Saturday, 29 March 2008

Law Moderations

Unfortunately my promise of a more exciting next post is destroyed by my previous promise to let you know how my law moderations went. I got the results a couple of days ago and i was really pleased, i got:

Roman Law 66
Constitutional Law 73
Criminal Law 66.

Anything above 70 is a first and i just missed out on getting one with my average of 68.33. I was really pleased with my constit mark though and my tutor has told me that i've won the prize for best constit script out of all the first year lawyers at Oxford which i still haven't really come to terms with!

Law moderations are really important because when lawyers apply for vacation schemes (work experience in the summer of second year) or even for training contracts (pretty much a job offer from a law firm) the only law results that they will have to go on are the law moderations so to do well on them is a massive bonus, and to have won a prize from Slaughter and May for my constit is a big boost because i really want to apply to do a vac scheme there!

Sunday, 16 March 2008

An Update

Right, so i'm home after a hellish term that culminated in 3 weeks of literally living in a library in an attempt to avoid failing my law moderations, i'll let you know how i do when i get the marks but i'm not expecting much from criminal law which was an absolute disaster.

So what is this post about.. basically i'm a bit in limbo at the minute. I don't have a topic for an aggressive argument essay, i was going to bore you with law talk but i've decided against it, mainly because the last thing i want to think about is law at the minute.

I'm planning to get quite big into the tennis again and get heavily back into competition. When i was younger i was a decent player, i only started playing at 10 but by the time i was 16 i had won every junior and senior tournament at my local tennis club. I tried to play on a higher scale, winning the divisional youth league for my club but not doing too well on a more national scale, only winning 1 match in 3 attempts at the ulster championships. Not being able to make a significant step up started to affect my confidence and then i got a knee injury playing football that has taken 2 years to heal and still isn't completely better.

I played tennis for only the 5th time in 2 years a few weeks ago. I've made 4 previous attempts to start playing again but either my knee injury has came back or i've just not kept it up but i've played really regularly in the last few weeks and now i'm home i'm hoping to get back to a good standard. So my tennis targets, i'm hoping to play 3 times a week this easter and then play for college in trinity term. Hopefully by the end of trinity i'll be back to my best, but it'll be tough because i'm having to teach myself all the shots again and things like court position and shot selection are really difficult to just pick up again. In the summer i'd like to get back playing for my club and winning some tournaments again. I'll document my attempts as they happen.

Tomorrow is St Paddy's Day so wherever you are in the world, get hammered.

I'll leave you with a law thought... did you know that the law of private (self) defence allows you to repel using reasonable force any attack, or even if you mistakenly believe an attack to be imminent. However, as there is no test of a reasonable belief of an attack a loophole in the law means that a racist who honestly believes that a black person is about to kill him could murder the innocent man and use the defence of private defence. Nice to know the law is there to support those who really need it.

I'll post again soon, and it'll be more interesting I PROMISE.