Event Dates: 17 – 21 June 2013
Birkbeck Main Building
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1E 7HX
The Birkbeck School of Law presents:
Law on Trial 2013: Legal Utopias: The Future of Law and Legal Education
Against a background of profound changes in higher education policy, and in the year in which the Legal Education and Training Review (LETR) will report its findings to its sponsoring regulators in May 2013, the School of Law at Birkbeck places legal education on trial in this week of free lectures and workshops.
With roundtable discussions featuring distinguished legal academics, novelists, journalists and political activists, who explore the influence of legal education and legal educators on the wider cultural and social landscape, this is a trial not to be missed!
Take part as we debate the future of the School of Law, positioned in a climate where both publicly funded and privately sourced legal education providers battle with high fees and an ever expanding competitive market. Have your say over access to legal education as our panels explore whether legal academics should confront challenges of widening participation by developing a culture of pro bono – offering legal education freely outside their universities/colleges.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Legal Education: Socialist Survivors
Birkbeck Law School works closely with the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers. Ever since its foundation in 1930, Haldane has been a legal thorn in the side of every government, fighting for law reforms, civil liberties and access to justice for all; waging war on racism and discrimination; and engaging in practical solidarity in Europe and internationally.
Now, Haldane, which has over 400 members, barristers, solicitors, trade unionists and activists, is fighting against legal aid cuts. See http://www.haldane.org/news/category/legal-aid. Haldane’s strength is its young members: most of its executive are in their 20s.
How did they become socialists? What has been their experience of legal education?
Tonight’s panel enables you to engage with two recently qualified young lawyers.
Natalie Csengeri: caseworker at Lloyds PR Solicitors, 2012 KCL LLM Labour Law, 2011 BPTC City University, 2010 GDL at BPP, 2009 University of California Santa Barbara.
Stephen Knight: currently doing a pupillage, 2012 UCL LLM Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, 2011 BPTC City University London, 2010 University of Sheffield
Natalie and Stephen are committed political activists, and members of Haldane’s Executive
Introduction by Professor Bill Bowring (Birkbeck).
Discussion and audience questions: