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TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair 2017

TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair November 2017 talks programme videos

Each year TARGETjobs Law hosts an educative talks programme by barristers and bar-related organisations as part of the National Pupillage Fair. See videos of the talks below.

The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair on 25 November 2017 was one of the largest (and best) pupillage fairs that we have run so far. Prospective pupillage candidates attended the fair to find out more about sets of chambers from around the country and to meet the organisations that are essential for a successful career at the Bar. We can’t give you the chance to meet and talk to so many sets of chambers until 2018, but we can show you what you might have missed from the fair talks programme.

Below, you’ll find videos on everything, including how to handle yourself at pupillage interview, volunteer for the Free Representation Unit and what it’s like to work as a barrister in different areas of law.

Advice from the talks programme

Prepare for and perform at interview

Speaker: BPP University Law School − James Welsh

Watch this video to find out:

  • Why each interview panel is different
  • More about the adversarial nature of the Bar and how you can use that at interview
  • Why it’s important to be honest at interview


Funding your career at the Bar

Speaker: Silver Levene LLP − Mason Bloom

Watch this video to find out:

  • How many different taxes you need to pay as a junior barrister
  • The criteria required to apply for funding from the Inns of Court
  • What you can write off as a tax expense


Commercial law

Speakers: Fountain Court Chambers – Rosalind Phelps QC; Henderson Chambers – Rachel Tandy; Keating Chambers – Peter Brogden

Watch this video to find out:

  • Why barristers really choose to go into commercial law (it’s not what you think)
  • How much court time you are likely to see in commercial law
  • What are the lifestyle implications of commercial law
  • How to choose a commercial specialism


The future of Bar training

Speakers: The Bar Standards Board – Oliver May and Jake Armes

Watch this video to find out:

  • What is changing about the way that the BPTC and pupillage will be conducted
  • How you can speak to the Bar Standards Board directly about the matter


Volunteering for the Free Representation Unit (FRU)

Speaker: FRU – Verity Bell

Watch this video to find out:

  • Why FRU is essential to the UK legal system and how you can help
  • What might be in store for FRU in future and what they offer law and GDL students in return for their help.


Mixed areas of practice

Speakers: St John’s Chambers – Julia Belyavin; Crown Office Chambers – Adam Taylor; Blackstone Chambers – Simon Pritchard

Watch this video to find out:

  • The different skill sets are required for different types of practice
  • Why different sets of chambers have different ethos and how it can affect your practice
  • The most important question to answer well on your pupillage application


Criminal law and family law

Speakers: 5 St Andrew's Hill – Hilary Lennox; Goldsmith Chambers – Marie de Redman

Watch this video to find out:

  • Whether criminal law really is as hard for juniors as you think
  • The types of client you have to deal with in criminal and family law
  • How you can make yourself more attractive to criminal and family sets


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