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Updated every Thursday morning, we give you the essential information you need to keep on top of your applications and raise your commercial awareness for interviews or meetings with law recruiters. We’ve also added some other titbits of information that might interest you.

8–15 December: pupillage application season, TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair videos, the Inside Buzz on law firms, our Undergraduate of the Year competition, Supreme Court vids, tobacco packets and Bar training tidings

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Pupillage application season is just a month away!

Before you even have a chance to form a New Year’s resolution, pupillage application season will be in full swing. For 2017, the Pupillage Gateway will open on 9 January and close on 7 February. Adverts are available to view now and online practice application forms are available. Make sure you’re ready in good time so that you can enjoy the festive season. If you need a hand filling in the forms or getting your ideas straight, we have a host of articles in our Bar advice section on You may also want to take a look at our five things you need to know about filling in a pupillage application form.

Pupillage deadlines in one place

Don’t miss out on your chance to secure a pupillage starting in 2018. Many chambers follow the Pupillage Gateway, but you need to be ready for the exceptions: mainly the bigger commercial and chancery sets, which close their application process in early January. Stay on top of your deadlines with our Pupillage application deadlines page on TARGETjobs Law barristers.

TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair videos and advice

If you’re an aspiring barrister or chambers representative and you missed out on the chance to attend the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair on 5 November you can still catch up with the latest news and views from the day. There’s a special page dedicated to the videos and a summary of the advice and helpful hints from the day. It’s also useful if you want to review what you learned on the day in preparation for BPTC or pupillage applications. The fair will return in 2017; keep an eye on the TARGETjobs Law homepage and follow our Twitter feed to keep up to date.

What you MUST know:

Prove yourself and win a placement

There’s still time to enter the Undergraduate of the Year Awards and in doing so you could win internships, places on graduate schemes, iPads, director lunches and international trips. You don’t have to be a law student, or considering a law career to enter one of the 12 different sectors. The others include IT, engineering, marketing, mathematics, business and management. The prestigious awards ceremony will take place in April with the ten best students from each category invited to join a host of employers, recruiters and sponsors in Canary Wharf. You have nothing to lose but a little of your time, so why not apply?

Closing date for applications is 30 January 2017, but make sure you start early! Find out more at

Fun firm facts

Trainees tell all to our Inside Buzz experts in the latest edition of the TARGETjobs Law publication. Along with all the advice you need to kick start your law career, find out what Barack Obama has to do with one firm, who has a great cake trolley and more law firm fun. Click the headline to see our fun facts in the online copy of TARGETjobs Law.


Listen to the Supremes

You would need to have been living under a rock to be ignorant of the ‘Brexit appeal’ case being heard at the Supreme Court this week. Eleven Supreme Court justices are hearing the government’s appeal of a High Court ruling that Article 50 cannot be triggered without parliament’s consent.

The Supreme Court is one of the only places in the UK where proceedings can be recorded on camera, which has made the event more of a spectacle than it might otherwise be. Aspiring lawyers must note that this is a rare opportunity to watch some of the land’s leading advocates strut their stuff before the court. Lord Pannick in particular has been in the spotlight, not solely for his solid legal argument, but also, in the words of The Guardian, because: ‘Pannick exudes a sense of calm and has the uncanny ability to make you think you understand legal doublespeak even when you don’t.’

Click the story headline to see the page from the Supreme Court, which includes live links to the hearing and links to videos of the last few days. The process wraps up on Thursday

Plain old cigarettes

The tobacco industry has lost its appeal against ‘plain packaging’, which the UK government plans to introduce for all tobacco products in future. Three firms appealed the original decision made on a challenge earlier in the year: British American Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International and Imperial Tobacco.

The ruling means that the UK will be the first country in Europe to sell cigarettes in non-descript, standardised packaging. The move hopes to curb smoking rates and prevent young people from taking up the habit.

Click the story headline to read more from the BBC.

Of interest:

Bar Council sets sights on students

The Bar Council has suggested that change may be in the air for BPTC students in future. In conjunction with the Council of the Inns of Court, the professional body has proposed that the Bar professional training course (BPTC) that is required by anyone wishing to undertake pupillage, could be split into two parts. This should reduce the costs for students and lower the amount of time and money expended by those unsuited to the profession. The announcement runs close to the Bar Standards Board’s (BSB) own consultation on Bar training, which has suggested a number of options to reform Bar training, including the possibility of combining the BPTC with either pupillage or a law degree, or other possible qualification methods.

The BSB’s consultation will be running until the end of January. The above proposals are merely proposals at the moment, and there is no set plan for an immediate change to Bar training. The Bar Council has also recently allowed student membership – students can pay £24 per year to receive updates, and even invitations and commercial perks from the professional body.

Click the story headline to read more from Legal Futures.

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