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TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair March 2016 videos, help and advice

The first of two TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fairs this year provided useful information and tips for aspiring barristers. If you missed any of it, take a look at the videos below.

The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2016 took place at the Law Society on Chancery Lane in the heart of legal London. Around 1,400 aspiring barristers registered to meet around 40 chambers, course providers and other organisations. The fair plays host to a popular programme of talks by practising barristers.

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 and CV clinic.

Advice from the talks programme

BPTC applications, money & getting experience

Speakers: Jacqueline Cheltenham (The University of Law), Mason Bloom & Peter Grossmark (Silver Levene), Rebecca Morgan (Lawyer In The Making).

Watch this video to find out:

  • what course providers look for in an applicant
  • how many mini-pupillages you need to make it
  • different types of work experience and advocacy

The BPTC course & content

Speakers: Ciar McAndrew (BPP Law School), Professor Stuart Sime (City Law School).

Watch this video to find out:

  • what your BPTC application involves
  • how a current BPTC student chose her BPTC provider
  • how to study effectively when you’re doing your BPTC

Public law

Speakers: Rupert Paines (11 KBW), Catriona Hodge (5 Essex Court), Charles Streeten (Francis Taylor Building), Eleanor Mitchell (Matrix Chambers).

Watch this video to find out:

  • why you shouldn’t ‘wing it’ at a pupillage interview
  • different areas of public law that might interest you
  • how to narrow down your choices of chambers

Employment law

Speakers: Jonathan Dixey (5 Essex Court), Tom Brown (Cloisters).

Watch this video to find out:

  • the perks of being your own boss
  • why pupils in employment law sometimes progress early
  • what key skills are needed for employment law
  • which other area of law employment has most in common with

Common law

Claire Palmer (5 Essex Court), Dr Anton van Dellen (Goldsmith Chambers), Charlotte Hadfield (3PB).

Watch this video to find out:

  • how to fit in a social life while practising common law
  • the personal qualities needed for practising in this area
  • why being a barrister can be a ‘rough lifestyle choice’

Commercial law

Speakers: Adam Baradon (Blackstone Chambers), Justin Mort QC (Keating Chambers), Hugh Saunders (3PB).

Watch this video to find out:

  • about the relationship between barristers and solicitors
  • the lifestyle implications of the commercial bar
  • why contract law is important

Family law

Speakers: Jaqueline Julyan SC (5 St Andrew’s Hill), Sara Granshaw (Harcourt Chambers), Thomas Dance (1 King’s Bench Walk).

Watch this video to find out:

  • what types of case a family law barrister takes on
  • why family barristers need a wide breadth of knowledge as well as other personal qualities
  • a junior barrister’s experiences of the family bar
  • pupillage application tips from a chair of a pupillage committee at a family law set

Criminal law

Speakers: Andrew Fitch-Holland (Goldsmith Chambers), Ben Burge (5 St Andrew’s Hill).

Watch this video to find out:

  • why the criminal bar is not for the ‘lone wolf’
  • why cashflow isn’t necessarily the problem you think it is
  • more about the relationship between defence and prosecution and the level of trust between barristers