Archive for November, 2005

Becoming a Lawyer: Rites of Passage

Thursday, November 24th, 2005 at 22:23

Tonight I watched a friend of mine be called to the bar. He became a barrister. The ceremony had touching moments and was held in the perfect setting, the Temple Church in the Temple in London. If you’ve read the Da Vinci Code, you will know of this church and its associations with the (murky) […]

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The Art of Case Management

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 15:46

I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog–Problems with Legal Aid in the UK and Elsewhere on 10 October–that the rising cost of legal aid is causing problems to governments who are trying to contain costs. In our research one element that is causing interest is case management, that is where judges control the life course of […]

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The Curse of the Semi-Structured Interview

Friday, November 18th, 2005 at 13:36

Quite a lot of my time recently has been taken up by reviewing. Most of the activity is reviewing research grant applications for one of the research councils in the UK, but other research bodies also ask me for reviews. I like reviewing. It’s good to see what is being done out there in the […]

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How Do You Show What You Know?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 07:46

I have been surrounded by bibliographies today. These lists of books, articles and the other desiderata of academic writing are how we indicate to others that we know how to do research. They indicate the sources of our knowledge and tell of how we arrived at our present positions. Although they are important, they are […]

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