Hi, Hey, Hello!
Whether you are a current student, a newcomer, a prospective sponsor, or simply wander around the University's Website; on behalf of the entire executive committee, WELCOME to Essex Bar Society's Official Webpage!
Below you can find some essential information about our society in a FAQ-like format. If you happen to have more questions, please do not hesitate to message us via our social media or send us an email. Our email address is: Essex.Bar.Society2022@gmail.com
The Essex Bar Society has been an official society on our campus for a while. However, due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, the university had to temporarily suspend the society and all its activities. The current committee has taken the initiative to revive the Bar Society and create a new community of students with a shared interest in our domestic legal system. One of the committee's first decisions was to offer free membership, enabling anyone to sign up at the start of the academic year and choose which events to attend on short notice. The committee is currently discussing and planning events for the upcoming semesters to ensure maximum satisfaction for The Essex Bar Society members.
- Okay, but what is this society for?
Great question! The fundamental aim of the Essex Bar Society is to provide its members with knowledge about legal institutions and how they operate, teach members about different employment opportunities within the legal field, develop new and enhance existing skills that could positively impact members’ future employability, and give members vital chances to meet and share experience and expertise with peers at different levels toward their career.
- Very well, but is it for me?
Absolutely! The Essex Bar Society membership is inclusive and not limited to those undertaking legal studies or pursuing a legal career path. We offer events that anyone can enjoy and find educational. For instance, among our plans for the upcoming academic year is a day trip to the UK Parliament. Therefore, if you are unsure whether this society is for you, think no further and apply!
The Essex Bar Society is currently developing plans and will share more information after our first official meeting of the year. We value our members' opinions and want to hear from YOU about your expectations for upcoming semesters. In the meantime, we have compiled a list of events that the Essex Bar Society has hosted in the past.
Here's a brief description of each type of event:
- Workshops on qualifying as a barrister: These workshops include talks from external speakers who provide valuable insights on what it takes to qualify as a barrister.
- Mooting: Mooting is a simulation of a court hearing in which academics take on the role of judges or tribunals to provide feedback to participants.
- Legal debating: This event provides an opportunity for participants to engage in debates on legal topics and improve their public speaking skills.
- Workshops on qualifying as a solicitor: Similar to the workshops on qualifying as a barrister, these sessions provide insights into what it takes to qualify as a solicitor.
- Workshops on developing lawyers’ skills & qualities: These workshops focus on developing the skills and qualities that are essential for success in the legal profession.
- Talks about the legal experience: These talks offer insights on what it's like to work in the legal profession, as shared by experienced legal professionals.
- Connecting opportunities: This event provides an opportunity for members to connect with legal professionals and network with other members.
- Tours/visits: These events offer members the chance to visit legal institutions and gain insights into their operations.
- Panels: Panels bring together legal experts to discuss a specific legal topic and provide insights on the subject matter.
- Legal CV check-in sessions: These events focus on improving members' CVs and job prospects by providing valuable tips and insights on how to build an impressive CV.
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♦ Social event ♦
Bi-weekly social event in the Top Bar.
The event occurs between 6 and 8 p.m. every Thursday in Top Bar, and everyone is welcome to show up and bring anyone. (subject to changes)
♦ Collaboration with the Model of the United Nations Society ♦
Upon careful consideration, our executive committee has struck a deal with a Model of the United Nations Society. So, we will join MUN this Wednesday with their Court of Justice moot. And following this, we will join forces to create another similar event, however, on a much bigger scale with internal competition. More to follow, so stay abreast!
♦ Internal Moot ♦
We have delegated some executives to prepare the moot court case briefs, and we will soon follow up with an email on how to sign up. If you have any questions or suggestions or would like help with preparation, please feel free to message either the executives or the Society. Executive members delegated to work in this regard:
♦ Society Trip ♦
This academic year our committee decided to make several trips. The first one will take place in December around Weeks 11 and 12, and it will be a trip to a Middle Temple in London, one of the Inns of Court. Such an opportunity may be a lifetime chance! Usually, the Inns of Courts are not open for visits. You can find out more and register your interest on our Society’s webpage in the “What’s On” section. Claim your space now!
Information about further trips will follow soon. The executive committee currently deliberates whether the next trip should be to a Parliament, another Inn of Court, or perhaps some law firm. Feel free to drop us an email or message on our WhatsApp with suggestions!
♦ Your say ♦
If you wish we did any other events, please email any executive member with your suggestions!
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