feature-image-1200×340 Leading European Law Schools In the 1990s and 2000s, advances in transportation and communication technology made the world more interconnected. The free movement of goods, services, people, capital and technology ushered in a new era. As globalised trade and investment changed our consumption and production patterns, it’s had a huge impact on businesses, governments and citizens.
The world of law is not excluded.
Themes like global governance, rule of law and fundamental rights are today commonplace in international settings. Lawyers now need to grapple with national, international, European, and transnational laws when they apply norms. While conventional wisdom says globalisation has since flatlined since 2008, it is far from over.
Rather, it is entering what consulting firm McKinsey describes as a “new phase defined by soaring flows of data and information”.
Since 2005, the amount of data flowing across geographical boundaries has grown 45 times larger. By 2021, this could increase by an additional nine times with the continuous surge of information, searches, communication, transactions, intracompany traffic and transactions.
“Remarkably, digital flows—which were practically nonexistent just 15 years ago—now exert a larger impact on GDP growth than the centuries-old trade in goods,” according to the report.
“And although this shift makes it possible for companies to reach international markets with less capital-intensive business models, it poses new risks and policy challenges as well.”
Lawyers with the know-how are poised to thrive in some of the most exciting legal fields today. And where better to earn this qualification than in the European Union, the largest economy in the world where hundreds of millions of Euros are imported exported every day? UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI – FINLAND
The two-year research-oriented Master’s Programme in International Business Law (IBL) at Finland’s largest and oldest academic institution is fundamental to becoming a successful business law professional. University of Helsinki The IBL at this top-ranked university is versatile. Deepen your knowledge of business law. Dive into modules like commercial dispute resolution and specialisations like contract, company, securities markets, competition and intellectual property. Develop your analytical, legal argumentation and communications skills.In autumn, the university will launch its new Master’s Programme in Global […]
(Photo by JB Lacroix /WireImage /Getty Images) Back in April, Kim Kardashian West told the world that she studying to become a lawyer without going to law school. In a tell-all interview with Vogue, Kardashian revealed that she was in the first year of a four-year apprenticeship, and that she hoped to take the California baby bar (aka the First-Year Law Students’ Examination) “sometime this summer.”
At the time, Kardashian announced that she was doing fairly well with her studies: “First year of law school,” Kim says, “you have to cover three subjects: criminal law, torts, and contracts. To me, torts is the most confusing, contracts the most boring, and crim law I can do in my sleep. Took my first test, I got a 100. Super easy for me. The reading is what really gets me. It’s so time-consuming. The concepts I grasp in two seconds.” Let’s hope that Kardashian was really able to grasp all of the concepts in two seconds, because the baby bar exam is being administered today . Applicants using laptops needed to be seated to take the exam no later than 7:20 a.m. to complete the test.
If Kardashian is, in fact, taking the baby bar today, she wasn’t exactly nervous like most of her peers taking the precursor to the real bar exam. Instead of trying to cram last minute legal rules into her head, she was busy announcing a new product line. Finally I can share with you guys this project that I have been developing for the last year. I’ve been passionate about this for 15 years. Kimono is my take on shapewear and solutions for women that actually work. I would always cut up my shapewear to make my own styles, and there have also been so many times I couldn’t find a shapeware color that blended with my skin tone so we needed a solution for all of this. The third pic is the solution short. I developed this style for all of those times I wanted to wear a dress or skirt with a slit and still needed the […]
Ian, a recovering corporate lawyer with a JD from Hofstra Law School, met Chris, who earned his MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business, at the Practical Law Company. Now the two have used their collective experiences and applied it to legal education and training with Hotshot, a digital learning platform for the legal industry. Hotshot offers a new model for legal training to provide on-demand, high-quality, videos and related resources for lawyers and law students. We caught up with Chris and Ian recently to talk about their motivations for building Hotshot, what they’re up to now, and where they’ll be next. Hotshot was named most innovative legal education company at ATL’s inaugural innovation competition.
A Changing Marketplace
The legal marketplace is changing fast. As law firms and clients revise conventional viewpoints, there are distinct opportunities for legal service providers to inject new products into that marketplace that law firms are more likely to accept now than they were even a couple of years ago. Nelson opines that “the market really started changing in terms of what clients expected, not wanting to subsidize attorney training anymore” — which means that law firms would have to find a way to provide better tactical training for their associates, at a reasonable cost. Couple that with what Wedgeworth and Nelson helped promote when with the Practical Law Company, that there are “generic starting points” for many things, and the two reasoned that, if law firms can accept generic templates (as they do with Practical Law), they should be able to buy into the proposition that there’s a level of information that everyone needs when it comes to training, and firms shouldn’t be spending their time and money creating training content that everyone needs (and which is essentially the same across firms and schools).
It turns out, they were right. Or, as Nelson puts it: “There’s this fundamental business point, which is…a reverse triangular merger is a reverse triangular merger. The concept is the same in any firm.”
Flip the Script
But what’s been missing from law school and law firm […]
A legal career is a marathon, not a sprint — and whether you’re a law student, associate, or partner, you always need to be thinking about the next turn in the road. You might have achieved a major career goal — getting into a top law school, landing a job as a Biglaw associate, making partner — but you can’t rest on your laurels (unless, well, you’re ready to retire). There’s always a new achievement to be unlocked.
In my new career as a legal recruiter , I have broadened and deepened my knowledge of the legal industry and job market. Based on my experience as a recruiter so far, as well as my 20 years as a practicing lawyer and then a legal journalist, here are five pieces of career advice. They’re most germane to Biglaw associates, but some of them apply to law students, partners, and even non-lawyers. I hope you find them helpful.
1. Be open to opportunity.
The job I held from 2006 to 2019, as founder and managing editor of Above the Law — “legal blogger,” “online journalist,” “digital journalist,” or whatever you might want to call it — didn’t exist when I was in law school. And when I was in law school, I certainly had no idea that I would wind up in it.
Careers take unexpected and surprising turns, often driven by luck. And you can “make your own luck” by keeping abreast of industry news (by reading ATL and other Biglaw-focused publications), networking (in person and online), and being receptive to possible opportunities (even if an opening might not initially seem like your dream job).
When in doubt, hear the pitch or take the meeting. It’s not like Persephone eating the pomegranate seeds ; going to an interview doesn’t obligate you to take the job. But going to an interview, even for a job you ultimately decline or don’t get, could help you learn about a job that you do accept, make a valuable new professional contact, or land a client. Going to a callback never killed anyone. You might get stuck in […]
Cheryl Herzfeld ’19 and Christopher Watson ’19 were at different stages of their careers when they chose to enroll in Rider’s graduate-level counseling programs.
Herzfeld had been a litigation attorney since 1999, but several years ago she realized she wanted to switch careers. Watson was a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, where he was a dual majored in psychology and business administration.
While each chose a different specialization within the counseling field, they both chose Rider for similar reasons, which include these four:
1) The program is nationally recognized and accredited
"When I decided to go back to school, I needed a place that was commutable from my house, and more importantly, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). I attended an information session at Rider where I had the opportunity to meet a number of the faculty. I found them to be very open. I just got a warm feeling from being here, which I didn’t get at other places where I applied. That was really one of the main reasons why I chose this program."
-Cheryl Herzfeld ’19
2) Student receive personal attention
"Upon deciding to leave my corporate business job to chase a dream job in counseling, I chose Rider University because it was nationally recognized as a CACREP institute and I also fell in love with the one-on-one student support the University provided its master’s in counseling students. The faculty and core-counseling professors at Rider are one of a kind and will do anything to assist their students. I also chose the program because it offered in-person classes that were conceptualized to meet the needs of its students at an affordable level."
-Christopher Watson ’19 3) Hands-on training is integral to the program "I really enjoyed the program a lot. I appreciate that we received a lot of good hands-on training so that when we got out into the field, we were able to apply the things we learned in class more easily than if we were just learning about them in a theoretical way. The law school I went […]
_MG_2414(2) copy The latest interview in our Women in Law – Female Founders series by Dana Denis-Smith is with London-based Susan Cooper , CEO and co-founder of Accutrainee . While this is not a tech company, Susan shares her experiences of addressing key business issues as a female founder in the legal sector and what it’s been like to build a startup.
Hi Susan, first things first. Please t ell us your business story?
After I left Hogan Lovells , I initially set up a construction business. I then started an executive MBA at Cass Business School and it was there that I came across a blog on a student website. The blog was about Legal Process Outsourcing, but to my surprise a lot of the comments under it were about finding training contracts. It left me thinking there must be a better way to qualify and to help trainees (* see explanatory note below ), and decided to set up Accutrainee to address this in 2010.
The way our model works is as follows: Accutrainee employs trainees and then seconds them to clients for periods of between 6-24 months, where they conduct their qualifying work experience. Accutrainee is there to make the entire process smooth – for both clients and trainees.
How would you describe your company’s growth in just three key figures? 80%: 2018 revenue growth was around 80% above 2017.
1: We are the first and, to my knowledge, the only company that does what we do.
100%: We’re incredibly proud that 100% of our trainees secure one or more Newly Qualified (NQ) offers once qualified.
What was your first challenge? The first and biggest challenge was getting Solicitors Regulation Authority approval, as what I wanted to do simply hadn’t been done before.That took time, but it was a great feeling once we finally had sign off. In the meantime, I had secured funding and we were ready to go. We had a slow start, but since we had our first few trainees qualify we’ve been going from strength to strength. What are your thoughts on the […]
Sally Kent Peebles "We are witnessing a sea change in cannabis policy and laws and I get to be a part of that."
Attorney Sally Kent Peebles was appointed to the Florida Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee. The 18-member panel will make recommendations to the Florida Legislature and the Department of Health Office of Medical Marijuana Use to improve Florida’s medical marijuana policies and programs. Peebles is a partner at Vicente Sederberg, a Colorado-based firm that specializes in cannabis law and policy.
Who or what inspired you to become a lawyer? My father, John Kent. He taught me the importance of honesty and being able to observe him practice law over the years with such integrity is an inspiration. He is very kind and the ultimate Southern gentleman, and these qualities shine through in his dealings with clients and colleagues. I hope to make him proud.
Someone who inspires me: My mother, Monett Kent. They simply don’t make them like her anymore. She is a brilliant scholar, genuinely kind and handles everything with steady grace.
How do you relate your undergraduate degree to your practice of law? My undergraduate degree was in journalism, which helped hone my writing skills, an essential talent in any practice of law. However, I think where I received my degree probably was more influential on my choice of law. Boulder, Colorado, is an epicenter of free thought and filled with people who question current laws and discuss ways to make the world a better, more tolerable place to live. If your child chooses to attend the University of Colorado Boulder, watch out.
How did you decide your practice area? And why have you chosen that? My husband inspired me to choose cannabis law. He is a cancer survivor and staunch advocate, as well as a successful cannabis business owner and cultivator. The more I learned about cannabis and the negative effects of prohibition, the more passionate I have become. Plus, I am able to practice in a field of law that is changing every day, which is unique. Most areas of law see only […]
Olivia Castor, seen here with a pile of her LSAT prep test books, will attend Harvard Law School in the fall. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR) Soon-to-be Harvard Law School student Olivia Castor says she has "strong feelings" about the Law School Admission Test, or LSAT.
First, it was expensive. She dropped about $300 on prep books and practice tests and paid about $2,000 for private tutoring.
Castor took the LSAT last summer and says for about four months preparing for the exam practically took over her life.
"I studied March through June — Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. And then on Saturday I would do a full length test," she explains. "So I was studying around the clock, and at that point I was also working full time."
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But it wasn’t just the expense and time that Castor struggled with.
"When I first started studying I had no idea what I was doing," she says. "And I didn’t have any friends who were also studying for the LSAT."
Both of Castor’s parents are immigrants, she explains, and there weren’t any lawyers in her immediate family to ask for advice, so the whole process felt intimidating.
"I was just kind of blindly studying," says Castor. A Shift To The GRE It’s experiences like this that pushed officials like Marc Miller, the dean of the University of Arizona Law School, to look for other standardized tests, like the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), to use in admissions a few years ago."We went with the GRE," he says, "because it’s so familiar and is now a basis for admissions to many different kinds of graduate programs and to business school."In 2016, the University of Arizona became the first accredited law school to offer applicants the option to submit a GRE score instead of an LSAT score. At the time, the move was considered pretty controversial.The American Bar Association’s accreditation standards require a "valid and reliable" standardized test for admissions, and for decades, law schools assumed that meant the LSAT. Opening admissions to another type of test was […]
Blackwood mum-of-five graduates from University of South Wales after getting back into education later in life
A MUM-OF-FIVE is celebrating after graduating with a law degree – despite only leaving school with two GCSEs.
Helen Taylor from Blackwood graduated from the University of South Wales with a 2:1 degree in LLB Legal Practice (Hons).
“I left home at 16 and got a place of my own, which was really difficult as I didn’t enjoy school and didn’t feel I could continue living with my parents," she said.
"I didn’t take the conventional route of education – becoming a young mother was a huge learning curve, and I knew I had to provide for my son, so I started a part time job when first son was little.”
Having had her son, Jack -now 19 years old – at the age of 21, Helen went on to have four more children – Adam, now aged 15, twins Kaitlyn and Kirstyn, aged 13, and Alysha-May, aged 9.
Ms Taylor met her partner Chris in 2004 and a year later, while expecting her twins, found out that her father had cancer. He chose the twins names but died just two months before they were born. (Helen Taylor on her graduation day) Helen said: “At the time, Chris was struggling to find work and our financial problems really took a toll on us emotionally.
“Then in 2014, when Alysha started school, I decided to take the plunge and go to college."At the age of 36, she went to Coleg Y Cymoedd and was one of the oldest in her class. She completed a course in Business Administration and a legal studies course and achieved distinction.Her tutor, Helen Jones, encouraged her to think about university, and she then completed an Access to Higher Education course in Business at the college, alongside re-sitting her Maths and English GCSEs.She enrolled at the University of South Wales to start her journey towards becoming a solicitor, making two train journeys to get to her lectures.Ms Taylor said: “It was very daunting at first, because I was one of the oldest students in the year and had no experience of writing assignments at this sort of level. […]
The sober curious movement is taking off. When I first heard the term, my baby-boomer, 12-step mentality was to immediately associate it with “alcoholics” wondering what it is like to get sober. I was way off target. It is a lifestyle movement being embraced by millennials at an ever-increasing rate. A demographic in the legal profession that has a problem drinking rate of over 30 percent. You read that right. Over one in three. As someone who has not taken a drink in over 12 years as a result of problem drinking, I do not think I am the best person to comment on the movement. I reached out to someone with more recent and relevant experience. Here are her thoughts.
Sober curious. Curious what that means? So was I when I first heard it. The simplest definition that I have found is this. “In a nutshell, identifying as sober curious means you know from experience that alcohol doesn’t make you feel great and you don’t drink it often, but you’re not willing to put an all-or-nothing label on yourself.”
I had not heard the term when I first started living it. I love to run, and I was listening to the Spartan Up! Podcast when they had an episode with the founder of One Year No Beer. OYNB has a simple premise — you don’t have to be an alcoholic to choose not to drink, and if you give it up for a year, you will feel amazing.
My first reaction was a properly British “pish posh,” as I was not ready to give up my nightly beer. But given my fitness goals, I had started giving it up regularly for a short period before racing events. I sat with the idea for a while and eventually started growing the length of time that I went without a drink. It was amazing — I actually did feel better, despite my initial reluctance.
But then, it was time for another legal conference. And the pressure. Finish checking in on the first night of a conference, and where has everyone gone, to the bar […]