24 / 03 / 19
After the success of first semester, DULS kicked off Semester Two with an evening of application advice and networking courtesy of Herbert Smith Freehills. We were lucky enough to have Peter Cunningham and Mary Napier from Herbert Smith Freehill’s Belfast office host this event. Attracting one of the greatest attendance rates of our Career Events this year, students were given a talk by Peter about the application process involved in both internships and traineeships with this firm.
We then moved to the networking part of this evening, taking place in our sponsor pub, The Beer Kitchen. All attendees hurried along in the rain and wind to the Beer Kitchen where we had some beverages and platters of food kindly provided by HSF.
This format allowed students to speak with Peter and Mary individually and ask as many questions as they liked, without having to shout out in front of the rest of those attending the event. We have received excellent feedback regarding this event and the work we have been doing with this firm. I am excited to see where the relationship between DULS and HSF can go next.
Our second event of semester two was perhaps the most popular of all Career Events hosted by DULS: “So You Want To Be A Criminal Lawyer?”.
Having run this event with Jim Laverty for two years prior, I was thrilled to be able to continue this event. The evening takes place within Dundee Sherriff Court, only adding to the evening as a whole.
The format of this event involves speakers, kindly sourced by Jim Laverty, giving a brief introduction about themselves and their experience in the field of criminal law. Each speaker is at a different stage in a career in either Prosecution or Defence, allowing students to get a feel for what these career paths offers. After introductions, students are split into two groups, Prosecution and Defence, and are asked to recreate a questioning of witnesses from a problem given to attendees prior.
Once each group has received expert advice from our speakers, we reconvene in the Court and the questioning takes place. This task allows students a true insight into what a criminal lawyer does during a questioning, and also reveals just how unpredictable witnesses can be!
The evening finishes with questions and general discussions with the speakers, again allowing students to voice questions they may not have asked in the large group.
I would like to thank Peter Cunningham and Mary Napier at HSF for making our networking evening possible, it has been a pleasure working with you and I hope you will continue to work with DULS.
I would also like to thank Jim Laverty, Stuart Hamilton, Vicki Bell and Marie Irvine for making the third Criminal Advocacy Night possible. It was a brilliant event and I hope to see it running again next year.
Finally, I would like to say a huge thank-you to the DULS Committee 2018/2019, it has been such an amazing, although sometimes stressful, year and working with you all has made it even better. I cannot wait to see the success of the new committee for 2019/2020, and I would like to give a special good luck to Liam McCreath who is taking over my position.
This blog was written by our Careers VP, Lauren Galloway