The BVC blackhole

The first term is over, and it has been a bumpy ride. Im almost half way through the course, and I cant believe how fast the roller coaster has gone Ive had so many new experiences but there have also been plenty of black holes waiting to suck me up.

I had a conference exam, where an actor pretended to be a drug dealer and hinted for me to lie for him, but the ethical alarm bells started ringing and luckily enough I remembered my rehearsed answer that I had in mind I have an overriding duty not to mislead the court bla bla.

Going into my first advocacy exam was a little bit like entering a haunted house, but luckily enough over-preparing and anticipating all of the ghoulish questions that could be thrown at me paid off and it was not a complete nightmare. It is an unusual feeling of anticipation before a practical skills exam it is the usual exam nerves heightened by the fact that you have to actually open your mouth and expect words to come out, and clever words at that! A lecturer told us that his friend stood up in court, and instead of an English word coming out of his mouth he said Belingy I was praying that I was not going to have a belingy moment.

I feel like I have learnt so much in such a small amount of time, and the staff are so eager to help you stay on track. It has been a bit of a juggle trying to run the legal advice clinic at the same time as exams, but at the same time I have got a lot out of meeting real clients and dealing with real problems. My advice to potential BVC-ers is to get involved in pro-bono; not only are you helping people but you learn things that you cant learn in a class room.

It is almost time for the Christmas holidays, which will be a well-deserved break for all, and a trip to the German Market for those in Leeds. A few non-OLPAS pupillage applications are looming, and they will be my first stab at the big prize. I think Im ready the hard bit is going to be convincing somebody else that I am!

Quote of the month: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” (Herm Albright)