Pupillage Fair 2016: The only Fair run by the Bar for the Bar
The Bar Council is committed to improving access to our profession. We want to attract and retain the most talented individuals to safeguard our international reputation for excellence. One of the ways we seek to do this is by providing students at every stage with the information, experience, advice and guidance that they need to reach an informed decision about a career at the Bar and to make the very most of their individual abilities and talents in the application process.
Hosting the Pupillage Fair is a natural next step to our existing student advisory and support services, which are designed to support decision making at the academic, vocational and professional stages of a barrister’s training.
Last year, the Bar Council, in association with the Chancery Bar Association, ran the first Bar Council Pupillage Fair. The aim was to provide a Fair that was accessible to chambers and Authorised Training Organisations (ATOs) from all sectors within the Bar and provide them with the best platform to interact with students looking to take the next step towards their career at the Bar. For those students attending, it provided a diverse mix of chambers and ATOs to discuss next steps as well as a full programme of informative sessions to assist with decisions, application and interviews.
The Bar Council Pupillage Fair provides a great opportunity for any student looking for a career at the Bar to meet chambers and other pupillage providers and find out more about the pupillage recruitment process.
Take time to meet representatives and learn about all aspects of life at the Bar. Even if you have a clear idea of the path you wish to follow, take this opportunity to:
• learn about all areas of the Bar and ask questions of those in the best position to provide advice
• speak to representatives from different Specialist Bar Associations to get an insight into different practice areas
• discuss your options with others who have been through pupillage or those from pupillage committees who can offer advice about the application process, and
• discover more about the Pupillage Gateway, the online application system for pupillage operated by the Bar Council.