LAW STUDENTS : Are you a LAW Geek – The 5 questions quiz by Legaleaglemhm

I have a confession to make.

My name is Legaleaglemhm and I am actually a GEEK. Yes I do have an anorak , I own a pair of binoculars and can be seen making notes in my note pad

( yes I do mean paper) I also use evernote, my iPad, iphone and the cloud I am permenantly connected to the world via social media and eat sleep think and play Law in the old form and in the new style .

Does loving technology make one a GEEK?

Here are my top 5 ways to identify if you are a GEEK

1. You use social media.

2. You know what IP is.

3 You use Technology in your law studies.

4. Your mom asks you questions on Facebook.

5. You are currently scoping out the firms you would like to work at in the future on-line.

Congratulations, you are also a law geek.

Welcome !

You can follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLp

Legal Process Engineer





LAW STUDENTS : the 15 minute rule every law student shouldn’t ignore – by legaleaglemhm

WOW ! with now over 70,000 views on my blog, months of business projects, planning writing under my belt.I found myself re examining my blog.
I actually chuckled at some of the blog posts and thought , what drivel !!!!!

It’s important to review your blog from time to time.It is crucial to re-examine your posts, sometimes re-post them and sometime actually delete or scrap posts that are out of date.
Keeping your blog freshly pressed is something we often over look.
Did you know that some people are finding your blog for the first time today. They are reading your posts written maybe three years ago – Do you want this to be the case?

Taking 15 minutes (when you have a coffee break to review your blog can make such a difference )

do it today 15 minutes

Not got a blog ?

why not ? set one up here it’s free, it’s easy it’s necessary 

send me your link too and i will put on my bloggers law student list

Follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP

Legal Process Engineer


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What makes a GREAT lawyer ?

What makes a ‘Great Lawyer?’

It’s the question on everyone’s lips right now – Is it great legal skills and depth of knowledge alone or is it sharp business skills and acute commercial awareness?
OR Is it a mixture of both?

As a newbie lawyer about to launch into the profession I look to my peers for guidance to assist me on my journey to becoming a ‘great lawyer’ but what exactly is that and are clients even in the market for a great lawyer at all?

Is it all about the money ? Or is it all about the client? How do you strike a balance that gives the client the best legal services whilst dealing with the ever-changing landscape that is the metamorphosis we call the Legal Profession.?

Do clients want a great lawyer ? Maybe they are happy with a mediocre lawyer if it saves them money.
Unlike many new lawyers I am a bit more mature and am entering the profession with a first career in Business under my belt.

I can not help looking at matters from a business perspective, it’s what I do. However many new lawyers are flying out to the realms of practice without so much as knowledge of ‘what a file looks like’ let alone the in depths understanding of strategic sales and planning strategies.

For law students many have studied for 5 years to grapple with the intricacies of legal argument only to find that someone has ‘moved the goal post’ once they have graduated. Now in 2011 as they enter the profession they need to be commercially aware too.

Why did no one tell them when they were filling out that UCAS form. Would they have benefited by taking a year or two out and learning the ropes in a small business venture first?

I would be very interested in receiving your comments and if you would like to write a Guest blog then please let me know. – What makes a ‘great lawyer’ and do clients want one anyway?

Help the Next Generation of Lawyers – with the benefit of YOUR experience.

Michelle.L.Hynes LL.B (Hons)DipLP

TOP TIPS for 4th Year Law students – Writing your dissertation

TOP TIPS for 4th Year Law students  – Writing your dissertation


The count down is on. We are now in September and the Autumn/fall brings something very exciting to all us legal geeks. Yes, the beginning of the academic year.

Do you remember starting first year? I bet it feels like a long time ago now. Every year as I moved forward from First year to second and second to third I swore to myself that I would be better organized. That I would have set times for study and that I would cope with the workload better.

Every single year after the initial weeks I felt one thing ‘SWAMPED”

I realized that 4th Year Law really was hard. I was determined to get through It

You will make it. You can choose the hard way ( if you like) reading and gathering all your notes and sweating and panicking or you can follow these very simple TOP TIPS I learned during my final honours year of LL.B (Hons) at the University of Glasgow.

It really isn’t rocket science but these tips worked for me.

So as you spend the last few weeks on having a lie in, going to the pub or just frantically panicking about your final year, have no fear.

Your fairy godmother is here. Get your self a nice latte and read, slowly and do.

The difference in your final honours year is that you have elective classes plus the dreaded D word. Yes, the dissertation.

Here are MY TOP TIPS for you

1. Time Management

Time management is probably the most important part of 4th year. Before you even step back into a seminar or lecture theatre, before you buy a new rucksack or even look at dissertation topics the first thing to do is make a detailed plan for managing your time.

I worked on a very simple 20 minute principle. It has been reported that the brain operates better during the first 20 minutes of reading. So structure your time in 20 minute chunks

Once the 20 minutes has ended get up, go for a walk or just switch subjects that you are reading. Read outside of Law too even if it’s just a newspaper, twitter a magazine or something unrelated.It helps to switch off for a while.

2. Plan your Work Schedule

Your dissertation is a large part of your 4th year course usually consisting of 30 credits and consisting of around 10-11,000 words.

This isn’t something you should leave till the end.

Start working AS SOON AS YOU CAN – NOW EVEN Before you start back

Do a little bit on a regular basis ( yes EVERY day) 

Decide in advance when you’re going to work on your dissertation – set aside time each week or have a particular day to work on it

Give yourself a specific task to do in that time

Do difficult tasks at the times of day you work best

Do easy tasks when you’re tired / less motivated

3. The Library is your friend  

Find a quiet spot, you know where they are and make yourself at home You will be here for a long time this year.

Law Libraries are your friend. When you start to tire there will always be someone who will come with you for a chat and coffee.

Read ahead for as many of your classes as you can. Don’t leave your reading until the day before. BE PREPARED

4. D –Day Your dissertation

Your dissertation will be a piece of work that will stay with you forever. I wrote my dissertation in 2008/2009 and It is etched in my brain now forever.

The key to your dissertation management is again Planning and I would suggest working backwards. If your final deadline is the 15th of March give yourself two days and aim to finish and hand in on the 12th.

This way you have a couple of days for catastrophes like binding,dog ate my dissertation or printer breaks.

I found having a think about firstly what area I was interested in and choosing a broad topic/ subject helped as a start.

Then I asked myself some questions. My area was Criminal Law as the broad topic. I asked my self what part of criminal Law interested me.

I decided that I would look at a question spanning different jurisdictions. A comparative question perhaps.

I wrote a few examples of questions and mulled it over ( you could be doing that now as You’ve already studied Law for three years)

Next I met with My supervisor and had a chat about my broad subject.

The next stage was narrowing my topic down. I chose to look specifically at the Law of Double Jeopardy and consider If the Law in Scotland should be changed to allow for a re-trial if fresh DNA evidence became available after an acquittal.

Whooo Hooo I Had a topic. Now to begin


Lots of people will tell you different ways of working on your dissertation. This way really did work for me.It involves three words

READ,     READ and   READ

then whilst you are reading  

Think about your methodology

Identify primary sources

Identify secondary sources, if appropriate

Make notes / mindmaps BUT DO NOT Write as you go

Organise and analyse your material

ONE WEEK Write up ( This is the easy part – people often think It is the difficult part  but I disagree. Once you have crystalized your arguments then committing it to paper is easy.) Don’t let the panic of others stop you for staying calm.

One WEEK HOLIDAY – Once it is finished.Put it down.Walk away. Don’t look at it for a week and then revisit if with a fresh mind.THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT

ASK yourself your question AGAIN

Redraft  ( if necessary) / check / proofread

Submit It / Turn It in


6. Structuring your dissertation


         Chapter 1. Introduction

         Chapter 2.  ( as many Chapters as you need )

         Chapter 3. Methodology

         Chapter 4. Results and Analysis

         Chapter 5. Discussion

         Chapter 6. Conclusion

         Bibliography & Appendices / Table of Cases

I Hope my Top Tips give you something to think about as you enter your final year of your LL.B (Hons) . Enjoy the challenge and If I can be of any help, please get in touch.


Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

Law Professor says – All NEW LAWYERS should be techies

Why all NEW lawyers should be Techies  by Legaleaglemhm

I am currently researching for a paper I am working on and as I have a passion for Law I find myself in ‘Fairy godmother of Law students ‘mode. Listen up you lawyerly types, Ive got something to share with you.*****waves magic wand******

When people speak about Technology in legal matters one could be forgiven for thinking that Technology is a specific area of law. One might think that we are referring to a group of specialist Lawyers trained specifically in the goings on of Technology companies,the world of Intellectual property and so forth but actually when we speak about Law and technology we should know that the language of law has changed.

It is now a term that relates to the everyday workings of Law students,academics and lawyers in their every day life. Law ,  a traditional subject has evolved.FACT.

I came across a really interesting article tonight on the Legalrebels blog by Dan Katz Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director – ReInvent Law: A Law Laboratory Devoted to Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship

Tech skills are the key to law students’ future employment, says ‘13 Legal Rebel Dan Katz


Photo of Dan Katz by Wayne Slezak.

Law professor Daniel Martin Katz is betting the pot–his future and those of his students–on a radical model of legal training and job placement.

Katz’s ReInvent Law Laboratory, which he co-founded and co-directs with fellow Michigan State University College of Law professor Renee Newman Knake, aims to prepare students and practicing lawyers for what the face of law will become as traditional delivery models stagnate and legal technology startups and alternative service providers continue to expand.

“The part [of the legal profession] that is actually growing–the Clearspires, the Axioms, legal process outsourcers and software companies–they need people with particular sets of skills who have domain expertise and can build software that works to solve legal problems,” says Katz, an associate law professor with a tech and public policy background–an unusual combination in legal academia. “They need lawyers who know the law, understand software and technology, and [know] how to mesh the two.”

Katz’s familiarity and expertise with visual design, computer science and big data are missing from most law school faculties, says MSU Law dean Joan W. Howarth, who recruited Katz to be a change agent at her school.

“I was especially pleased when Dan took his expertise and his passion to questions about the future of the legal profession and industry,” Howarth says, “because he has the skills to be able to think about, write about and push forward any kind of subject.”

To that end, the ReInvent Law module includes a core curriculum of classes designed to teach students and practicing lawyers “hard skills” such as quantitative legal prediction (including technology that predicts whether a client has a case, the odds of winning it and which arguments should be used in support). The program also promotes the research and development of legal service models that are affordable, accessible and widely adopted through startup competitions and free daylong seminars designed to spark ideas and conversation among leading entrepreneurs and legal innovators. That crowd includes Katz’s students, who are gaining the attention of legal employers–and getting hired.

Although Katz, 35, actively recruits tech-savvy prospective students the way a college football coach scouts talent (Katz played ball at the University of Oregon), that doesn’t mean policy-science majors need not apply.

“They just have to be willing to take a crash course and learn” (which he says has never been easier thanks to the explosion of free, online university-level classes) “because in this industry, you don’t have to be able to outrun the bear; you just have to outrun the other people. When it comes to a technical standpoint, most people in the legal industry can’t even walk.”

Katz has no qualms that his vision won’t kowtow to those married to traditional law school methods and business models. He feels the placement of ReInvent Law students in BigLaw jobs will spur wider adoption of similar modules that teach these skill sets and increase demand for those who possess them.

To break the barrier with traditional firms, “you have to have somebody so ‘teched up’ that it makes sense to hire them,” Katz says.

“Discovery is where it clearly makes sense. When I talk to lead discovery law firm partners, they say that they need people with these skills and would rather take a person like that than someone currently in their organizations,” Katz says. “They’ll say that off the record, but the idea is the No. 2 person on the matter doesn’t know anything; they’re just there.”

“If we prove this [model] is successful, there will be a lot of copycats, but the problem is law school faculty don’t have the tools; there are no tech skills or design training, no entrepreneurs,” Katz says.

“They don’t have skin in the game. I’m in the club because I’ve got [capital in legal tech] companies and have pushed all my chips forward on this. That’s my bet. We’ll see where it lands.”

I couldn’t agree more with professor Katz and If you want to ‘stay in the game’ then get your anorak, get learning.FAST. ( I say this as I work Geekily away on my mac )

What do you think ? I welcome your comments


Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLp

The 15 minute Rule – Updating your blog is it important????

WOW ! with now over 65,000 views on my blog, and a new job too I find myself  re-examining my blog.
I actually chuckled at some of the blog posts and thought , what drivel !!!!!

It’s important to review your blog from time to time.It is crucial to re-examine your posts, sometimes re-post them and sometime actually delete or scrap posts that are out of date.
Keeping your blog freshly pressed is something we often overlook.
Did you know that some people are finding your blog for the first time today. They are reading your posts written maybe three years ago – Do you want this to be the case?

Taking 15 minutes (when you have a coffee break to review your blog can make such a difference )

do it today 15 minutes

Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

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A Secret Guide for All New lawyers:  What you will wish you knew.

The life of a Law student is never easy.

From day one you will be reading cases, planning arguments, learning advocacy skills and yet somewhere amidst the hours of reading in the library you will be expected to ‘market’ yourself.

What on earth does this mean?How Will I learn how to do this?Who will teach me ? Surely as a law graduate you will be able to move swiftly from life as a student into the professional world of business equipped with all the skills you learn at University? NOT

On graduation you will have: A Degree ( Bachelor of Laws) Great time management skills The ability to work as a team. The ability to critically analyse a set of facts. The ability to find the law and apply it to the case at hand . THIS IS IT ………………………..This is what will take you into the REAL world of law WRONG.

There is something far amiss in this line of thinking. Once you’ve handed back your gown and had the family photographs and the graduation celebration and once you have undertaken the Diploma in Legal Practice or PEAT1 or LPC – you will learn very quickly that YOU’VE MISSED SOMETHING.

YES- YOU HAVE MISSED SOMETHING THAT YOU NEEDED FROM THE FIRST DAY AT LAW SCHOOL You will wish you could rewind your degree and go back to-day one because here is what you are not taught at Law school. HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF and GET COMMERIAL REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE

I KNOW this because as I embark on the world of real law in the real world I look around me and see many law students who might have first class honours degrees but have focussed only on law for the last 5 years. I want to give you a quick secret guide. Its my own tips that you can use from TODAY.

1. Set up a twitter account.

2. Link Twitter to your Facebook.

3. Set up a Linkedin Account.

4. Set up at least one blog – I have a few

5. Set up a Digg Account

6. Set up a YOUTUBE channel

7. Set up a Pinterest account

8. START connecting with lawyers ALL OVER THE WORLD.

9. Subscribe to on-line journals

10. Write for on-line journals

11. Talk to your Law Society

12. Enter Competitions

13. Join a mooting club and learn advocacy skills.


15. Google yourself –what do you find ? If you cant find you no one else will either.

16. Connect with other students around the world and learn HOW they study law.

17. BE an innovator in YOUR law school- get involved.

18. Write on areas of the law that interest you.

19. Make short video clips and post on your channels

20. Network both on-line and real life – Take every opportunity to meet lawyers.

21. Talk to people you know who might one day become your clients – what do they want from a lawyer and listen, really listen.

GET COMMERCIAL EXPERIENCE NOW – Don’t wait for your training contract. You will not learn any of these things at LAW school.

No one will show you how to do it until you find your self hunting for a traineeship and realise that if you had started 5 years ago you might have had a better chance.

I will be posting tips on all of these topics to help.

Do it and start today – It’s YOUR career.

Michelle L Hynes LL.B ( Hons ) DipLP

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Legaleaglemhm TOP TIPS for Law EXAM revision

1 DO NOT Panic – remember that if you have been working steadily all year the information IS IN THERE. It’s all about recall. If you haven’t been working all year then – PANIC – revision is exactly what it says it is revising what you already know.
2. Past papers are your friend. You can usually download them so get yourself a few years of past papers and have a look at the types of questions and themes that are likely to come up. Again – don’t panic just work your way through the past papers and you will be surprised at how much you already know.
3. Draw a plan of your subject – I prefer to mind map mine but you can also just make topic headings. What works for me is a big sheet of wall paper turned over and rolled out and I work on the back of it. The past papers would have helped you to identify some themes so start to draw out your areas of knowledge. You will soon find that you actually know MORE than you thought you did.
4. Remember – You are human not a computer. We humans need breaks, water and proper conditions to study in. the next three tips are essential.
5. DRINK WATER – it’s good for your brain and for revising.
6. ONLY revise for 20 minutes at a time. After 20 minutes STOP. Walk away , make a coffee or just take a break for 5 minutes ( BE STRICT with this one) then return and review everything you have looked at in the previous 20 minutes .This practice really worked for me through out all of my undergraduate years and my post-graduate and I have never failed an exam.
7. Structure your day for revision – it is a waste of time and effort revising when you are tired you will not retain that information. I used set times and breaks and topics.
8. Try mind maps for case notes – draw pictures and use abbreviations to help you remember citations.
9. Remembering the ratio and the legal test is more important than the case citation if you know the legal principles you are one step ahead already.
10. NEVER study on the day of your exam – If you really don’t know your subject by now then focus on what you DO know. It is too late to cram. I found that I was much better prepared on the day of the exam if I was not stressed instead I have always chosen to do something relaxing before my exams.



Law Students – Do you think ‘Money Sucks’?

Law Students Do you think Money Sucks?

If you are a Law student , Diploma student, Bar Student, trainee solicitor, Pupil or devil – no doubt Money either Will be, or has been a problem for you at some point during your studies. Where can you turn to get informed advice on your money issues?
Send your money questions to me by email and our expert Fergus Muirhead at moneysucks will answer on this blog. It can be a general question or a specific money matter.

So Who is @Money_sucks

Moneysucks? was created by Fergus Muirhead to help demystify money! Money is an important tool for all of us, and an emotional one, but too often we let it control how we live our lives rather than the other way round.

So Moneysucks? will be full of accessible, easy to read, information and advice on all aspects of money and consumer rights. Fergus is making it his mission to help you understand what you need to be doing to make your money work for you, and to make sure that you understand where you stand as a consumer if you feel you’re getting poor service or your complaints are not being taken seriously.

Moneysucks? is the culmination of over twenty years of involvment with money in all its guises and over that time Fergus has helped a wide range of individuals to manage their money efficiently.

Fergus is an experienced writer and broadcaster. He has written on all aspects of money and consumer issues for a number of newspapers and magazines as diverse as Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Sunday Herald, the Sun, The News of the World and the Journal of the Probate Section of the Law Society. He wrote a regular column in Moneywise Magazine and for five years he was Consumer Champion at best selling magazine Women’s Own.

He is the author of three money advice booklets for One Parent Families as well as a number of Chapters in the Probate Section Journal Yearbook. He has also written on-line content for RBS ‘Money Sense’ website as well as their ‘Teacher’s guide to Finance’ Booklets.

As well as his writing credits Fergus has appeared regularly on a number of radio and TV programmes. These include GMTV, BBC Breakfast, Homes Live and Location, Location, Location for TV and Macaulay & Co, The Phil Williams Show and many BBC News programmes on radio.

He can currently be seen and heard on his regular money and consumer slot on BBC Scotland’s flagship TV news programme Reporting Scotland and on the lunchtime radio show Scotland Live.

Away from his desk Fergus has travelled the world playing bagpipes and he has acted as Compere at every Piping Live Festival in Glasgow as well as at the prestigious William Kennedy Festival in Armagh. He is a respected performer at Burns Suppers – his Tam o’ Shanter is well worth seeing we are told.

If your starting out as a law student, half way through your studies or coming to the end , ask the expert.
If your a new lawyer or even an ‘old’ one , then questions are welcome.

LAW :Diary of a Diploma Student – Tears and Eggshells

Diary of a DIploma Student – Tears and Egg shells

I started of the week on a bit of a High with thoughts that in around two weeks time the course will be over. What a week this has been.

Monday 7th of March 2011 brought a bright spring morning and a fantastic lecture once again by David Thomson Advocate on Civil Appeals.

This was followed closely in class by discussions on ‘Leave to appeal’ and the criteria and legislation used to determine if “leave is required to be sought’
This subject is Advanced Civil litigation and is one of my electives this semester following on from Civil litigation last semester.

Due to the bad snow in january our exam for civil litigation was delayed and indeed the marks had not come out even as we began the Advanced course. I was of course ‘joyous’ this week to find out that not only had I passed civil litigation but I obtained a good mark too.

For many Diploma students the finishing post is now academic as more and more Diplomates have secured training contracts and ease their way past the post with the security of having a new firm to join at the end.

Sadly that is not the case for some of the students and tensions rise as successful diploma students walk on eggshells trying not to ‘gloat’ about having a training contract in front of others who do not.
I must say that There have been tears this week for some and emotions are running high with doubts and anxiety.

The release of the civil litigation results have also seen some students melt down as they realise that they now face re-sits as well as the end of term exams.

This week has also been an emotional rollercoaster outside of law for me with my eldest daughter taking ill and having to attend at A&E (thankfully all was resolved very quickly) and my youngest coming down with a sore throat.
Juggling University work , real work in the office and a family is always difficult as a single parent but mid-week I downed tools and attended to my girls (always my first priority).

The end of the week saw me playing catch up in furiously drafting a Note of Appeal as a last piece of course work for Advanced Civil Litigation Class.

Being immersed in a life of family and Law it is very easy to forget about the outside world to some extent but on Friday morning as the news broke of the Earthquake in Japan and the following aftermath , my studies fell to the bottom of my mind and I felt over whelmed by the enormity of the disaster and what the families over there are going through.

The couple of A’s I received this week seemed totally irrelevant in the bigger picture and I found myself giving my two little girls huge hugs and counting my blessings.

My journey through the Diploma in legal Practice at the University of Glasgow is nearly done.

It is now 13 days till end of teaching.( less than 2 weeks to go)

Thankyou for following my journey.

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons)