Legal academic Elaine Campbell has her blog judged for top award
SOLICITOR tutor Elaine Campbell has been shortlisted in the Education category at the UK Blog Awards, just a year after launching alawuntoherself.com which combines academia and law.
Elaine currently supervises final year law students at the Northumbria Law School who advise members of the public on business start-ups, drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, intellectual property disputes, trade mark registrations, e-commerce, and data protection and privacy issues, free of charge.
The Student Law Office has managed more than 3,000 enquiries, represented more than 1,000 clients and secured almost £1 million on their behalf since starting in 2008.
“I also try to provide a source of support for other academics, drawing on my own personal experiences of publishing articles and reassuring people that, although it’s hard work, you can achieve anything you set your mind to.”
Having worked at the Law School, which has a national and international reputation for excellence in legal education, for six years Elaine’s knowledge and experience within the industry is set to propel her blog to the next level.
She found out this weekend that she has been shorlisted in the ‘Education’ category in the prestigious UK Blog Awards and is looking forward to attending the glitzy ceremony in April.
Elaine started her blog to demystify the worlds of business law clinics and academic, writing posts from getting articles in higher education published, to how to become involved in Academic Writing Month.
“Traditionally, law clinics have focussed on legal areas affecting the individual, such as housing and criminal law and there is a plethora of articles and books written about them yet business law clinics are much rarer, and are hardly mentioned,” she said.
“By blogging about how topics such as how to enhance your clinical teaching using TV shows and how learning through doing can engage our students in all manner of ways, I hope to shed light on an area which has had little attention before now.
“I also try to provide a source of support for other academics, drawing on my own personal experiences of publishing articles and reassuring people that, although it’s hard work, you can achieve anything you set your mind to,” explained Elaine, a practising solicitor with 10 years experience who is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
“The next steps for alawuntoherself.com are really exciting and I’m thinking about adding more video content to the blog, to help connect even better with other writers,” Elaine added.
“The best thing is the level of engagement that you have with academics and students across the world, so to carry on with building a sense of real community would be great.”
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