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Dean’sDean’s Welcome Welcome

First of all I would like to congratulate you on gaining admission to one of the best law schools in the UK. I am sure that you will find being a student here a challenging but also highly rewarding experience. The School is well known for its friendly ethos and has a strong concern for the pastoral care of its students. Members of academic staff in the School are among the leading figures in legal scholarship both nationally and internationally and their aim is to give you the best and broadest education in the law that can be achieved during the course of your degree programmed. This means that we have high expectations of you and of your commitment to your work. At the same time the facilities of the College and of London itself are open to you and you should seek to make the most of the many and varied sporting and cultural opportunities that are available. For most of you coming to the School and to central London marks quite a steep change in your lives and you should not feel at all inhibited about asking questions. One good source of information is the King's College London Law Society which promotes both academic and social events. You can also turn to the Student Law Forum, which represents student interests within the School. I strongly commend the work of both these groups to you. I very much look forward to getting to know you over the next few years so the best of wishes and good luck in what will be among the most exciting times of your lives.

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Priscilla Purmessur Nima Mahdavi Ruba Ameen Zeze Ikhinmwin Elina Mantral Ashton Forster Tom Millington Dominic Wong Charmaine De Castro Karith Kalirai


Welcome Welcome

Your King College Law Society for the Academic year of 2011/2012

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Priscilla Purmessur

Priscilla.Purmessur@kcl.ac.uk Dear Students, Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on attaining a place on the law programme at King’s College London. It gives me immense pride in recognizing that the university’s law school, remains one of the top five law schools in the country, and earning a place on its prestigious law programme is a tremendous achievement. I am extremely passionate about our Society as I believe we cater well to the needs and wants of our student body. As president I am proud to be an ambassador to our faculty. I am happy to offer help and advice to current students as well as prospective students. It is also my duty to liaise with law firms and other members of the profession to organize sponsorship and ensure that the members of our society are exposed to the profession and all the relevant information they need to best enable them to forge a career after their law degree. Being a part of one of King’s College London’s biggest, and most successful societies, ensures an unparalleled opportunity to benefit from your time at university. The Law Society organizes a vast variety of different events throughout the year in our attempt to cater to as many of you as possible. The Law Society’s social events are the envy of every other society as we as lawyers are infamous for our superb parties at the most exclusive of London venues. Debating and mooting offers a fantastic means to improve public speaking skills and to try something new. Our vocational events ensure that our students have access to the highest quality information regarding careers from the leading global law firms. Finally, the sporting opportunities organized against our rival London Law Schools, provide a platform to meet other like-minded students and to excel, not only at an academic level. And so I urge you to join the society and to take the opportunity to maximize your student experience. We are always discovering new and exciting ways in which we can add to our full and fantastic programme so please do explore our website and find out more about what we have to offer.  I look forward to meeting and welcoming you to the society in September. Priscilla Purmessur President

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Vice President’s Welcome ... Vice President’s Welcome ... Vice President Nima Mahdavi

Nima.Mahdavi@kcl.ac.uk I hope this brochure find you in good health and spirits. I would like to first congratulate every single one of you for being accepted into one of the most prestigious Universities in the world. In September, you will commence your first year of law school, and we are very glad to have you join us. At the Law Society, we strive to create a collegial and family oriented environment in which we are working towards a common goal of academic and career success for all our members. Through a significant amount of events, and networking opportunities with large city law firms, and seminars with the countries leaders in the legal profession, we strive to ensure that every law student reaches their full potential not only in their academic careers, but also as future leaders in the legal profession. As the Vice President of the Law Society, I organize many of the first year events. For instance, I compile this booklet, as well as organize our presence at the KCL welcome fair. The Fresher’s Fair is a fantastic opportunity to meet with you, and to learn more about KCLLS, and to learn more about other societies at Kings, I encourage everyone to attend. The Welcome Fair is also provides the opportunity to sign up for societies and meet classmates before the term begins. Furthermore, as Vice President, I work closely with the President to ensure that the society runs in a smooth and effective manner, to ensure our members receive all the benefit the society has to offer. I hope to meet every one of you at the Welcome fair. Feel free to email me, anytime or visit the law society website at kcllawsociety.org.uk. Regards, Nima Mahdavi

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Ruba.Ameen@kcl.ac.uk Firstly, congratulations on successfully obtaining a place to study Law at King’s College London. The KCL Law Society is here to assist you on your journey, from preparing the most high-profile social events to providing you with information on the range of professional opportunities open to you once you have completed your Law degree. As Vocational Officer, my role is to ensure that you are provided with a range of vocational events where you have the opportunity to liaise and network with employees of world renowned Law firms as well as those coming from other professional backgrounds into which a Law degree can help you gain access. It is my job to make sure that you are aware of all of the formal presentations, interactive workshops and more informal networking sessions held both on-campus at KCL and off-campus at firm’s offices elsewhere in central London, and to assist in organising these events to tailor to your needs as new students of Law. Attending such events is always helpful and enjoyable, and provides you with the chance to learn of the skills required to work successfully within the legal sector, and also with the opportunity to meet and get to know some of the most reputable legal professionals in the country. With so much of the professional world today being about who you know as much as about what you know, learning to liaise with such individuals at such events is key to ensuring a high-flying career in both the legal sector and elsewhere. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavours, and am sure you will enjoy your first year as a Law student of King’s College London. Ruba Vocational Officer Please Contact Ruba Regarding: • The Annual KCL Law Society Applications Workshop Day • Open Days • Workshops & Presentations • All other vocational events

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Eoina.Mantrali@kcl.ac.uk Hey guys, my name is Elina Mantrali and I am the Social Secretary for 2011/2012. My job is to organize the Law Society’s various events, from the Fresher’s Party to the glamorous Annual Ball in some of London’s more exclusive clubs and venues. For me, the parties organized by the Law Society have been some of my most fun nights out in London, and I hope that I will equally provide the same for you. The parties are a great way to meet people from our course, but they are also open for you to bring any friends you like. As Social Secretary, my responsibility is to make sure that you have a great time while you are here, getting the most out of London not just academically, but also socially. Demanding as a Law course can be, the events we put on are a great opportunity to let go and have some fun in one of the world’s greatest cities. Furthermore, the Law Society’s events are sponsored by several top range law firms and are also attended by representatives of those law firms. As such, apart from getting to meet fellow lawyers, these events are also an opportunity for the necessary networking that is part of a future lawyer’s life. Landing in London can be quite daunting in the beginning – it is a massive city, and with everything being an option, choosing becomes an issue. The idea behind these events is to give you some bearings in discovering London as well as the chance to meet people who are also living and studying here. It goes without saying that if you have any questions, you should not hesitate to contact me. See you all in September! Elina Social Secretary Please Contact Elina Regarding: • Fresher’s Drinks • Fresher’s Party • Christmas Party • February Event • Annual Linklaters Law Ball

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Dominic Wong

Dominic.Wong@kcl.ac.uk First off, I would like to warmly extend my many congratulations on being accepted into the prominent institution which is King’s College London. The KCL Law Society receives much financial backing from corporations. Thus, sponsorship from law firms is a precious resource. Obtaining this is the President’s job, and seeing this spent in an efficient and responsible way is the Treasurer’s. As Treasurer, it is my job to ensure, through careful financial planning, that the sponsorship received is spent appropriately and its use is optimized throughout the year. I also aim to ensure that the membership money from you is put to its full use, so that you can benefit from your investment to its full potential – since joining the Law Society is your investment in your future career. I’m involved in funding the many top-quality events within the society, mainly trying to ensure that there is no wasted expenditure and that we can maintain the running of the society on sufficient resources. Balancing work and play is seen by many as a difficult task. I happen to disagree with this view – I am determined that attendance at Law Society social events should be a chance to let off steam as well as an opportunity to network. My underlying rationale for this would be the maxim, “Work hard, play hard.” Remember, everyone on the KCLLS Committee was in your position once; we were all talented, bright but invariably inexperienced first-year law students. The Committee for 2011-12 hopes to cement the KCL Law Society’s reputation as an invaluable source of information and advice for students, as well as inspire and stimulate the minds of members to further themselves academically and socially.   A British-born Chinese and a Londoner through-and-through, I look forward to seeing you all in the coming year, both on-campus and at future Law Society events! Studying in London is not only a great opportunity for your academic and future job prospects, but a perfect opportunity to become acquainted with the vibrant and exciting capital which is the city. My top tip is not to stress in the law course; there is nothing to fear except not enjoying your university experience.   Dominic Treasurer

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AA message fromfrom ... ... message Mistress of Moots and Debates Zeze Ikhiamwin

Zeze.Ikhinmwin@kcl.ac.uk It is a pleasure to welcome you all to not only one the best universities in the country but also one of the best places to study law. The ability to offer persuasive arguments and convince another of the merits of one’s opinion is an essential skill in any career path and even more so in the legal field. Aside from the personal benefit in developing these skills, it is considered an essential pre-requisite by law firms and chambers. As Mistress of Debates and Moots, it is my responsibility to organize and promote opportunities for our members to showcase and develop their skills in these areas.   We provide regular opportunities for students to compete not only against fellow King's law students but also law students from other universities and the Inns of Court. This year we are hoping to create more opportunity for participation especially for novice mooters. We are committed to finding and nurturing new talent providing them with the skills and experience that would ensure success.   In order to ensure that our members are able to hone their skills and better reach their potential we will be organizing training events and mooting workshops throughout the academic year. We will also be working with other societies to provide formal as well as informal debates on topical issues to encourage participation if you find mooting to daunting. The Law Society will keep you informed of such events and opportunities throughout the year, however if you are interested in debating/mooting or have any questions, then please feel free to send me an e-mail. Zeze Mistress of Moots and Debates Please contact Zeze regarding; • Baker & McKenzie Moot • Herbert Smith Moot School • Mooting events • Debating events

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Kireth.Kalierai@kcl.ac.uk Firstly, well done on being accepted to one of the world’s finest universities! There is truly no better place to pursue Law than in London, and the Law Society will be your way in to the City firms, Chambers, Inns of Court and all other future employers often based within walking distance of your very lecture theatre. Immerse yourself in the Law Society and, well, the sky is the limit for your future prospects. And the canapés aren’t half bad either (which always helps). Myself, I’m a Londoner of 19 years and a 2nd year Law student. I got fully involved with KCLLS last year, playing rugby (a hard earned victory over the Law Society of England and Wales springs to mind), football, and a spot of mooting too. This year as a committee member I want to make sure you have just as much fun with all the opportunities we offer. You can get in touch with Tom for sports, Zeze for mooting and debating, and ask Elina about the exciting socials we have planned for you. My job as Communications Officer includes updating and administrating the website, increasing our presence on social networking sites, and other things such as digitalising the core processes of the Law Society and ensuring the committee is a well-oiled machine. I’m also responsible for publicising “brand KCLLS” and our PR. The website is a hub of information regarding law firms, events throughout the year, photos, and even has an extensive city guide. So do check out the website and don’t be afraid to drop me an email if you’re confused about anything or just want a bit of advice, I remember how daunting things can seem at the beginning of the year! Finally, if you want to become a member of the Law Society (you should!) then you can either send the tear off slip at the back of this booklet or, preferably, join through the “Join The Society” link on the website. In the meantime you can find us on Facebook by searching KCL Law Society and follow us on Twitter @kcllawsociety (P.S I designed this booklet and front cover so any feedback would be greatly appreciated!) Kireth

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Tom.Millington@kcl.ac.uk Hello, my name is Tom Millington and I will be your Sports Officer for 2011/12. Firstly I would like to congratulate you upon gaining acceptance to one of the world’s most prestigious institutes of education. Your degree will give you a brilliant platform to enter careers in the upper echelon Law Firms and Barrister Inns. Unfortunately, long-gone are the days where academic prowess alone was sufficient to succeed in the competitive scramble to obtain vacation schemes and training contracts. Such companies look for the ability to be a proactive team member, to have a high affinity for social events and to be able to interact comfortably and confidently with potential clients. These are all transferable skills that can be gained from sporting activities.   In this upcoming year I will be seek to utilize the medium of sport to help develop a truly collegiate atmosphere within the law student body, whilst providing great opportunities to network with potential future employers. The sporting events will mainly revolve around the central sports of rugby, football and netball, although we are already looking into expanding the range of sports in order to cater for different interests. Ultimately the Law Society sporting calendar will climax in the varsity matches against the University College London Law Society which serves not only to provide a high quality competitive event but also a great spectacle for non-competing members. Thus I urge you to take advantage of the wonderful opportunities that the King’s College Law Society will offer you.If you have any questions with regard to sport within the King’s College Law Society or simply with starting law at King’s, please do not hesitate to contact me via the following email:  thomas.millington@kcl.ac.uk  I look forward to seeing you soon! Tom Sports officer

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Ashton.Forster@kcl.ac.uk As Secretary this year it will be my job to organize membership for new members of the King’s College Law Society. As well as this I will be answering any queries or questions you may have and keeping you update with the many vocational and social events planned throughout the year. Once you have settled in to your studies, I will also be responsible for organizing the selection process for the First Year Representative who will communicate your views, opinions and needs to the Committee. Non- lawyers are also strongly encouraged to speak to the Representative or directly to us if they have any questions particularly related to legal careers.. Finally towards the end of the year Hustings will take place where the prospective new Committee members will apply for positions. Again I will organize this process and be a point of contact throughout the period. I wish you all the best this year and remind you again to please contact me directly with any questions you have whether a law student or a non-law student. Ashton Secretary First Year Law Representative As First Year Law Representative, you will become an invaluable member of the Law Society committee. It will give you the opportunity to become a part of the team and contribute to group decisions that will inevitably affect your peers. The role will require you to become an ambassador for the first year Law students. This will therefore entail you gauging the views and opinions of first year Law students and reporting these back to the committee to aid with our decision making, ensuring our decisions are beneficial to students in the first year. It will also be necessary for you to help any of the other officers in the committee should they encounter difficulties of any kind, and this will sometimes entail you holding your own events for Law students. Further, you will be required to address first year Law students in lectures, advertising events and providing information. You will become an important member of the committee and very well known amongst your year group. An email will be sent out early during the first term asking for applicants and then all applicants will be required to attend an interview and team-based task.

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Charmaine.Decastro@kcl.ac.uk My role as Administration Officer is a fairly new role in the Law Society, having been introduced only last year. As admin officer, I provide support to the work of the other officers to ensure that we are able to provide you with the best events, activities and opportunities that would guarantee you a fantastic university experience and equip you for your future careers. As you may know by now, the Society offers a variety of vocational, social and sporting events. As we seek to build you up as a well-rounded law student and a future professional, another event to look forward to this year is  RAGGING  (Raising and Giving) which I will be spearheading. It is a fun and exciting event to raise money and give to our chosen charities. This is also a great opportunity to prove that we in the field of law are not soulless, selfish creatures but in fact, we are at par, if not even more willing than the medics (who have a very strong RAGGING contribution) to take part in something that would benefit others. ;) This event will be further explained in the coming year, but if anyone is particularly interested in being involved in this charity work, please feel free to contact me. I am also in charge of the Law Society hoodies. To get a first look, please visit the Law Society website, and you can place your order through the site as well (perfect for the autumn/winter season too!)! The hoodie are a great way of letting the world know that not only are you part of one of the UK’s premier law schools, but also one of the country’s best societies too! (For all you know, you might just bag a work experience or make great contacts with solicitors and barristers you bump into on any London transport because of your KCL Law Society hoodie!) On behalf of the KCL Law Society, welcome! As we all know, learning does not only happen in the four walls of the lecture hall (though I still encourage you to do your work from day 1. ;) ). Take advantage of every workshop; attend every party and RAG to your heart’s content. Make the most of your year, as you’ll only go through it once! I wish you all the best and please feel free to contact me on charmaine.de_castro@kcl.ac.uk for any queries. Charmaine Administration officer

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Social Events Social Events

Fresher’s Drinks (21nd September, Knight’s Templar) As the first event on the social calendar for the Law Society, the Fresher’s Drinks are the perfect chance to find out what the Law Society has to offer. As well as meeting the whole committee who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have, it is also a great opportunity to meet your peers with whom you will be spending your first exciting year at King’s. Held on the 21nd of September (Right after the Undergraduate Induction Day) at the Knight’s Templar pub located just off the Strand and opposite the Maughan Library, this event is a must if you want to make the most out of the coming year! We look forward to seeing you there! Welcome Fair (22 – 23 September 2011 11am – 6pm. Barbican Exhibition Hall 2) The King’s College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) Annual Welcome Fair collects all the College’s societies in a single huge event lasting two days. This will be an opportunity to sign up for KCLLS membership, and even pick up your very own Herbert Smith goody bag. You can make joining easier and faster by filling in the attached membership form in clear and legible writing, and bringing it to the Fair. As societies charge for membership, you should also bring enough change to last you through the day! Fresher’s Party (October, 3 Funky Buddha) The Fresher’s Party is your first chance to witness the luxurious side of London nightlife. Held in an exclusive club, our Fresher’s Party is a night not to be missed! The event is heavily sponsored by the magic circle law firm Allen & Overy and therefore no expense is spared. Ticket prices include a number of free drinks, and although a great chance to meet even more fellow law students, all our events are open to anyone, so feel free to bring your friends along! Christmas Party (December, Date and Location TBC) The Law Society hosts a Christmas Party to celebrate the end of the first term at King’s. In addition, the event serves as a great excuse to get everyone together before students break off for the holidays. The event will be sponsored to ensure that the night is a success. You will be updated with details of the dates and times of events still to be confirmed well in advance to make sure everyone can attend. The Annual Linklater’s Law Ball (March, Date and Location TBC Our year concludes with the much anticipated Annual Linklater’s Law Ball. Come and end the year on a high in one of the lavish venues that London has to offer!

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Do have a question? Doyou you have a question?

If you have any questions or want to discuss anything you have read in this booklet please do not hesitate to contact the relevant committee member by e-mail or via our website. For a more comprehensive list of events held by the Law Society and information about our sponsors please visit our website at www.kcllawsociety.org.uk. Editing Design

Nima Mahdavi Kireth Kalirai; Nima Mahdavi

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