Sian's blog posts tagged with 'london'

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 5

Nov

04

Can anyone get the light switches in Freeman to work? It seems to me they only display the light all the while you're pressing down on the button and this results in me, sitting in darkened rooms, looking like something from a horror show, or someone about to top themselves. Seriously, legitimate question, if anyone has mastered this, I could use a hand! This week saw the second official deadline of the GDL and, by some fresh level of hell I am on the cusp of the first exam. Seriously, where is time going? It's always difficult with a multiple choice-r as, you don't want to underestimate the enemy, bring no ammuntion (in the form of revision) and get your arse well and truly kicked by something everyone deemed as "so simple." Yet, with a schedule as tight as mine, I have no desire to waste copius hours on something that turns out to be, precisely that simple. Decisions, decisions...

   Deadlines for scholarships and a Bar school viewing are also on the horizon which is frankly terrifying. At the moment my answer to 'the quality that make me a good candidate for the bar...' is resillience. If a cockroach can live for something like 9 days without a head, I reckon a bar student can do the same. Living off of stolen sleep and far too many microwave meals in the GDL room proves this fact, I have now been without a functioning brain for approximately 7 weeks. Nevertheless, I don't think the cockroach analogy is really what the Inner Temple was going for so, I will have to reconsider that one.

   The other worry is the speedy approach of Christmas. Now, I always knew Christmas in the conventional sense was well and truly cancelled this year due to exams and dissertation and the like, however, it is now more cancelled than ever given the fact that I've been given an (albeit awesome) work experience, which means a London commute everyday in the only slightly more relaxed week I had. If I survive to the new year, I will have done well, and I will book a holiday, somewhere far away and sunny. Until then, I have a Public seminar to prep...

 

PS: Is this blog starting to sound like Bridget Jones' diary? Only without the men or the cigarette counter?

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 10

Mar

18

Ok, so what I wanna know is where has the time gone? The final exam dates are in, I have a place on the BPTC and the home straight of the GDL is in full swing. It's absolutely terrifying that I have about 3 1/2 weeks of actual legal learning left to go... this is all the law I am ever gonna know and then, come September I have to start putting some of this into practice. I am questionning more than ever my choice not to be a legal puritan!

   It finally feels like spring which, I always find very positive. The fact that I have more work than I know what to do with seems to fade into insignificance as the nights are drawing out and the sun is shining every other day. It's all in my head but, strangely the course doesn't seem so hellishly busy just because it's bright outside. I'll take this over January any day. But the maddest thing is now making plans for the summer and the prospect of getting my life back, at least for three months or so! Beyond that is even madder- looks like I'm moving to London so, I am preparing to be poorer than ever as, I think they'd tax air up there if they were able to enforce it! I suddenly feel very adult again, looking at property and the like. I suppose the silver lining of all these civil law modules is that I'll actually understand the contract to the house this time round. I feel very empowered!

   Then of course, the next biggie is pupillage applications. After being slightly bullied into making applications this year, and, on reflection I have decided my bully is far scarier than the application process, I have to start the somewhat awkward process of trying to sing your own praises on paper to a bunch of strangers all the while attempting to sound personable and not in the least conceited or narcisistic! That, is a difficult balance to strike. I am definitely more of an 'in the flesh' kind of person, that way they get to see my charming, personality, infectious laugh and other pint-sized cuteness! Oh how I wish that were true!