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MAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE BAR. Mini-pupillages Pupillages BPTC. What Do Barristers Do?. Barristers are independent specialist legal advisers and advocates The majority are self-employed but work together in sets of chambers

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making applications for the bar

MAKING APPLICATIONS FOR THE BAR

Mini-pupillages

Pupillages

BPTC

what do barristers do
What Do Barristers Do?
  • Barristers are independent specialist legal advisers and advocates
  • The majority are self-employed but work together in sets of chambers
  • Others are employed in solicitors’ firms, business and public sector organisations
  • They offer two main services to clients:
    • Advocacy
    • Specialist opinion
some statistics
Some Statistics
  • 15.030 practising barristers
  • 80% of these are self-employed
  • 66% of all practising barristers are men; 34% women; 11% from ethnic minorities
  • Approximately two-thirds of barristers are based in London
how to become a barrister
How to become a barrister
  • Get a good degree (2.1 or above)
  • Get relevant experience
    • Mini-pupillages
    • Other experience that will demonstrate your skills and personality
  • Take the Bar Professional Training Course
  • Gain practical experience (pupillage)
  • Get a tenancy
mini pupillages
Mini-pupillages
  • A form of work-shadowing
  • Usually last one week
  • Available at any stage of your studies and often at any time of year (not just in vacations)
  • They may involve
    • Reading papers
    • Discussing cases
    • Attending Court and meetings
    • Research and drafting

Search for a mini-pupillage at www.lawcareers.net/Barristers/Pupillages

what are selectors looking for
What are selectors looking for?
  • Intellectual ability
  • Outstanding communication skills – written and verbal
  • Motivation
  • Experience and understanding of law and its context
  • Individuality – something to make you stand out from other candidates
intellectual ability
Intellectual ability
  • Exam results are obviously crucial
  • Put them in context: e.g. results achieved in the face of difficulties
  • Highlight any significant prizes or awards you may have received
  • Any other achievements
communication skills
Communication skills

Written

  • Essays and dissertations
  • Any other writing experience – student journalism; publicity for a society or event
  • Your application!

Verbal

  • All kinds of work experience
  • Persuasive skills
motivation understanding of law
Motivation/Understanding of law
  • Bar-related activities, e.g. mooting; debating; Law Clinic; Temple Society!
  • Have you talked to practising barristers? visited Courts, Inns or Chambers? joined an Inn?
  • Are you aware of current issues at the Bar? Do you read the legal press?
  • Have you researched other options in law – especially solicitors?
individuality
Individuality
  • Your application will probably be read by a practising barrister who has to fit recruitment and selection around his/her other work
  • Make your application interesting – make them want to meet you!
  • Anything a bit different/unusual will help you to stand out
  • Work experience and extra-curricular activities can offer good material here
quotes
Quotes

“Most applications for mini-pupillages come from quite young and inexperienced candidates – we mostly have to select on the basis of academic results and anything original or unusual in the application”

“Be concise – a few well-chosen words or sentences, properly spelt and punctuated, are preferable to long rambling essays”

bptc applications
BPTC Applications
  • Open Monday 2 November www.barprofessionaltraining.org.uk
  • Closing date 7th January 2010 (14:00 hours)
  • Sections are likely to include:
    • Choice of 3 BVC providers
    • Personal and educational details
    • Referee details (they will email your referee)
    • Skills (languages and IT skills)
    • SUPPORTING EVIDENCE
supporting evidence
Supporting evidence
  • Mini-pupillages and other Bar-related experience
  • Reasons for choice of career
  • Evidence of intellectual ability
  • Inter-personal skills
  • Advocacy and public speaking
  • Personal organisational skills
pupillage applications
Pupillage applications
  • OLPAS is no more
  • All pupillages are advertised on the Pupillage Portal www.pupillages.com
  • Portal opens for applications in mid-March and closes on 1st May
  • You can apply for pupillages one or two years ahead – usually during final year or in BPTC year
  • Applications may be online (via the Pupillage Portal or direct to Chambers) or by CV
making applications
Making applications
  • Whatever the method - do your research!
  • Put time, care and thought into every application
  • Be accurate – in every respect!
  • “Why us?” “Why should we choose you?”
  • What did you learn?
further information online
Further information - online
  • www.kent.ac.uk/careers/siteslaw.htm
  • www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm
  • www.legaleducation.org.uk
  • www.pupillages.com (includes mini-pupillages)
  • www.lawcareers.net (The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook online)
  • College of Law www.college-of-law.co.uk/a-career-in-law/barrister-skills.html
  • Chambers & Partners www.chambersandpartners.com/uk/
further information print
Further information - print

The Training Contract & Pupillage Handbook

TARGET Law

Pupillages Handbook

The Path to Pupillage

My Brief Career

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Careers Advisory Service

www.kent.ac.uk/careers

Careers Advisers for Law Students:

Canterbury:

Jenny Keaveney

J.A.Keaveney@kent.ac.uk

Medway:

Jenny Walters

J.Walters@kent.ac.uk

 Careers Advisory Service, University of Kent, 2009