1. Activities outside university relatedto my law skills module andexperienceThis section is dedicated to various forms of task, society, fairs and programmes ihave undertaken during my level 4 studying. This will build a picture of my abilityof extensive research and build up my CV portfolio.
2. Law society and mooting meeting• I have attended the first meeting on Tuesday9th October where my networking experiencehad developed. I also had the opportunity tofind out about the balloon debate andSheffield law fair which is to take place onNovember 21st which i will be looking forwardto attending.
3. Balloon debate• I received positive feedback of my participation in theuniversity balloon debate other law students. I wasjoint runner up and I will now be taking part in theinternal moot. I was the character Carol Volderman for5 minutes debating why I should be saved. myexperience in taking part has developed my awarenessnot just orally but the socially about the techniques ofdebating. It was a key experience as it has given me afirst real feel of the types of debates I will be takingpart in during my time on the law level 4 course. Nextslide is my attachment of the speech and feedback Ihave received which speak for itself .
4. Balloon Debate Speech:• Most people have the wrong idea about me because Ive been living a very private. The photo shoot glitz and TV studio make-up isnt the real me. Ispend most days at home in Bristol in jeans and a T-shirt running around after the kids or shopping in the Co-op. Once you have children its lovewithout bounds. You would die for them in an instant, without question. How can you better that? There is a school of thought that when you hit 40you should have a perm and wear skirts two inches below the knee. Bugger that! Im not offending anyone. What is wrong with being a bit lively?How you look has become ridiculously disproportionate to what you do. Critics are more harsh on female presenters. For now Im building up storiesfor the retirement home!• I appeared on Countdown where I revealed my intellectual ability by carrying out fast and accurate arithmetical calculations as part of the game. Iagreed to head a task force established by the Conservative Party to look at the teaching of mathematics. I have a passion for maths and I am to leadthis task force so we can get the answers right• Mathematical knowledge is the most precious gift an education can bestow. Mathematics is ‘the only truly universal language’. Without a secureunderstanding of mathematics then musical composition and architectural design are impossible. Chemistry, physics, biology, geography, economicsand even poetry rest on the foundations mathematics provides.• Critical personal finance decisions, from choosing a mortgage to thinking about pensions, depend on individuals being secure in the basics ofnumeracy. Understanding the decisions governments make; on debt, deficits and the design of taxes is impossible without a grounding inmathematics. Mastery of mathematics is key to success in the modern economy. The better educated a country and its citizens, the more likely theyare to prosper.• We must reform. We need to reform teacher training to get even more talented people into the classroom, we need a more rigorous curriculumwhich matches the worlds best, and we need exams which equip our students for the society and economy of the future.• A large number of school textbooks have been published under my name. I publicly launched my new commercial venture of an online mathematicscoaching system for 4 – 12 year old children under the name of the MathsFactor.• I was awarded The British Inspiration Award for my contribution to making our nation such a success. All I wanted to do was put together one of thebest home maths systems in the world, and thats what Ive done. Ive loved numbers since I was two or three, and I get really excited about them.Now, Im allowing myself to get excited. Whereas on countdown I had to put a lid on my thrill for numbers.• Turning 50 changed me and Im far more accepting of myself. Change is one of my favourite words. You have the key to change the educationsystem, the learning environment and the prospect of the future British economy. That’s only if you, you, you and you change your views on me andconsider to save me in order for me to continue this journey of saving our British nations mathematic curriculum system.
5. Feedback on Balloon debate speechHi,Thanks for contacting me, I was told earlier that you came to visit the office, but have been unable to get in contact with you due to there being threeKirandeep Kaurs on the uni system. Before I get to the feed back I would like to say that we, the judges, were impressed by the skills displayed during theballoon debate and would like to invite you to a chat about mooting sometime soon after reading week. If youre interested in this, would you mind lettingme know a time and day youll be free that the four of us, you and us three, can meet to discuss it?As to the feed back it has to be said that you did very well.• Firstly the fact that you didnt have a script or notes to prompt you, and that you remembered your facts was very impressive thoughmaybe just a single side or two of notes would be worth using for those just in case scenarios.• You showed very good research and made some very good points.• We found that you had, on the whole, very good eye contact, which helped keep us engaged.• If I, personally, had to find fault, it was that, at times, you could be slightly monotonous, particularly on the very factual points. Theimportant thing about talking about facts is to be certain to keep the judges engaged on them, and to keep the focus upon you.• There was the occasional however, as with almost all participants, Im more than certain it was nerves causing it.As I said earlier, you did exceptionally well, and though not released, you and another competitor were joint runners up, which is why weve asked you totalk to us at a convenient time for you.I hope that this is of use to you, and any questions feel free to get in contact with myself, Ellie or Susan, who have both been copied into this email.Regards,MattHi Kirandeep,Well done! We were really impressed by the skills you displayed and would very much urge you to take part in the moots, because you clearlyhave a strong foundation (on which we can build on). We will give you more feedback in person.As for my free slots (to be confirmed by the other 2 judges), are monday 11-12 and 14-15; Tuesday after 10 and, Friday all day.RegardsSusan
6. Web legal education internshipwelcome letter• I will be taking part in a 3 month internship program virtually with New York firms. I will also be attending the London seminars which have been provisionally set for the 17th and 18th ofNovember.••• Dear Ms Kirandeep Kaur• By EMAIL ONLY: Kirandeep Kaur <Kirandeep.Kaur6@mail.bcu.ac.uk>• RE: Welcome Letter• Virtual Internship (New York) Program• Winter Session•• Study Experience Enjoy!Please read this letter carefully as it has some very important information that is crucial to your success and experience of the Virtual Internship program.• Thank you for deciding to spend some of your time on the Virtual Internship (New York) program this winter – we are delighted that you have chosen to participate in a Web Legalprogram this year.• We strive to do three things:• (1) Ensure that your study with us is beneficial to your legal career and truly helpful to your future prospects;• (2) Ensure your experience is engaging, informative and safe;• (3) Ensure you enjoy yourself whilst on the program.• Obviously, the more you engage with the program and materials the more you will take away from it. You will be studying with other students from the UK and hopefully you will make alot of contacts and friends who can assist you in your future. As a law student, you are looking to enter a profession which has a very close knit community. The people you meet on theprogram may very well be the associates, supervisors or partners you will work with in the future. The more contacts you have in the industry potentially the more successful you will be.• The Web Legal Team is looking forward to instructing you.• If you require any assistance before starting the program please do not hesitate to contact myself, Elliot Hammer, and I will be pleased to try my best to help you.• Your Responsibilities• Whilst we take every care to ensure the program is suitable, safe and enjoyable, it is ultimately your responsibility to ensure that you do the following:• Disabilities: If you have a disability then please inform me as soon as possible so that we can ensure suitable arrangements are made.• Refer a friend discount: If you refer a friend to the course you will be eligible for a 5% reduction on the program price! You are only eligible for this reduction once your friend pays thefull amount and is confirmed on the program.• Other program discount: If you wish to go on an additional Web Legal program either this year or next year, you are eligible for a 5% discount on the program price! This is inconjunction with the refer a friend discount. There are certain terms and conditions in relation to this as not all our programs are eligible. Please ask me whether a discount is availableon our different programs.• If you have any questions or queries in relation to the Virtual Internship program please do not hesitate to contact me, Elliot Hammer, on email@example.com•• Kind Regards• Yours sincerely• Elliot Hammer• Web Legal Education• SIGNED……………………………………………………………………………………• DATED……………………………………………………………………………………• The Cardozo law school program is not included in this, along with certain other programs – please see the terms and conditions on our website.
7. Internal Moot• I am now preparing material for the InternalMoot. I will also be attending an meeting todiscuss further my feedback on the balloondebate I took part in and how this will help mefurther prepare for the Internal Moot. Theattachment shows the question I will be dealingwith and demonstrating an argument on thepoint of law I am particularly interested inarguing is in directing them that an actconstituting attempted murder has beencommitted.
8. West law basic and advanced trainingcompleted successfully• Certificate is under the All Evidence Material forSkills Attached.• I have completed both the basic and advanceWest Law training and am pleased that I haveachieved two certificates on the completing ofmy training. this will show to both future andpresent employers and institutions I have theskills for legal research. I will be receiving mycertificates in less than 6weeks this will go alongwith my other achievement and will also beadded to my CV skills.
9. Personal tutor meeting• I have had my personal tutor meeting and Ihave identified areas of improvement andunderstand how the course will be assessedregarding mooting.
10. I attended London web legal seminars• I went to the two day seminars in London. Iunderstood the skills that will be required tocomplete the tasks in the internship.
11. I completed lexis basic training andpassed• Im looking forward to completing theadvance training. Certificate is under the AllEvidence Material for Skills Attached.
12. I succeeded into second round ofinternal moot competition• The experience was valuable and I am nowwaiting for round 2 details.
13. My second task from law firm in NewYork (virtual internship)• I have just had a Skype talk with Elliot formweb legal education.
14. I taken part in second round internalmoot and waiting for the results• The feedback I received was valuable to myexperience and start of my career path on law.I will be waiting to hear the results if havesucceeded to round 3 or if I will be given theopportunity to take mentor classes to expandon my legal advocacy skills required for asuccessful moot.
15. I received feedback about the internalmoot competition• Overall I did well and I was told techniques toimprove my mooting skills. I will take thisadvice on board and understand for futurecompetitions and ensure to reflect myfeedback advice. Unfortunately it was forthese reasons I didnt go through to round 3semi finals, however the experience hasensured I will improve on my techniques ofputting forward my moots.
16. I have booked my personal tutormeeting• I have variety of questions and reflection sofar on my course to ask. these range fromexam dates and course assessment gradingcriteria.
17. My CV updated• I have now reflected more of my skills andactivities on my CV.
18. Second personal tutor meeting• This meeting highlighted and reflected what ineed to do in order to prepare myself for theupcoming assessments. No issues were raisedin terms of under progressing as I am ontarget from my first tutor meeting in Octobertherefore and therefore I am sticking to theaction plan to ensure I consistently progresstowards the end of the first year studying lawllb.
19. I have signed up for mentor moot• This will enable me to practice my mootingskills and prep for the summative criminal andskills moot. I feel this is vital for preparation asthis style of feedback is vital from mentors asit is hard to receive feedback when assessingyour own self. therefore feedback from thementor will highlight what I need to improveon and particularly if my advocacy skills arecorrectly carried out during the moot.
20. I taken part in the mentor moot andreceived feedback• In order to prepare myself for the mentor moot, I havetaken part in signing up for the mentor moot classes as thiswill ensured I receive feedback on what I need to work onfor the final summative moots and ensure that I understandmy strengths thus making me confident. the feedback Ireceived was overall good for level 4 standard moots andthat although I did perform the advocacy skills required Ishould avoid hand movements due to nerves. therefore Iwas advise to hold my folder on my left arm this will thenhelp me avoid the hand movements otherwise it willdistract attention from my submissions as they are theimportant part of the assessments that will be assessed.
21. I updated my CV with suggestionsfrom my personal tutor• I sent an email to my personal tutor to checkhow my CV is looking as I taken on hefeedback in my second personal tutor meetingto make certain amendments. This is so I canhand out my CV to the law firms which will beat the law fair at BCU.
22. I sent my letter writing task to the NewYork law firm (virtual internship)• Overall this task had involved using skills of analysisand research. this was a different but similar to normalresearch tasks required on the law llb level 4programme this is because although the principles ofapply the law to the facts was same as i used in myassessments at BCU, the law I was dealing with wasAmerican legal system. Therefore it taken me a while tounderstand what the factual situation was concerningand how I would apply the American legal system andprinciples to the situation. I have attached thecompleted assessment of the letter writing task andwill now be waiting for feedback and my final grade.
23. I went to the law fair at BCU• I been given my CVs out to the law fairs anddiscussed various questions I had regarding thelaw firms speciality in more detail therefore i canhave a better understanding if would fit in thelaw firms. This event also highlighted the fiercecompetition of securing a work placement andvacation schemes therefore I will ensure that Istart looking at deadline dates for theseapplications and ensure I spend more time onapplications and skills that would stand me out incomparison to other applicants.
24. I attended one of Lexis workshopsregarding how to improve your gradein exams• This workshop with Emma Noble was definitely useful I realise howimportant it is to evaluate the law under discussion in the questionand not just simply state and apply the law. She showed me rangeof ways to use secondary sources form journal articles, Hulsburysources, and PSL - she also gave me useful advice not just for thisyears exams but also tips with my application when I will beapplying for work placements this year and in my second year. Ihave definitely more confidence in now beginning my exampreparation as I understand I will need to start from textbooks (andnot just stick to one but view others) then move on to lexis to userelevant case summaries to understand legal theories how to applythem in the exam and then reference journal articles to evaluatethe grey areas in the law under discussion.
25. My Virtual Internship Grade• I received an overall Grade B for the internshiptasks set and coursework Im pleased with myfeedback and understand in order to receivean higher grade of A I should have shownmore precision and evaluation. This will go onmy CV and has added to my skills which I willdemonstrate to future employers.
26. Elected Second Year Representative ofMooting Society• I have been informed I will be the second yearrepresentative for the mooting society in my secondyear of the law llb degree. This has definitely made meconfident as I completed a manifesto explaining why Ishould be a second year representative for the mootingsociety therefore I feel happy to be elected which hasbuilt my confidence of demonstrating the skills I have. Iwill ensure in my second year of studying the lawdegree that I attend all mooting society meetings, keepon top of all information and key events that need tobe notified to other second year law students andensure I perform my duties well as a second yearrepresentative for the mooting society.
27. My CV for employers• I have uploaded my CV under the All EvidenceMaterial for Skills.
28. My Cover Letter for employers• I have uploaded my cover letter under the AllEvidence Material for Skills.
29. Skills Audit Exercise• I have uploaded my Skills Audit Exercise underthe All Evidence Material for Skills Attached is theSkills audit I have completed in order to preparemyself to review my strength and weaknesses. Itsimportant to understand what skills that will helpme stand out from other candidates when listingthese skills and experience on my CV andCovering letter (as well as interviews). I realisethe skills that will make me attract a niche marketof employers is language skills as I know 4languages (including English) therefore I cancommunicate with the South Asian community.