The legal extra curricular activity that will genuinely make you stand out – the Model United Nations

Whether you’ve just started your LLB  or conversion GDL or are already a couple of years in to that LLB, you may have picked up the nagging suspicion that securing that 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree or distinction in your GDL is not going to be enough in today’s competitive legal recruitment market. And you’d be right. In fact you can read some articles here, here and here that directly address the issue of the role extra curricular activities (e.g. activities other than your course of study or work experience) can play in making you an attractive candidate to that Firm, Set of Chambers, in house Law function or Public Sector body.

It’s at this point I’d like to draw your attention to a one off opportunity that might fit neatly into your busy schedule and will allow you to demonstrate some of the essential skills required of a lawyer. It’s called the Model United Nations and there is one taking place in Reading from Friday through to Sunday, November 27th to 29th.

What is the Model United Nations? It’s an academic simulation of the United Nations that aims to educate participants about civics, current events, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. In standard Model UN, students take on roles as diplomats and participate in a simulated session of an intergovernmental organization (IGO). Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and then develop solutions to world problems. More recently, simulation of other deliberative bodies, such as the United States National Security Council, has been included in Model United Nations, even if they are completely unrelated to the UN or international affairs as a whole.

During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills can include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing.

Delegate Registration is open now.

David Gilchrist

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