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                         Law Reportere n t
  The Newsletter of Kent Law School at the University of Kent
                                                                          S tud e al
                                                            Issue Four, Autumn 2007


  Whether you are
                  WELCOME!      a new      With features from people both                term and we look to continue them
  student just starting at Kent Law        within and outside of the Law School,         with further activities and events
  School, a second or third year           we hope that this issue will have             throughout the course of the year.
  returning from summer vacation, or a     something for every student; whether
                                                                                         The Kent Law Reporter is the
  fourth year student returning after a    your priorities are settling in, getting
                                                                                         newsletter of Kent Law School and
  year abroad, welcome to the start of a   involved, or looking towards life after
                                                                                         normal editions feature student and
  new term and new academic year.          your degree.
                                                                                         staff news. Student news is always
  This issue of the Kent Law Reporter      This academic year is a particularly          welcomed and details of how to
  is a special edition introducing some    special one for the Law School as we          submit news for a future issue can be
  of the people and services you are       celebrate forty years of legal teaching       found on the back page.
  likely to come into contact with         and research at the University of Kent.
                                                                                         Have an enjoyable and successful year!
  during your time at Kent.                Celebrations started at the end of last

              GETTING INVOLVED - STUDENT SOCIEITIES                                               STUDENT REPS
                                                                                          Each year, Kent Law School (KLS)
                                                                                          appoints student representatives for
                                                                                          individual year groups.
                                                                                          Student reps are your voice and one
                                                                                          of the primary ways in which students
                                                                                          can     communicate      with     the
  Kent Law School has an active student    And at Medway:                                 Student Reps meet regularly, attend
  community with a variety of societies                                                   KLS committees, and liaise directly
                                           • Medway Law Group
  and activities open to all students.                                                    with the Head of Department and the
                                           Incorporating many of the elements
  Societies open to undergraduate          of all Canterbury Societies                    Director of Learning and Teaching.
  students at Canterbury are:                                                             This is not as scary as it sounds and
                                           There is an academic and social group
  • The Temple Society                     for postgraduates which organises a            gives you a great chance to tell us
  For intending Barristers                 variety of cultural and social activities.     what you really think about life at
  • The Law Society                        All of the societies arrange a wide mix
  For intending Solicitors                 off activities - from speakers and trips       If you are interested in standing as a
                                           to legal employers and institutions, to        rep, please contact Helen Letley
  • ELSA                                                                                  ( elections
                                           social events where you can meet
  If you are interested in European law                                                   will be held in the first few weeks of
                                           other law students.
  • Critical Lawyers Group                                                                term.
                                           Getting involved has never been so
  Critically examines the wider effects
                                           easy and so much fun!
  and intentions of the law

INFO BAR: Autumn term ends on Friday December 14th - more information about term dates
       THINGS TO REMEMBER...                                          POSTGRADUATE OFFICE
     • Helpdesk                              We spoke to Lynn Risbridger,              made. I deal mainly with the registered
     New law students are enouraged to       Postgraduate Officer, about the role of   students, both taught and research.
     visit the student helpdesk which will   the Kent Law School PG Office:            With over 200 students in different
     be running in Kent Law School from                                                stages of their programmes of study
     Saturday 15th September.                                                          the postgraduate office is a busy place!
     • Welcome Drinks Reception                                                        The office deals with every aspect of
     There will be a welcome reception                                                 administration      for     students’
     for both undergraduate and                                                        registration and also provides a
     postgraduate students in orientation                                              pastoral support for students. If we
     week - check your packs from the                                                  cannot answer your queries, we will
     helpdesk for more information!                                                    know someone who can! Behind the
                                             Kent Law School has a designated          scenes the postgraduate office also
                                             office for postgraduate students. It is   provides a support service for
         WHO’S WHO AT KLS?                   generally the first port of call for      academic staff assisting with the
     CANTERBURY                              information relating to anything          production of materials and posting of
                                             associated with postgraduate studies      information on the webpages.
     John Wightman                           at the Kent Law School!
     Head of Department                                                                The office can be found on the lower
                                             Dylan (PG Office Assistant) is here for   ground floor of the Eliot Extension
     Liz Cable                               enquiries relating to postgraduate        and is open from 9 am to noon and
     Departmental Administrator              admissions and can advise on making       then from 2 to 5 pm. Please feel free
     Nick Jackson                            an application as well as the progress    to pop in and say hello!
     Director of IT                          of applications after they have been
     Alan Thomson
     Head of Learning and Teaching
                                              TAKING THE NEXT STEP - THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE
     Dr William Howarth
     Director of Graduate Studies            What is the Careers Advisory Service      just a good degree – you will also
                                             (CAS) and just who is it for? We found    need to demonstrate skills such as
     Paul Hubert and Helen Letley
                                             out the answer to these questions and     communication, problem-solving and
     Student Advisors
                                             many more by speaking to Jenny            time management.
     Maureen Wilson                          Keaveney, Careers Advisor at the
                                                                                       Your studies, part-time or vacation
     KLS Office Supervisor                   Service:
                                                                                       work and involvement in sports and
     Lynn Risbridger                                                                   societies will all help you to develop
     Graduate Officer                                                                  these skills: see our booklet “Career
                                                                                       Management Skills” for more about
     Lisa Dickson
                                                                                       what these skills are, how they relate
     Director of Studies
                                                                                       to different careers and how to
     John Fitzpatrick                                                                  develop and improve them. This
     Director of Kent Law Clinic                                                       booklet, and our “Career Planning
     Davina Cooper                                                                     Guide” can be collected from the
     Director of Centre LGS                                                            Careers Service at Canterbury or
                                                                                       Medway:            our         website
     MEDWAY                                                                   will give you
     Lesley Phippen                                                                    details of our locations and opening
     Director of Legal Studies                                                         hours and the range of help we can
     Helen Strotten
     Clinic Supervisor                                                                 You can use the CAS resources at any
                                             In spite of the name, we are not just
                                                                                       time during your studies – and, as a
     Lindsey Wilmshust-Smith                 about careers – or even just advice.
                                                                                       law student, the earlier you start
     Student Administration (Medway)         We can offer information and help
                                                                                       planning your future career the
                                             with everything from graduate
     BRUSSELS                                                                          better!
                                             employment to vacation work to
     Harm Schepel                            postgraduate study to time out.           The Careers Advisory Service at
     Acting Director                                                                   Canterbury is located on the
                                             We are also involved in helping
                                                                                       entrance to Keynes College and is
     Wade Mansell and Emily Haslam           students develop the skills which
                                                                                       for the use of all students at the
     Principal academic staff                graduate recruiters will look for. To
                                                                                       University of Kent.
                                             succeed in a competitive area such as
     Anja Sablon                             the legal profession takes more than
     Student Administration (Brussels)

can be found at: Take the time to get to know Web CT - all
      What exactly is it?                           Where is it?                               student, academic or practitioner)
                                                                                               have a special responsibility for
      It is a legal service for local people        The Clinic has two offices: one is in
                                                                                               ensuring that the law is accessible to
      who cannot afford to pay for one.The          Eliot College on the Canterbury
                                                                                               all. They have come together in the
      service is provided by students under         campus between the main building and
                                                                                               Law Clinic to provide a service which
      the supervision of legally qualified staff,   extension looking out on the lovely
                                                                                               makes a small contribution to that
      and by volunteer solicitors and               garden; the other is on the third floor
                                                                                               end. They also believe that law
      barristers in private practice locally.       of the Medway Building with a
                                                                                               students benefit enormously from
      There is a very varied caseload:              splendid view of the Chatham
                                                                                               participating in that service.
      employment, housing, consumer                 Maritime campus.
      contract, tort, welfare benefits,
                                                    What do students actually do?
      planning, family, immigration, asylum
      and much else. It is a collective             Students interview clients, research
      endeavour, and an entirely optional           the law, draft correspondence and
      one.                                          court       statements,       conduct
                                                    negotiations and appear as advocates
                                                    in the County Court or Employment
                                                    or Benefits Tribunals. They also
                                                    organise and assist at the advice
                                                    sessions, take an hour a week on
                                                    reception in the office, work on
                                                    projects (eg on criminal appeals cases),      The Clinic facilities in Medway
                                                    take part in debates and discussions,
                                                    and discuss new cases at the Weekly        How do I get involved?
                                                                                               Come to a Weekly Meeting:
                                                    Why is it?                                 Canterbury:Tuesdays 12.00pm, Upper
                                                                                               Staff Common Room in Eliot College.
                                                    Many staff and students at Kent, and
                                                                                               Medway: alternately Wednesday
                                                    many local solicitors and barristers
        Students in the Canterbury Clinic                                                      lunchtimes/Thursday       evenings,
                                                    too, believe that lawyers (whether
                                                                                               Medway Building, Chatham Maritime.

                                                         STUDENT ADVISORS
                                                                                               questions about concessions, appeals,
                                                                                               study skills, extensions, student
                                                                                               references, and much more!
                                                                                               We also provide limited advice about
                                                                                               qualifying as a Solicitor/Barrister,
                                                                                               provide most references for the Legal
                                                                                               Practice Course and some references
                                                                                               for the Bar Vocational Course. In
                                                                                               addition, we can discuss module
                                                                                               choices in relation to your
                                                                                               professional development.
                                                                                               Why should students think about
                                                                                               coming to see you?
                   Student Advisor Helen Letley (left) with Assistant Jane Vella
                                                                                               If you are struggling with your studies
                                                                                               for any reason or you have a general
      The Kent Law School Student                   they do and how they can help
                                                                                               query, please come in to see one of us.
      Advisors are Dr Paul Hubert and               students at all levels at Kent Law
                                                                                                We will be pleased to meet you and
      Helen Letley, both of whom work in            School:
                                                                                               offer confidential assistance as
      the office on a part-time basis with
                                                    Who are the KLS student                    appropriate.
      their assistant Jane Vella. The
                                                    advisors and what do you do?
      Student Advisors are based in the                                                        Students are welcome to visit the
      Kent Law School building with their           We act as tutors to almost all stage       Student Advisors during their drop in
      office in Room L24/25 (next to the            two and three students, some stage         times: Monday 11-1, Tuesday 1-3,
      main Law School Office).                      one students and are available to all      Thursday 11-1 and Friday 1-3.
                                                    undergraduate students through our         Alternatively, you can e-mail them at
      We spoke to Student Advisor Helen
                                                    drop-in sessions. We deal with a wide with a query
      Letley to find out more about what
                                                    range of student queries, including        or to make an appointment.

modules will be delivered using Web CT and it contains many useful features to help with your studies!
                                                             MEET THE FACULTY - LESLEY PHIPPEN
                                                surrounding media intrusion and             I've lost count of the number of times
                                                privacy of the individual. I'm also very    I've said ' Did you hear on the radio
                                                interested in Medical law & Ethics          today?'.
                                                which I teach sometimes.
                                                                                            How would you spend an ideal
                                                Can you give us a run down of               day away from work?
                                                your typical day?
                                                                                            Not having to dash off anywhere too
                                                I'm not sure there is one. I teach at       early in the morning and being able to
                                                both Medway and Canterbury but              potter at home for a while. I like to
    Tell us about what you do at Kent           spend most of my time at Medway. If         visit an exhibition possibly or go to
    Law School?                                 I'm in Canterbury it's usually only for     the coast for a walk along the beach
                                                one day a week so that will be spent        and then on to a delicious meal with
    I teach Obligations II and Media law at
                                                delivering a lecture and seminar and        family or friends.My daughter has read
    present. Currently, I'm Director of
                                                then working in the office in Eliot and     this and says I should insert the word
    Legal Studies at Medway which
                                                seeing students.                            'noisy' before 'delicious' as we all tend
    involves organising some events and
                                                                                            to talk at once.
    doing a fair bit of administration there    If I'm at Medway, apart from the
    relating to the delivery of the LLB at      teaching, I may be preparing materials,     And finally, what is the one piece
    Medway. I'm also the liaison person for     doing administration or attending           of advice you would give to Law
    Bermuda and have been since May             meetings. I rarely work at home             School students?
    2005. I've been there each year since       Monday - Friday.
                                                                                            Apart from working as hard as
    for a few days - as you can imagine this
                                                What do you like to do to relax             possible I'd say choose your options
    is very tough!
                                                outside of working at the Law               carefully. Choose what interests you
    How long have you worked at the             School?                                     rather than what your friends might
    Law School?                                 Going       for     walks,     reading      want to study. If you have a genuine
                                                newspapers/books/magazines, visiting        interest you will put more effort into
    Since 2001.
                                                art exhibitions, going to the theatre,      it and enjoy the work far more. I once
    Do you have any particular                  shopping ( yes, the usual I'm afraid -      had a student who loved Family Law
    research interests?                         shoes and jewellery .. and books). I        so much she read it in bed at night --
    Law relating to freedom of speech and       enjoy listening to music and the radio      - it takes all sorts...
    the media particularly issues               which I invariably have on in the car.

                                                               MEET THE FACULTY - DIANE RAPER
                                                Do you have any particular                  changes to improve services.
                                                research interests?
                                                                                            What do you like to do to relax
                                                Enabling lawyers to use legal resource      outside of working at the Law
                                                materials effectively.                      School?
                                                Can you give us a run down of               I am a keen dog agility competitor and
                                                your typical day?                           spend weekends in the summer
                                                                                            competing. I keep fit for agility by
                                                I work at Canterbury Monday to
                                                                                            running with my cocker spaniels, Dash
                                                Thursday each week. I start off by
    Tell us about what you do at Kent                                                       and Flyte.
                                                checking my email for urgent requests
    Law School?                                 for help and then move on to any of         I have a large garden and seem to
    I am the law librarian – officially         the projects I currently have running.      spend lots of time planting interesting
    entitled Academic Liaison Librarian         At the start of the academic year I         new trees and shrubs.
    (Law) and I am based on the 3rd floor       spend more time on teaching ensuring
                                                                                            How would you spend an ideal
    of the Templeman Library.                   that new students understand how to
                                                                                            day away from work?
                                                access all the material that is available
    I organise and provide training in the      to them. Later in the year I may be         That’s easy. I have just come back
    use of legal resources and ensure that      able to work on specific projects           from holiday and the best day was
    KLS has the best selection of legal         designed to improve services. Last          spent on a long walk followed by a
    materials both online and in print.         year I updated the Lawlinks website.        long relaxing lunch outside in the
    How long have you worked at the                                                         sunshine.
                                                I have an open door policy to staff and
    Law School?                                 students so when I am in the Library I      And finally, what is the one piece
    I joined the staff in July 2006 – so just   am always ready to assist individual        of advice you would give to Law
    over a year. I have worked in different     students who may be having                  School students?
    law libraries and it is a relief to see     difficulties. I try to spend time
                                                                                            Based on what I observed last year -
    that online access is finally overtaking    discussing services with staff and
                                                                                            Keep up with your reading as you go
    the use of printed material.                students so that I can find out what
                                                                                            along – don’t leave it all to the last few
                                                works and doesn’t work and make any
                                                                                            weeks before exams.

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