With the occasion of celebrating 800 years from the signing of “Magna Carta” the scholarship “Magna Carta” was launched in the conference “Rule of Law and Magna Carta”. The scholarship was awarded to the Romanian law students and was supported by the law firm STOICA & Asociaţii.
In 2015 the scholarship was granted to Lorena Dincă, the best student of the Law Faculty from the Craiova University. She will spend one month in London in an internship organised at the „Inner Temple ” English Bar. You can read below her testimonial regarding this internship:
“Just prior to my departure to London, a well-devised itinerary was presented to me, having thus the possibility to organise my schedule, depending upon the activities I was supposed to carry out there.
Hence, during the first week I attended the course “Storytelling and improvisation skills for lawyers”, part of the curricula for trainee-lawyers. Moreover, I did a one-day internship with Clyde & Co law firm and a two – day internship with Allen & Overy law firm, having the opportunity to observe how the daily work of a transactional lawyer looks like. It was an exciting experience, taking into consideration my previous practice as a business lawyer.
I spent my next week at the Royal Courts of Justice, alongside various pleading lawyers, members of the Inner Temple, dealing with various cases, from business-law to administrative lawsuits. It was my first ever contact with the English Courts, and I was surprised at the way in which the judging is carried out. By that I mean, particularly, the dialogue in the hearing between the barrister and the judge, with the case’s details being debated in depth, analysed and discussed contentiously. During my last week at the Inner Temple I changed sides, in the sense that I observed how the judge from the Anglo-Saxon system works.
At the Criminal Court -Southwark Crown Court – I followed the activities of Judge Mr Alistar McCreath, the Head of the Court, as well as of Mr Akhlaq Choudhury, part-time judge.
The criminal cases caught my attention the most, as I had a glimpse into how the jury-system actually works, by attending the proceedings of a robbery case, from the first until the last day. Despite having appreciated the benefits of this system, like the expedience of the trial, I must admit I find it perfectible.
I spent than one day at the Court of Appeal, trying to determine the situations and the conditions under which an appeal is being held admissible within a jurisdiction of common law. One of the cases I attended was an infanticide (domestic violence according to the Criminal Code), where the appeal was rejected, and the 6 year prison sentence upheld. The last two days of this experience took place at the King’s College, where I took part in a course of legal sociology, as well as at the Annual Conference of European Law.
Apart from these academic activities, I was invited to a pleading lawyers’ graduation ceremony, of freshly appointed members to the Inner Temple, a highly lofty and emotionally charged occasion. Once in London, it occurred to me that the Inner Temple is like a family that takes care of its members.
I am fully convinced that this memorable experience shall prove helpful for the career I am striving to build up, particularly since, after noticing the differences between the two legal systems, the Anglo-Saxon and the civil law system, I could identify both the strengths and the vulnerabilities of the judicial process, information I will capitalize in my career as a pleading lawyer.”