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Law Students Enjoy a Leadership and Cultural Course in Mauritius ☀️

Students from Lancashire Law School jumped at the amazing opportunity to undertake a Leadership and Cultural course in Mauritius!

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Two of our students have shared their thoughts on the experience with us…

Chantelle Gardner

“My personal goal was to go on at least one trip a year; last year I visited London with the Law Society. Initially when I received the email about the leadership and cultural course in Mauritius I replied straight away without a second thought! Just one of the amazing experiences that Lancashire Law School has to offer. As a mature student with two children opportunities such as this do not happen regularly. I also would like to add that I am also disabled and the lecturers were very understanding on my bad days.

After a jam-packed year 2 this was a perfect way to wrap up my year. I also hate flying so I am trying to conquer my fear of flights! A course, a beautiful destination and meeting new people; not only with my law school but the Mauritian law school as well. I enjoyed getting to know the 2nd year students more and also speaking to 3rd year students about what to expect for the next year. It was so valuable to be able to listen to students and get advice about the year ahead. For some students, this could be their first trip abroad and going on these trips you really do get to know different people from all different backgrounds. I personally enjoy meeting new people especially from different cultures.  These trips are vital, as not only are they educational, they look great on your CV and they can be great discussion in an interview.

The lecturers put an excellent spin on their styles of teaching and it was not death by PowerPoint! We had presentations on the beach, one to one psychometric tests in hotels and a negotiations scenario which we had to do independently.  The lecturers also kindly organised one evening for us to enjoy some Mauritian cuisine and watch Sega dancing which is the native Mauritian dance. The team building days were great and I loved the dodo quest, which I believe is like the escape room. My favourite parts of the course were the psychometric tests and the negotiation competition. The psychometric test really made students think about themselves and become mindful about what employers may want. Although I had never heard of these tests prior to the course, once I was aware, I pretty much knew how mine would show. It has really made me think as the work route I want to go down is very dominant which is not really me! The negotiation task was great as we worked with the Mauritian students. Our group was very varied and therefore there was lots of discussion and people stamping their feet! I really enjoyed the course and would encourage anyone to attend at least one trip whether it be in the UK or abroad.”

Rebecca Rushworth

“When the opportunity arose to go on a once in a lifetime trip to Mauritius to visit the campus, bond with foreign students and make amazing memories, who could possibly turn that down?

I went to Mauritius on the 12th May 2017. We spent one week there and it was hardly a week I would forget. The cost of this trip was £500, including Emirates flights, the stay in a hotel for the week plus transport to and from campus and various activities. It was well worth the £500!

To begin with, we had the first night off. We landed late and we were tired after the long flight. After checking into the hotel, we decided we wanted to have a look around to see where about we were and what was going on! It turned into one of the best nights I have had! I bonded with students I had not met before and turned out we was a little worse for wear the day after…

Following this spontaneous first night, we then visited the campus and met the Mauritian students. We received our itinerary for the week. It was a jammed packed week full of various meetings, visits and activities as well as free time to enjoy as we please. The days we spent during the week at the campus was a good experience, we joined with the Mauritian students and got to know them a little better. However, there were classroom activities inside when it was a beautiful 28 degrees outside! Us English students wanted to make the most of that weather!

Before we flew to Mauritius, we had a questionnaire to fill in online for a personality test, which we received feedback when we were away. I found that really interesting. The feedback fit my personality accurately and I was shocked as to how relevant it was. We had a BBQ on the beach one night, getting to know students, lecturers, and we also visited another hotel for dinner and to watch a Mauritian dance.

We had a trip to the Dodo quest! The whole team really enjoyed this activity and my team won so it was even better! Finally, the highlight of my week has to be the deep-sea fishing trip I undertook with a few fellow students and our lecturer, Martin. On the Friday before flying home, we was picked up at 3am. We got onto a boat, watched the sunrise over the island and went fishing! I loved it and very grateful to Martin for arranging it all.

Finally, the leadership course has taught me many skills that I will carry through and grow with. I have made friends for life and got to know people I would not have known if it was not for this trip. The lecturers; Steph, Susan and Martin did a great job and really got involved with the students, the conversations and banter! I could not have put a better team together.

I am very grateful to the Law school for putting this trip together and I do sincerely hope that it carries on as an annual trip for Law students; it is well worth the money. The experience was amazing and I wish I could do it all over again! Thank you!”

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TESTIMONY FROM A RECENT PARTICIPANT IN THE UCLan MEDIATION COURSE

fghgfhfghWhen I attended the mediation course it was not with a career in mediation in mind! I felt mediation could be useful for my job as a lawyer but, beyond that, I hadn’t thought about how transferable its components were.

I was surprised at the calibre of the other participants. Amongst the barristers was Michael Redfern QC, Chair of the Alder Hey Inquiry, no less! In fact, the training room was filled with an eclectic mix of individuals of different ages, backgrounds and motivations – from confident, stentorian legal professionals, overflowing with eloquence and received pronunciation, to students with English as their second or third language.

It didn’t take me long to realise how useless at mediation I was! However, none of that mattered. During the course, as a result of the excellent content and the way it was delivered, I learned of the psychology, content and structure of successful mediation. It was a fantastic mix of fun, activities and information and I learned so much about where I had gone wrong with previous client and witness questioning techniques.

Within days of leaving the course, I began to notice how much the training had already altered my approach to dealing with people. No longer did I fire long, closed or leading questions at my subjects. Instead, my previous technique had been replaced with short, open questions.  Mediation is not about judging quickly and talking lots. It requires a far softer approach centred on listening, and in doing so, you will find yourself getting far more information as a result.

All in all, the whole process affords you skills that are incredibly transferable. Being able to listen and ask open questions is so useful in so many different areas of life.  I can honestly say that I think virtually anyone would benefit from being better at the skills that form mediation.

The ability to build bridges is so vital in life and business, it would be careless not to grab an opportunity to be better at it.

DATES FOR NEXT 2 MEDIATION COURSES:

12-16 Dec 2016

9-13 Jan 2017

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Email: mediationclinic@uclan.ac.uk
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Preston Law Trail Blog competition

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Preston Law Trail Blog competition.  The winning blogs will be going up on openlawmap.co.uk shortly.

The winners are Louise Baker, Renata Bartoncikova, Jaime Yarwood and Aneta Kucharova all of whom had written some interesting and informative blogs.  Well done!

Pelumi Olaitan also won the prize for the best photograph/video submitted while undertaking the Preston Law Trail.  Well done Pelumi!

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This year has been the most successful yet for Lancashire Law School’s Mediation Clinic

This year has been the most successful yet for Lancashire Law School’s Mediation Clinic; not only have we been shortlisted for University Service of the year and won ”Rising Star” in the Trailblazer category of the National Mediation Awards but we are also seeing a massive influx of cases. A few weeks ago, we had our biggest pre-litigated case which settled after 12 hours with the clients commenting , “It was a long and grueling day for all parties…but with an excellent end result.” Today our Team will be mediating the biggest litigated case that we have had so far! Our team will be mediating following a court order which mentioned the UCLan Mediation Clinic as being an appropriate service. Our team will be mediating a neighborhood dispute with a litigant in person and the other party is represented by a large national firm!

The Mediation Clinic is “dedicated to resolving disputes and furthering practical legal education.”The Mediation Clinic deals with many disputes from the student and local community. If you want more information about our mediation services or are interested in doing our Civil and Commercial Mediation Training Course please contact mediationclinic@uclan.ac.uk

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Our new academic year is starting with the largest case yet for our Mediation Clinic

Before entering into litigation, the parties in dispute over a right of way access agreed to mediate using the LLS Mediation Clinic.  One side was represented by a solicitor and the other was a litigant in person, so accepted the offer to use a Mediation Representative (a member of the Mediation Clinic Panel) to support them. As an educational, as well community spirited clinic, students are given the opportunity to co-mediate with an experienced member of staff, support litigants in person or observe.  It was a very long day, as the mediation took over 12 hours, with a new issue being introduced late afternoon. Final positions were declared, with threats of walking out if not agreed, by both parties. However, the mediators managed to continue to facilitate communication beyond this.  The goal of the day, to settle, was achieved.

Both parties wrote in the very next day to say:

“I must say a special thank you for yesterday’s efforts, it was very much appreciated and we are extremely satisfied with the service provided.”

“Thank you very much for all of your efforts. We really appreciate that you had a very difficult job to do and we are so sorry that it took so long to achieve a result. You must have the patience of saints!!! We think the outcome was a workable solution…plus also say thanks to the rest of your team for arranging everything and making our visit as welcome (under the circumstances) as possible.”

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Lancashire Law School – Visit to China

On 10th September 2016 Jane Anthony and Hilary Chadwick set off for the Orient to foster relationships with Universities and to attend a conference hosted by Uclan’s Confucius partner Beijing International Studies University (BISU)

First stop was Hebei University in the city of Baoding where they were made most welcome by the Law School. They were given a tour of both the old and new campuses and delivered a lecture to the Law students. In addition, they met up with some familiar faces notably Jessica who had been a visiting scholar at Lancashire Law School in 2015. There was also an opportunity for some sightseeing, they were shown round the Zhili Governor’s Office in Baoding dating back to 18th Century and a restored Lotus Pond garden which was extremely tranquil.

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Calligraphy for the Law School 

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Jane and Hilary with Professors at Hebei University

Towards the end of the week they visited BISU and met with potential partners in both the Law and Business Schools and had interesting and hopefully fruitful discussions.

In addition, BISU was hosting an International Symposium on Foreign Law and Comparative Law where Jane delivered a paper entitled “Legal Education: Knowledge, Skills and Employability” whilst their colleague from the Law school, Henrik Andersen delivered a paper entitled “China’s One Belt One Road – Transnational and Multilevel Rule of Law Challenges from a European Perspective”. Both papers engendered many interesting questions. The conference came about after Professor Keyuan Zou from Lancashire Law School had hosted an International and Comparative Law Conference last year with the Confucius Institute Partners. It was a great opportunity to network with Legal Scholars from around the world. Moreover, Lancashire Law School are hoping that there will be opportunities for students to go to China to participate in a summer school next year…so watch this space!!

However, it wasn’t all work as Jane and Hilary found time during their trip to visit the Great Wall which was truly a most spectacular sight.