Hero lecturer speaks truth about Heriot Watt
And you though it was just Napier we made fun of
In a family law lecture today at 12pm, a guest lecturer told first years that although Heriot Watt students needed a visual aid, those at Edinburgh didn’t.
Solicitor John Fotheringham was using a guitar metaphor to explain that just because you know the parts of something really well, it doesn’t mean you know how to do it.
Fotheringham, who also lectures at Glasgow, explained how knowing the strings and fret board of a guitar doesn’t necessarily make you a good guitarist, just as knowing cases and laws really well doesn’t make you a good lawyer.
He explained that he thought the Edinburgh students didn’t need the visual aid Heriot Watt students did – a picture of a guitar.
Law student Katie, 18, said:
“It was absolutely hilarious. When he mentioned Heriot Watt, I was sitting trying to think of a joke but he beat me to it.”
Joker John was on top form at other points in the lecture, describing a pre-nuptial agreement a “romantic as a pair of beige socks”.
He also described a case where a man with multiple sclerosis wheeled himself to a solicitor’s with “the strength of a seasoned paralympian.”