TARGETjobs National Pupillage Fair talks programme videos

These sessions provide help and advice for making pupillage applications, choosing an area of law, and plenty more for graduates and aspiring barristers.

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Choosing the right Bar course for you

Speaker: Mark Keith, lead designer at BPP University Law School

Sponsored talk by BPP

Watch this video to find out:

  • The biggest considerations when choosing a course provider
  • How BPP assesses advocacy and the criteria for its barrister training course
  • How to research providers and take your needs into consideration

Funding your career at the Bar

Speaker: Silver Levene LLP – Mason Bloom

Watch this video to find out:

  • Where and how to seek awards and scholarships
  • The different taxes that you need to register for as a barrister
  • What expenses you can write off in practice

Pro bono and volunteering for the Free Representation Unit (FRU)

Speakers: FRU – Heloise Ramage-Hays, employment assistant legal officer; FRU – Nathan Toms, social security assistant legal officer

Watch this video to find out:

  • The training and tests you need to pass to volunteer for FRU
  • What it is like to run your own case as a volunteer
  • The difference between working employment and social security cases for FRU

Commercial law

Speakers: Blackstone Chambers – Ajay Ratan; Keating Chambers – Lucy Garrett QC; One Essex Court – Veena Srirangam

Watch this video to find out:

  • The personality traits that make a successful commercial barrister
  • How to approach a good work/life balance in commercial law
  • The previous experience you need (and sometimes don’t need) to work in this area of practice

Pupillage: what you need to know

Speakers: The Bar Standards Board – Julia Witting, head of supervision

Watch this video to find out:

  • The changes to the pupillage application timetable and process
  • A little on how Covid-19 has affected pupillages
  • A guide to pupillage training

The financial side of family law

Speakers: QEB – Tim Amos QC; Thomas Haggie

Watch this video to find out:

  • More about the commercial aspects of family law
  • The international and intercultural aspects of family law
  • The early responsibility that can be offered to juniors in this specialism of family law

Life at the Bar and skills for pupils

Speakers: City Law School – Alexia Zimbler; Landmark Chambers – Kimberley Ziya

Watch this video to find out:

  • What to do if you don’t get pupillage first time
  • An honest look at life at the Bar from two different perspectives
  • The pros and cons of being self employed

Be yourself at the Bar

Speakers: Keating Chambers – Krista Lee QC; Temple Garden Chambers – Elizabeth Gallagher; Henderson Chambers – Reanne MacKenzie

Watch this video to find out:

  • About the lives of three different people and their journey to the Bar
  • Diversity at the Bar
  • The skills you need to succeed, whatever background you are from

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