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Training for the bar from a ‘fresher' prospective

This is a small presentation which goes along with my campaign about training for the bar - from my prospective. I hope you enjoy and find it very useful. Thank you, Vote Emma x

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Training for the bar from a ‘fresher' prospective

  1. 1. By Emma Millard
  2. 2. What is the Bar? Barristers are special advocates who are able to appear in all the UK courts. The institutions surrounding the Bar include:- The Bar Standards Board/Bar Council- Inns of Court- Chambers- Circuits- Specialist Bar Associations
  3. 3. Education and Training In order to qualify for the bar you must first obtain a qualifying law degree (the LLB) or a degree in another subject followed by the CPE (common professional exam) or GDL (graduate diploma in law). Your law degree must include the modules required by the BSB. The traditional requirement to go further in a career as a bar is traditionally a 2:1.
  4. 4. Education and Training After the academic stage in training there is the vocational stage also known as BPTC year. There are many BPTC institutions across the UK the closest to us is the BPP in Leeds. Costs of the BPTC year are extensive, the bar isn’t as well funded compared to the training contracts offered to trainee solicitors.
  5. 5. Scholarships The inn’s of courts provide between them provide £4 million worth of scholarships each BPTC year. Do not delay Scholarship applications as the deadline is within the first few weeks of third year. (Seems a long time away but how fast as this year gone). The course providers also provide scholarships although the inn’s are highly recommended.
  6. 6. Pupillage Pupillage is spilt into two six month periods. During the first 6 the pupil will shadow a barrister, observing and assisting the barrister and other barristers within the chambers. In the second 6 the pupil is allowed to work their own cases more independently often appearing in court. Pupillages are hard to come-by, it’s not good to kid yourself but if you really want to go for it then work hard!
  7. 7. Work Experience and Probono In order to develop those important applications skills and experiences need to be shown. There are some opportunities available which will enhance your CV.- Mini-Pupillage- Marshalling- Mooting- Mock Trails- Career excursions (dinners and trips) It is also important to have interests outside the law as this gives you something else to speak about in interviews.
  8. 8. Thank you, Good luck! 

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