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“Its My Rights To Squander Benefits” – Tracey Macdonald

Yesterday Ms Macdonald took to the ITV Daybreak programme to vent her frustration on the fact that Eastlands Housing Association suggested she cut back on luxuries such as cigarettes and alcohol, and instead spend her £71 a week benefits on necessities. My fellow readers this is what is wrong with society!


The Bar Standards Board Sets Paper That Contained Questions Which Featured On Mock Taken By One BPTC Provider 15

The Bar Standards Board, the regulatory body who sets three of the exams required to be taken by students wanting to become barristers, set a paper whereby some of the questions and answers had been made available to some students before hand.


What Will 2013 Bring?

Having just written a short post on what happened in 2012, I thought it would be a good idea to try and put down what I think will happen in 2013. The truth is that if I thought 2012 was going to be a year of uncertainty, I was wrong, and if any uncertainty of what the next 365 days has in store, 2013 is going to be it. There are several reasons for this, firstly in 2012 I knew where I would be at the beginning of the year, and had a very good idea of where I would be at the end of it. I would start the year doing my Graduate Diploma in Law, and results permitting, end the year doing my Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). There was very little chance of those things not happening as it was a natural progression from one degree to another. However as I enter in 2013 this is not the case. I know that I will start the year doing the BPTC, and halfway through, once again results permitting, I shall be called to the bar, however I honestly have no idea as to how 2013 will end. Once being called to the bar, baby barristers have to undertake a 12 month pupillage, a sort of paid practice session, after which they hopefully get offered tenancy in a set of chambers to which they can practice in. As with most students starting the BPTC, I know the likelihood of getting to that stage is an uphill struggle to say the least. Some statistics say that out of every ten students on the BPTC, one or two will make it to pupillage. Coupled with the fact that last years BPTC students get this years pupillage’s and so on means that the chances of 2013 ending with me being in a pupillage are low (but not impossible). Which of course begs the question, what will I be doing when the chimes of Big Ben ring out on 31st December 2013? I for one have no idea!


A Not So Brief Catchup

Finally my exams have come to a close, which of course means one thing, another chapter of my education has come to an end. The GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) is now over which is gives rise to a few emotions; happiness that I have taken one more step in my journey to become a barrister, however this is of course tainted with the fact that I will have to say goodbye to a few friends. Thankfully the majority of the people who I hung around with are also undertaking their professional qualifications at Manchester Metropolitan University, so it will only be a short summers break before meeting up again. You may recall that there way a few issues with one of my exams having to be rescheduled due to a power cut and fire alarm evacuation. To update you on this, the initial idea to have the exam held giving us two days notice was changed, and it took place after the Jubilee Bank Holiday, giving us plenty of time to prepare. The criminal law paper comprised of questions of identical topics, and similar level of difficulty, so I don’t think there will be much of an issue with regards to outcome. Both myself and other students affected are still having conversations with MMU with regards to why we weren’t permitted to continue our paper when others were, however the main thing is that this is now behind us. The exam period itself was quite a stressful one, which saw me disappear from twitter for several weeks. I started revision mid easter and thank g-d I did. Upon returning to uni I released how much work there was to do, and that by starting when I did was a great idea. The two weeks on the run up to exams I took up residence in the library that was open 24/7 for exam season. I often spent over 10 hours a day there, with the average amount being 12. By the end of the exam period I was almost on first name terms with the security guards and library staff! I think this amount of work paid off, as unlike my A-levels (and to some extent my undergraduate degree) I do feel quite happy with my performance in the seven exams that I sat. Yes I don’t think im going to set the world alight with my performance in Land Law, however that topic aside I am quite happy with my performance and (I know I shouldn’t jinx it) am looking forward to the results that are published mid July. For those undertaking the GDL next year, I can’t stress enough how much work it is. I was told by a family friend how much work it was and I thought she was exaggerating, having come to the end I can say that if anything she was understating the fact. Studying 7 modules across a year, with 7 exams at the end of it, on top of taking part in extra curricular activities such as mooting and pro-bono work makes it a year of being on the go constantly. However the bonus of undertaking so much law in such a small amount of time is that you really do learn a lot of useful information. Yes I didn’t enjoy every aspect of EU Law, Land Law, or Public Law, however modules such as Free Movement of Persons, Registered Land and Police & Criminal Evidence Act affect each and everyone of us more than you would think. By having a greater understanding of such issues allows you to help yourself and others in certain situations. As last year, and in particular the last few weeks was very stressful, my online presence has been significantly less, and for those who follow me on twitter I do apologise. Next week (19th June) my parents have very kindly treated me to a weeks away in New York City. I am going with a friend from Leeds who has not been to NYC, and although I went last year our trip is still going to be full of things which I did not do last time, such as viewing a Broadway Show. The sad thing is that due to time constraints, I still have not viewed the photos from last year! Just as with last year, I have created a site to which will aggregate photos, blog posts and tweets from NYC, you can view it here: http://www.nyc2012.jonathanisaacs.com Apart from that, I hope all my readers are well, and will speak to you again soon. Jonathan x