Bar Council Annual Report 2016-17

Aim 2 - Pupillage Fair

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Pupillage Fair

The 2016 Bar Council Pupillage Fair attracted over 50 exhibitors, including Specialist Bar Associations (SBAs), universities and chambers, and was attended by over 600 students. Free to attend, the Fair continues to act as the most popular nexus for students preparing to apply for pupillage and for chambers looking to meet a diverse range of applicants.

With a range of free workshops on offer throughout the day, as well as access to senior and junior practitioners, SBAs, recruiters and training providers, the Bar Council Pupillage Fair provides students with the information, advice and guidance they need to reach an informed decision about a career at the Bar.

As part of the Bar Council’s suite of student advisory and support services, the Fair supports decision-making at the academic, vocational and professional stages of barristers’ training, and gives students the opportunity to:

  • Learn about all areas of the Bar and ask questions of those in the best position to provide advice
  • Take part in a CV clinic with a practising barrister
  • Speak to representatives from the different SBAs
  • Discus options with others who have been through pupillage, and
  • Learn more about the Pupillage Gateway.

Feedback from Chambers

 “We believe that chambers should be promoted to the largest number of students possible.”

“It's an affordable fair which seems to be growing in popularity and is an essential part of our pupillage plan.”

Feedback from chambers

“I loved the CV clinic. It was a fantastic opportunity to have a short one-to-one session and receive feedback on my CV from a practising barrister.”

“The Mature Students session was excellent— it made me feel like coming to the law as a secondary career is not as hopeless as I'd been led to believe. (And that becoming a pupil in my thirties won't be deemed positively ancient!)”

“The funding talk was invaluable. I had not been aware that the Inns provided scholarships and this could be hugely beneficial to me in the future.”

“Pupillage dos and don’ts was great. Good to get it from the perspective of those who have gone through the Gateway recently.”

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Luke Robins-Grace
Senior Communications Adviser 
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