Update – Site Progression, New Series & Newsstudyinglaw
I think things are going well for StudyingLaw.co.uk. We have had quite a few mentions on twitter and have even been referenced on university pages. This is very encouraging! But we’re still a young site and there’s much to do. Right now we’re working on a section with more barrister specific information and after that we plan to make some graduate profiles.
This will help students thinking about law at university get a clear picture of where they will be after they graduate. The only section of the site we’re having trouble with is this blog. I think my initial plan to just do anything legal based was a bit broad. So I seem to randomly be going from one subject to another. Athough stuff like law firm SEO does interest me, I don’t think it’s 100% relevant here. Maybe ill create a marketing blog in the future (I’ll be doing this – articles down for the time being). However I think some of our infographics have been great. So we will certainly be doing more of those in the future.
Now we will aim to focus on weekly legal news. Previously because so much time was going into making the site we didn’t really have time to keep up to date ourselves on recent legal developments! But now the content won’t be released as often as it was. The core site elements are in place. This means we can spend more time on this blog. So we hope to be commenting on the most recent legal developments weekly. We will either focus on the big stories or do a “News Round-up” like the one below.
Recently in the news
The Association of Graduate Recruiters reported that vacancies in law firms are likely to drop by 16.5% and 44.5 graduates applied for each trainee solicitor vacancy. We all know getting a training contract is going to be hard, but seeing the statistics like this makes very depressing reading. More LPC graduates will unfortunately be left with minimal chances of obtaining a training contract. I wonder how many LPC graduates are actually aware of the above figures? It was certainly a shock to me. Sometimes the pure desire to become a solicitor and achieve your life goals can get in the way of cold hard statistics…
Lord Neuberger presented his speech to the University of Birmingham Holdsworth club. In 2010 I had the privilege of seeing the presidential address by Lord Hope. There were similarities between the two speeches; both were about public judicial speaking with Lord Kilmuir being referenced in both.
Much of the media on the Lord Neuberger speech seemed to be a little sensationalist I thought. There were headlines using the words “slammed” and “criticised” in regards to Lord Neuberger mentioning the Lord Justice Stanley Burnton appearance on master-chef. Although Lord Neuberger didn’t seem to approve, he was referring to how Lord Kilmuir would react rather than putting forward his own opinion. I just felt the media were too keen to go with a catchy headline on the matter. You can read the full speech yourself here.
I read an interesting story from The Basingstoke Gazette about a firm using Facebook to serve legal documents. They were served this way because of difficulties tracking down the wife of a client – she moved to Spain. However she was found on Facebook and permission was granted by the local court to deliver the relevant matrimonial documents via Facebook.
This seems like a logical step to take and should be more time & cost effective for everyone involved. Obviously it should only be used in certain circumstances but I’m glad the courts are open to it. As long as Facebook don’t add a “Serve” button next to “Poke”…