The end of a road, but the beginning of another…

Our first student blog post, all the way back in October 2014, was written by Connor Cartledge. So it seems appropriate that this – the last student blog post of the year – also comes from Connor. In this piece Connor reflects on the work that the students in the Business and Commercial firms have undertaken this academic year.  

Connor Cartledge

It’s that time of the year when the students who have been working diligently within the Student Law Office close their files and…leave. Since September 2014 to April 2015, over 180 students have been working on many queries from members of the public.  In relation to the Business and Commercial firms, we have been dealing with queries ranging from intellectual property issues to issues surrounding policy terms for websites.

Three students, including myself, would like to give a brief overview of the areas that we have been researching in and how we have found this experience.

Emily Walker

How I found the SLO in general:

“A real insight into a career as a Solicitor, a practical experience that cannot be simulated”

The general area I have worked on:

“Intellectual Property, including copyright, trade marks and patents.”

Connor Cartledge

How I found the SLO in general:

“I have really enjoyed working within the SLO. From day one, I was eager to help and assist in running a case. Overall, I have found the experience more beneficial than I first anticipated.”

The general area I have worked on:

“In general, I have worked on areas including franchising, incorporation and the benefits of having employees within a business.”

Eleanor Mulholland

How I found the SLO in general:

“I chose Northumbria really because I wanted to work within the SLO. Since September, I have found it really rewarding. Helping people and their businesses has just been amazing.”

The general area I have worked on:

“Music licences and website requirements”

Overall, students have not only gained an insight into how businesses are performing within the region, but students who first entered the Student Law Office are now leaving knowing that they have helped a business progress! Especially in our times, there is no better feeling!