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Weekly law news update for graduates

Updated every Thursday morning, we give you the essential information you need to keep on top of your applications and raise your commercial awareness for interviews or meetings with law recruiters. We’ve also added some other titbits of information that might interest you.

Competition winner, social mobility at the Bar, Bojo’s bust-up, Twibel and combustible credentials

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What you MUST know:

Competition returns

The second stage of our career stories competition is underway. Find out how you could win a £20 Amazon voucher by answering this month’s question: ‘What’s the weirdest questions you’ve ever been asked at interview?’. Tell us by 10 June for your chance to win. You can also see what last month’s winner and runners up would do if they could choose any job without worrying about money.

Click to go to our competition winner page to find out how to enter and more.

Social mobility, equality and diversity at the Bar

When TARGETjobs Law spoke to aspiring lawyers last year, there were some concerns about making applications to chambers for pupillage. We spoke to different areas of the Bar to find out what the real attitude is to equality and diversity at the modern Bar, and put everything together in one mega-article for the site. Take a look at the article to see what barristers and Bar representatives had to say about making applications and working lifestyles.

What is the SQE and do you need it?

The new qualification for aspiring solicitors – the solicitors qualifying examination (SQE) – is due to replace the current qualification(s) from 2021.

You can find out what this means for non-law graduates considering a conversion course (graduate diploma in law, commonly called the GDL), what the implications are for training contracts and how the new SQE will be run by reading our guide to how the SQE super exam may affect graduates.

What you SHOULD know:

Bojo’s legal bus-tup

Tory leadership candidate Boris Johnson has been summoned to court in relation to his claims during the referendum on membership of the European Union that the UK gave the EU £350m per week. The figure was made famous by its appearance on the side of a campaign bus. A private prosecution, funded by campaigner Marcus Ball, alleges misconduct in public office. The initial hearing will take place at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. Among the issues likely to arise within the case are: what constitutes public office, the nature of a fair trial and whether the case is being used solely on a political basis.

Click the story headline to read more directly from the BBC.

Twibel is now a thing

The Guardian has a collection of stories outlining how libel is no longer solely the domain of traditional media providers. Utilising the term ‘Twibel’ (Twitter and libel) the paper has outlined several instances where defamation cases have successfully been brought against those using social media. Sally Bercow’s implications about Lord McAlpine and Katie Hopkins’ online allegations against food blogger Jack Monroe are both put under the magnifying glass to established how the media law landscape has changed for the general public.

Click the story headline to read more from The Guardian.

Of interest:

Combustible credentials

A trial collapsed after an expert witness was found not to be an expert at all. Andrew Ager had been used in a string of court cases until he was questioned by defence counsel over his credentials during a carbon credits trial. Ager was found to have no academic qualifications and could not remember whether or not he had passed his A levels. The defence team on the case stated that there are ‘systemic failures within the investigation and disclosure processes at City of London Police’ and has warned that the finding could call other previous prosecutions into question.

Click the story headline to read more from The Independent.

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