COVID-19 has altered plans for aspiring lawyers to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), sit for bar exams and launch their careers. Yet, many have persevered and overcome the challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic.
Brea Williams is a second-generation college student who graduated from the historically Black Alabama State University this past May and had planned to take a gap year pre-COVID.
“It was a blessing for me personally because I got downtime to actually organize and plan out what I wanted to do for myself,” Williams said. The gap year also allowed her some time to deal with grief following the loss of her father and best friend during her senior year.
“Law school is very intense,” Williams added. “You can’t halfway be there. You have to be 110%.” Brea Williams Williams is taking the LSAT in November and is paying $1,200 for a test prep course.
“Institutions [like Alabama State] aren’t prepped into generationally making sure there’s a [preparatory] class for law students because we’re just getting to a point where we have our first bachelor’s degree,” she said.
So she had to take matters into her own hands.
Even with the extra time to study, Williams said she is still worried about doing well on the LSAT-Flex, which is a condensed version of the traditional in-person LSAT exam. The LSAT-Flex has fewer questions than the LSAT and is administered virtually. Also challenging is the prospect of paying $45 to cancel a request to send scores to law schools should aspiring law students not get the score they had hoped for, Williams added.
“But if you asked me, it’s another systemic thing,” she said. However, it is not stopping her from continuing her studies and becoming the first person in her family to earn a law degree.COVID-19 can also impact how aspiring lawyers finance their legal education.At the 7th Annual National HBCU Pre-Law Summit and Law Expo, founded by attorney Evangeline Mitchell and sponsored in conjunction with the Law School Admission Council two weeks ago, Teria M. Thornton, manager for education and diversity initiatives at AccessLex, offered participants a reality […]
BUCYRUS – Two veteran local attorneys are seeking to be judge in the Crawford County Court of Common Pleas, Probate and Juvenile Division.
Debra A. Garverick, a Democrat from Galion, and Patrick T. Murphy, a Republican from Tiro, are seeking to replace longtime Judge Steven Eckstein, who died on March 30 at age 73. Eckstein would have been prevented from seeking another term this fall because of his age. In May, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine appointed Murphy to complete the term.
Both attorneys cite their many years of experience among their qualifications for the job. Patrick Murphy
Murphy was born in Bucyrus and grew up in Crawford County, graduating from Colonel Crawford High School in 1973. His parents owned Murphy’s Carpet and Linoleum in Bucyrus. He married his high school sweetheart, Joyce, when they were 19, and they will celebrate their 47th anniversary on Oct. 19. They have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live nearby. He also has dogs, cats and chickens.
Murphy earned bachelor’s degrees in forestry and in oil and gas from the Ohio State University before moving on to law school.
He is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus. He participated in Rotary for 20 years and has coached swimming, baseball and flag football at the YMCA and little league baseball teams in Bucyrus and North Robinson.
He’s been practicing law in Crawford County for 40 years, and served as prosecutor for the village of Chatfield for about 15 years. He said he’s done some probate work, but mostly has dealt with juvenile custody issues.
He said he has tried 125 jury trials and probably 5,000 bench trials involving children and family matters in his 40-year career.
"I’ve had to say that the best experience that qualifies me over my adversary is the fact that I have 40 years of experience representing children and parents," he said. "I’ve litigated this stuff for 40 years. … That gets me into the psyche of a family and what drives people to do things, and I think I have unique experience in that regard. Plus, I am a […]
Interview with Ruth Reid, Barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel
In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Ruth Reid, a barrister at Three Temple Gardens Chambers and founder of Cake and Counsel. Ruth shares her journey into law and the barriers she has overcome during her career.
Hi Ruth! Tell us about yourself and how you got into law
I come from a large working-class family. My parents, both Jamaican, came to the UK as part of the Windrush generation as teens. As a young black female raised in Sheffield witnessing and experiencing racism and injustice; becoming a barrister was not going to be easy, but it’s something I decided that I was going to achieve since the age of 11/12!
A debate with medical law students during an outreach scheme steering me and other “able children from non-traditional backgrounds” to become doctors in fact sparked my desire to become a barrister. Whilst academically very able, selected for outreach schemes and encouraged to apply for the top universities (but not to study law); the support or information relevant to becoming a barrister was very limited throughout school. I was just told “it’s who you know” and dissuaded from attempting to join ’the old boys club”.
I studied Law with Management at Aston University, a sandwich degree with a placement year. During college, I worked part-time as a hairdresser and then at French Connection retail for the duration of my four-year degree. I began gaining legal work experience from my second year and became involved in mooting and debating in my third year. I graduated from university as the only aspiring barrister in my cohort with limited contacts and work experience. I then went on to work as a solicitor’s agent, barrister’s assistant to two prominent Planning QCs, a paralegal at the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and secured my pupillage two years after being called to the Bar. I completed my Pupillage at the chambers in which I am now a tenant.
Outside of law, I am a keen sportswoman and Grade 7 pianist. I enjoy a number of sporting and dance activities, teach as a Master Guide in the Pathfinders Association and […]
Interview with Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and board member of PRIME
In this article, Enakshi Khasriya interviews Molly Lewis, an associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Having recently qualified, Molly is now in the commercial disputes team. Molly shares her journey into law, transition from trainee solicitor to associate and the impact of Covid-19 on her work.
Hi Molly, tell me about yourself and your journey into the legal profession.
I would consider myself to be from an underrepresented background in the legal profession. I grew up in a single parent household on a council estate in Leicester, and no one in my family worked in a professional job or had attended university. I always knew that I wanted to aim high in my education and professional life, and I was fortunate to be supported by my teachers. In 2012, I attended a Sutton Trust summer school at the University of Cambridge, which gave me the confidence to apply there to study law. In 2013, I started my undergraduate degree at Jesus College, Cambridge.
While at university, I applied to the Rare Discuss and Sutton Trust Pathways Plus programmes, so that I could learn more about the legal profession and what it took to be a commercial solicitor. I learned how to shake hands, how to develop commercial awareness and how to advocate for myself in interviews. With the support of my mentors, I successfully applied for vacation schemes at several firms and, at the end of that summer, I was delighted to accept an offer of a training contract from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields). I started my training contract in February 2018 and now I am an associate in the commercial disputes group at Freshfields.
Tell us about your position on the board of PRIME.
I strongly believe that without the support of charities such as Rare and the Sutton Trust, I would not be where I am today. That is why I am so passionate about social mobility, diversity and inclusion. I think everyone should have a fair chance of joining the legal profession no matter what their background is. I also think that law firms have a moral […]
Japan is recognized as a technological and innovation hub across the world. One of the perks of studying in this advanced nation is that there are ample opportunities for students. The country itself has its roots inlaid with technology which makes it reaffirm the numero uno position.
Among all the spheres of study Japan has a good scope for candidates who want to study law. More importantly, if you want to grow your career in the country then studying there can be a key. Let us now take a look at the various law schools in Japan which are good for pursuing law.
> Nagoya University: Nagoya University was first established in 1871 and since then has become a forerunner in the educational sector. Through the years of its establishment, Nagoya University has maintained its vibrant academic culture. The university has also produced 6 Nobel Laureates since 2000 and the curriculums are taught in English to help students grasp the lessons easily. With over 20 research institutes under its wings, the multi-disciplinary curriculum helps impart education in the right way. For all students who want to become ethical leaders of tomorrow, the global environment of Nagoya University is apt for them.
The University of Tokyo: The University of Tokyo is another name in the educational sphere of Japan. Partnering with other global universities the world-class research and education center is contributing to human knowledge since its establishment. The institute also imparts a strong sense of public responsibility and pioneering spirit which helps in broadening the knowledge opportunities for the students. Currently, the university has in total 10 faculties, 15 graduate schools, 11 affiliated research institutes for the advanced study. Apart from the three main campuses in major cities Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa, there are other facilities of the University that can be found across the country easily.
Kyushu University: Kyushu University is yet another major institute to pursue higher studies like the law in Japan. One of the prime aspects of the school of education is that it has autonomous reforms which make it one of the best institutes for […]
Interview with Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant, future trainee at Linklaters and founder of the charity Channels
In this article, Storm Evans interviews Declan McLoughlin, a pro bono legal assistant and future trainee at Linklaters. Declan set up his own charity, Channels, and is a strong advocate for social mobility. In this interview, he discusses the motivation behind his charity work, as well as his experience with Linklaters.
Hi Declan! can you give us a brief background of yourself?
I grew up in a fairly deprived home — my mum was a single parent to myself and three siblings. We didn’t earn much; my mum was often between jobs and things like that, sometimes she worked as a cleaner and sometimes in shops. She always worked really hard to support us. I went to a comprehensive school and achieved average GCSE grades, then moved on to grammar school and managed to get some support there. I applied for philosophy, politics and law at King’s College but did not achieve the entry requirements so I was offered to study philosophy instead. I accepted and studied it for a year in 2017, and then transferred across to a law degree at Queen Mary, University of London. I was fortunate enough to get the Making Links scholarship in my first year there, which is when I started building my relationship with Linklaters. That’s taken me to where I am now: I’ve started my own charity whilst on the scholarship and I now work at Linklaters as a Pro Bono Legal Assistant. I will be starting my training contract at Linklaters in 2022.
What made you want to do charity work, and can you tell me a bit more about what you do?
On the first day of my scholarship with Linklaters, the first thing that was said to us by Andre Flemmings, the then Diversity Manager, was “It’s not about you anymore. You’re through the door, you’ve made it, now you’ve got to start making sure you’re not pulling the ladder up for people behind you, and your work should make the profession better.” This made me realise that I do have the capacity, the ability and the […]