Career events and schemes

 

Career days

The Bar Council organises annual career days aimed at Year 12 students who are interested in learning about studying law at university and a career at the Bar. 

The event includes sessions focused on:

  • Studying law at university

  • Pathways into a career as a barrister

  • The working life of a barrister

  • Interesting cases/current issues/developments in law

  • Case study in law, and

  • A question and answer session.

These events are aimed at students from state schools and colleges.

Students must be:

  • Interested in studying law at university, or a career in law

  • Attending a state school or college, and

  • In Year 12, but will consider otheryears if there is space.

All of the barristers involved in speaking at these events practise in England and Wales.

For more information, please email to Careers@BarCouncil.org.uk  or telephone 020 7611 1352.

The Bar Council, the Law Society and CILEX collaborate with an organisation called Inspiring Futures to arrange biannual careers events, held in the north and south of England. These day long events are each attended by between 60 and 100 state school and college students, and are focused on providing clear and practical information on the abilities and training required for entry to the profession.

Law fairs

The Bar Council and the Inns of Court attend the majority of law fairs in England and Wales, providing information and guidance on becoming a barrister. Whenever possible, members of regional chambers also attend law fairs, so that students have the opportunity to meet practising barristers.

A list of law fairs which the Bar Council will be attending in 2016 will be available below in July 2016.

For more information, please email to Careers@BarCouncil.org.uk  or telephone 020 7611 1352.

 

Bar Placement Weeks

 Are you:

  • In Year 12?
  • In possession of at least five A grades at GCSE?
  • Expecting to achieve at least ABB at A Level?
  • Have you been eligible for Free School Meals OR are you the first generation in your family to attend university (having attended a school where 30% of its students are eligible for Free School Meals)?
  • Interested in finding out more about a career as a barrister?

If you meet the above criteria, then this would be a work experience opportunity you would not want to miss.


London

Working with the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF), the Bar Council aims to give selected sixth-form state-school students from throughout England and Wales an introduction to the Bar through an annual week long placement scheme, which will be held in London.

The scheme includes introductory talks and networking sessions at one of the four Inns of Court, followed by a three-day placement in a barristers' chambers. The students will also spend a morning at the Supreme Court or Royal Courts of Justice and take part in an advocacy training workshops run by The Advocacy Training Council.

To end the week the students and Barristers' will be invited to a reception hosted by the Chairman of the Bar Council.


Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester

Running in conjunction with the Pathways to Law schemes at the Universities of Leeds and Manchester, the week will see young people spending a week with a barrister in chambers and court, as well as undertaking advocacy training run by the Advocacy Training Council. Student's will get the opportunity to take part in an interactive interview skills session and also an essay competition, where prizes can be won for the most interesting and entertaining account of their week.

The expansion of Bar Placement Week to Birmingham (which ran for the first time in July 2013), Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester was a key priority for the Bar Council’s social mobility strategy.


Birmingham

The Bar Council has been running Bar Placement Week for the past seven years, collaborating with The Social Mobility Foundation (London) and Pathways to Law (Leeds and Manchester). The scheme expanded to Birmingham in July 2013 and has been a great success ever since. Bar Placement Week is a great opportunity for students who have a genuine interest in a career at the Bar.

For more information regarding Bar Placement Week Birmingham, please email to Careers@BarCouncil.org.uk  or telephone 020 7611 1352.

The scheme includes introductory talks and networking sessions at one of the four Inns of Court, followed by a three-day placement in a barristers' chambers. The students will also spend a morning at the Supreme Court or Royal Courts of Justice and take part in an advocacy training workshops run by The Advocacy Training Council.

To end the week the students and Barristers' will be invited to a reception hosted by the Chairman of the Bar Council.

 

Pupillage Fair

The Bar Council Pupillage Fair

The Bar Council hosts an annual Pupillage Fair, providing a key opportunity for all students looking to further their career at the Bar to meet chambers and other organisations offering information and opportunities.

This is the only pupillage fair that is run by the Bar to ensure it is fully representative of the Bar. For full information, please  click here .

Previous Pupillage Fairs:

Saturday 21 November 2015, Lincoln's Inn, London

Middle Temple’s Access to the Bar Award

Middle Temple has established its Middle Temple Access to the Bar Award, which involves one week’s marshalling and one week’s mini-pupillage for undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds, providing them with funding for those two weeks.  University departments are invited to nominate one candidate each, with about a dozen being shortlisted for interview by the Inn.  The scheme will provide for eight placements per year in future.

Middle Temple also participates in the Social Mobility Foundation’s work to assist access to the Bar.  The programme works with disadvantaged sixth-formers to show them the benefits and challenges involved in a career at the Bar and how to go about joining the profession.  It is important that young people know the requirements for entry and the opportunities open to them to gain scholarships once they have embarked on their qualifying law degree or a post-graduate diploma in law.

For more information click here: http://www.middletemple.org.uk/members/special-interest-groups/access-to-the-bar

Pegasus Access and Support Scheme

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, in association with participating Chambers, launched a scheme in March 2012 to ensure that all students with the capability and determination to pursue a career at the Bar have the opportunity to undertake work experience (known as 'mini-pupillages') in barristers' chambers, regardless of their background or personal networks.

For more information click here: http://www.pegasus.me/

E-Mentoring Scheme

    How the e-mentoring scheme works   ½  Application forms and guidance

                                Volunteer as a mentor     ½    Become a mentee 

 
The Bar Mentoring Service (Scheme 2) is designed for Year 12, 13 and First-year undergraduate students. The Scheme is intended to support students from non-traditional backgrounds who are interested in pursuing a career at the Bar. 

All mentoring communications are via an online platform, which can be accessed via www.barmentoring.org.uk , giving participating barristers and students the flexibility and convenience, whilst ensuring it is through a safe platform.  

After a successful pilot, the e-Mentoring scheme will be relaunched to co-incide with Bar Placement Week; 4-8 July 2016. Deadline for applications are 1 August 2016. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for students, please complete an application form online at www.barmentoring.org.uk .

If you are a Year 12, 13 or a first-year Undergraduate student who meets the eligibility criteria, and would like to be mentored, please complete an application form online atwww.barmentoring.org.uk 

For further details about the scheme, please feel free to contact the Bar Mentoring Service directly via email on Mentoring@BarCouncil.org.uk

"It was a very helpful experience, and allowed me to gain valuable insight from an experienced lawyer; my mentor was able to provide me with a lot of support and guidance, answering any queries I had regarding the legal profession and also providing me with beneficial tips to improve my personal statement for my UCAS application.

Thank you for your help. Hopefully my application for this year will be successful, and I will be able to pursue e-mentoring further." e-Mentee from 2015-2016 Pilot