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The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair

Videos and advice from the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair

Each year the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair brings together aspiring barristers and chambers’ representatives for a day dedicated to pupillage applications.

The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair on 5 November 2016 hosted barristers-to-be, chambers, course providers and other organisations at Gray's Inn, London. Alongside the opportunity to meet people who can help with your career, the fair played host to a popular programme of talks by practising barristers and representatives from FRU and City Law School.

If you missed the fair or you’re just reviewing what you learned on the day in preparation for BPTC or pupillage applications, read the rest of this page to see what helpful hints and tips emerged from the talks programme.

Advice from barristers at the talks programme

All you need to know about the BPTC

Speaker: Professor Peter Hungerford-Welch (The City Law School)

Watch this video to find out:

  • what it’s like to be a student on the BPTC
  • what the BPTC is all about
  • the one thing you MUSTN'T do when submitting your online application
  • some course funding options (watch the video from March 2016 for more on funding your career at the Bar)


How volunteering for FRU can help you launch a career at the Bar


Speaker: Deborah Acquaah (Free Representation Unit)

Watch this video to find out:

  • the benefits to aspiring barristers of volunteering
  • the training you'll receive
  • social security and employment law experience


Employment law


Speakers: Daphne Romney QC (Cloisters); Richard Leiper (11KBW)

Watch this video to find out:

  • what two former chairs of the employment law Bar association have to say about their area of practice since the introduction of employment tribunal fees
  • what employment law covers, example cases, and how to get a feel for this work
  • what the employment barristers find so stimulating about their practice area (and why they know so much about refuse collection and City finance)


Commercial law


Speakers: Lucy Garrett (Keating Chambers); Ashley Cukier (Littleton Chambers); Simon Pritchard (Blackstone Chambers)

Watch this video to find out:

  • the key skills needed for success at the commercial bar
  • why commercial law is intellectually exciting, technical and challenging
  • how a non-law degree background can be a help in your work
  • how barristers achieve a work/life balance (and why they need to)


Family law


Speakers: Hilary Lennox (5 St Andrew’s Hill); Lachlan Wilson (3PB)

Watch this video to find out:

  • what a family barrister does in a busy week
  • what drives a family barrister and which other practice areas might interest you if you are considering family law
  • how you can stand out when applying for pupillage, apart from your grades


Criminal law


Speakers: Edward Connell (5 St Andrew’s Hill); Lucy Organ (6 KBW)

Watch this video to find out:

  • why criminal law is a good area to build advocacy skills and how these can be transferred to other areas of law


That’s all for this year


If you attended, we hope you enjoyed the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair and found the information and advice useful to your future career. For those of you that couldn’t make it, we hope the information on this page and on can help. The fair will return in 2017, stay tuned to TARGETjobs Law for more information. You can also see some pictures and tips from the day on our twitter feed under the hashtag #pupillagefair.