULS) scheme and getting the public more involved in the criminal justice system: help or hindrance?

Asking a layperson's opinion on cases in which they have no stake seems a waste of valuable resources, offensive to victims of crime, and illustrative of a lip-service government intent on appearing tough on crime.

06/12/2017

I’m dreaming of a writ-ing Christmas: how to best spend the festive period juggling assessments, applications and a little 'you' time

‘On the first day of Christmas, my module leaders gave to me, a mountain full of work that I have no chance of completing in time for their January deadlines.’