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Janina Moutia-Bloom

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  • How would this girl know that a law degree (in comparison to a GDL/CPE) is "not simply studying the black-letter law as you would doing a conversion course." What a silly comment to make.

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  • I think what she meant was that when doing a GDL/CPE, there simply isn't as much time or emphasis placed on discussing law reform and the history/development of laws. More focus is put on learning the black-letter law. This is inevitable as spending 3 years studying a subject is going to provide a greater level of depth than studying a subject in 1 year!

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  • I really disagree with this. This girl seems to be doing what she 'thinks' law firms want. It seems fake, misinformed and dubious. Genuine people and genuine talent always comes through. Firms can see that.

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  • Hmmm I have met Janina and there is nothing fake, misinformed or dubious about her. She put a lot of time and effort into answering these questions and has given some really helpful advice. I hope other readers appreciate that.

  • I think she is right: When doing the GDL, you do just study the black-letter law. Isn't it obvious that if you condense three years into one, there isn't time for much else? Having done a law degree and working alongside a number of solicitors who have done the GDL, I can confirm that this is the case. So I totally agree with "lawstudent" and I don't think it was a silly comment at all.

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  • I don't understand what is supposed to be "fake, misinformed and dubious" about this article?

    It appears as though a disgruntled "Anonymous" might have some personal vendetta against the author as nothing to me seems to suggest that this Human Rights intern from Cambridge University is not "genuine" or "talented".

    In my mind there is nothing more "genuine" than someone showing true enthusiasm for the profession through organising and participating in so many work placements at such an early stage in their career.

    I commend this young lady for all she has achieved at such a young age, and for her willingness in a competitive graduate market to share her experiences and advice! Thanks for the article.

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  • I am 43 year old and will start my Juris Doctor Degree in Sydney next July 2013, hoping to qualify before i am 50.
    Though qualifying requirements in Australia are a bit different, but i have enjoyed reading Janina's responses and found her insights useful and genuine.

    At this young age, she managed to achieve much more than people at her age would dream of. Thank you for sharing Janina.

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