“That Australian who could have done a GDL.”

I’m Amy, and I’m a mature age law student (at July 2017 I have just finished the first year of my LLB).  Before coming to the law, I was working towards a PhD in classical Athenian socio-legal history.  I have also studied criminology and English at university.

Although I come to (modern) law late, I’ve always been interested in the way laws are developed and implemented, and what that might tell us about society.  No matter what I end up doing with my law degree, I hope to better understand this interplay,  and perhaps be involved in it.

On a more personal level, I love learning, and sometimes struggle to contain my enthusiasm.  I volunteer with the elderly in my local community, which I find enormously rewarding.  I have also done a little bit of pro bono work through my university’s clinic, and I am very much looking forward to doing more in the new academic year.  I’m an obsessive about speciality coffee (and all the geekery that comes with that), which I make using an Aeropress.

This blog is about the law and studying the law (particularly, but not exclusively, in England and Wales).  I hope it will become more focused on legal commentary as my knowledge, skills, and confidence develop, and more specialised as I grow into a specialism.

What does “nomoi” mean?

Nomos, plural nomoi, is ancient Greek, meaning not only law, but also custom (and other things besides, but here I mean law and custom).  I seek nomoi because, like many, I feel that learning is a lifelong process, and particularly in a discipline that can move as quickly as the law.  I also feel that it’s important to emphasise that I seek, because, to quote Plato’s version of Socrates, “I know that I know nothing” (and while I do not agree that that makes me the smartest man in Athens, I do think that recognising your limitations is always prudent).

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer, and nothing I say on this blog will ever constitute legal advice.  I am, as noted, aware of the limitations of my knowledge, or at least that such limitations necessarily exist.  This is particularly true given that I have only come to the law relatively recently.  I am open to correction and suggestions.

Comment policy: I moderate every comment manually (you are welcome to say what you like: I do not have to give you a platform if I don’t want to).  I will not publish anything rude or abusive, legally problematic (e.g. if it runs the risk of falling foul of contempt of court), identifying people who have not chosen to be identified etc.  I have the ability to edit comments before they’re published, which I will only do if there’s typo or similar, or to redact information that I do not want published on my site.  That being said, discussion and disagreement are encouraged as long as they’re civilised.


Header image attribution: Scott Sanford History Books