UC Law student, Cameron Eade shares his experience in Washington which included an exciting visit from the captain himself…
“Underground tunnels, exploring the White House, and a visit from Captain America himself. For two and a half months, this was our daily reality while interning at the United States House of Representatives in Washington DC. Throughout this time we assisted in various legislative research projects, attended congressional hearings, and answered many “fruitful” phone calls from very passionate constituents troubled by their government. Perhaps the most amazing part of working in Congress was never knowing who we would pass by in the corridors – whether that be sharing an elevator with Ilhan Omar, eating lunch beside Jerry Nadler in the cafeteria, or having AOC physically bump into us. Being political junkies, we often had to pinch ourselves to check we weren’t really dreaming.
If we had to sum up the experience in three words, they would be chaotic, insightful, and unforgettable. With both impeachment and Iranian tensions dominating headlines for our entire internship, we got a truly first-hand experience of the polarised American world of “Democrats vs. Republicans”. It was often daunting to witness the broad influence misinformation and alternative facts has across their society, but nevertheless a vital learning opportunity. We were sad to say goodbye to Washington, but left feeling fulfilled with our countless experiences (and, most importantly, a selfie with Chris Evans).”
Law without Lawyers: does legal education have a future?
In his recent UC Connect public lecture, Professor John Hopkinsexplained how the changing nature of law, the increasing cost of legal advice and the excessive formality of the legal system had left the way open for alternative ways to undertake ‘law jobs’, without the need of lawyers.
“From Blockchain to ‘Alternative’ Dispute Resolution, the way appears open for a legal system without the need for high priests of the legal profession to navigate it,” Professor Hopkins says.
“If current trends continue, the much maligned profession may die out, all on its own.”
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What makes you attractive?
To employers that is!
Every year UC hosts a series of Careers Fairs to connect you with employers before you graduate. Kicking off the series is the Commerce Careers Fair and Law and Justice Recruitment Evening, Wednesday 7 March in the Undercroft.
Commerce Careers Fair
Wednesday 7 March, 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight
Law and Justice Recruitment Evening
Wednesday 7 March, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Undercroft, Puaka-James Hight
If you aren’t in your final year yet, Careers Fairs are for you too. Learn about internships, summer jobs and part-time work – it is never too early to start thinking about the direction you are going in and what your next steps might be.
Come along and talk to employers, find out what they have to offer and what you can do to make yourself an attractive candidate after graduation – you might find there are simple things you can do now to make yourself an even more attractive graduate.
Top tip 1: Don’t be guilty of narrow thinking. Did you know banks often recruit engineering graduates too? Careers Fairs are a great way to find out all your options and you never know you might find a different career opportunity you never thought of.
Top tip 2: Put your best self forward at the fairs. Leave scruffy at the flat.