About The Scots Law Student

Who writes this?

The Scots Law Student is written by a 4th year law student at a Glasgow law school, and like most law students I hope this will lead to work in the profession and, ideally for me, to a place at the Bar.

Even if it doesn’t law school is the most fun education ever has been and it’s an experience which will always change your view on life, it’s a lot of work straight out of school but all the best things are. Personally I consider my criminal law education, closely followed by my family law, to be the highlights of my career so far, and I think the difference between first and second year to be night and day – there’s an immediate loss of the sense of not knowing what to do after you’ve been doing it for a year.

I enjoy the challenge of law school but particularly I enjoy being able to discover the rules that govern the world around me.  This is particularly fascinating when a rule you come across in class finally manages to explain why businesses do something in a way that doesn’t make obvious sense – for example the way that signs are handled in shops.

Why write a blog?

I hope that this blog (blawg, even) will be interesting to fellow students and I’m hoping for it to become a combination of diary and news, with some discussion on particularly topical areas of law and will be updated as my schedule allows.

The act of writing about something means that the information is reinforced in our own minds and, so, it helps to study by reviewing tasks.  The great thing about law is that there is no end to the number of applications for it that exist in the modern world and any of these can be applied to a blog post.  If you see any story on any news broadcast, somewhere in that story is a use for law.

Writing is a particularly crucial skill for the law student, and later on the lawyer, and any practice you make is helpful.  The aim is to be accurate, correct and produce high quality written material which does not need all that much editing and correction after drafting.  It’s a useful habit to have should someone ever trust you to draw up a contract.

How to contact the blog

The Scots Law Student can be contacted by email at : scotslawstudent@googlemail.com

I am also on Twitter at scotslawstudent and will post updates to the blog there, along with the odd mobile message if something comes up but that’s unlikely.

I believe in having the option of using public key encryption to provide security when I communicate – I have attached this blog’s public key to the bottom of this page.

Why write anonymously?

Writing anonymously is an active choice which I think all bloggers should genuinely consider before they sit down and decide how to start a blog.  Being anonymous allows me to discuss topics which are particularly sensitive without stepping on the toes of anyone involved.

Other law student bloggers writing anonymously have found it useful to remain anonymous when there was an issue of a mooting society president allegedly altering the team listings to benefit himself.  Since the bloggers who were commenting on the issue were all writing anonymously this allowed the bloggers to speculate and comment wildly without identifying their law school, their mooting society or even the name of the person they were discussing allowing a wide range of details – for example “this person is a mooting society president” without giving away the person’s identity.

Writing anonymously helps protect the identity of the blogger and their subjects.  I think there is a definite requirement for legal writers to come out and write seriously under their own name and to put their professional reputation on the line when they make their point but I am not at that stage and would like to get my “bambi walking” stage out of the way before exposing myself to the glare of public discussion.

Why call the blog the Scots Law Student?

There is a nearly weekly law reporter published in Scotland called the Scots Law Times, published by Thompson W Green  which comes out 40 times a year on a Friday.  After a semester of pulling seemingly endless copies of this book off library shelves and passing them over the photocopier I started to feel a sense of affection for this series of hefty red bound tomes.

As I am Scottish born and studying the mixed legal system of Scotland for my degree this doubly makes me a Scots law student and so, as soon as I remembered the SLT, the title of the blog was born.

Public key

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