targetjobs National Pupillage Fair talks programme videos

21 Jun 2023, 15:39

The targetjobs National Pupillage Fair 2022 was hosted live at Lincoln's Inn, providing an opportunity for law graduates, non-law graduates, Bar course students and soon-to-be pupils to meet barristers and chambers representatives in person.

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The targetjobs National Pupillage Fair 2022 talks programme aims to provide law and non-law graduates who wish to be barristers with a wide selection of tips, advice and insights about the legal profession. This year, the programme covered everything from starting out and funding your career to practising advocacy and finally landing a pupillage. If you missed the talks programme in person, catch up with our YouTube recordings below

My path to the Bar through The University of Law

Speaker: Evie Smith, future pupil programme coordinator at The University of Law

This talk was provided byThe University of Law as part of their overall sponsorship of the fair.

Watch this video to find out:

  • Insider tips on choosing a course provider
  • Considerations for the selection process
  • Practical tips on applying for the course, getting work experience and moving your Bar career forwards.

Funding your career at the Bar

Speaker: Jackie Streat, partner at Silver Levene LLP

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 pupil and as a barrister
  • Invaluable advice about using the Inns of Court.

How to land a pupillage

Speaker: Clare Wardell, barrister and head of faculty at BPP University Law School

Watch this video to find out:

  • Insights from an experienced criminal barrister on applying to the Bar
  • More about the mentoring, mooting, mock interviews and mettle needed to obtain pupillage
  • How to research chambers and how to tackle legal problems at interview.

Family law

Speakers: Queen Elizabeth Building, Alex Hampton; 3PB, Mark Calway

Watch this video to find out:

  • The differences between two types of family law practice
  • What it’s like to be a relatively new junior at the family Bar and how it compares after you've been there 30 years
  • Candid accounts of what it takes to be a family barrister (personally and professionally).

An introduction to advocacy

Speaker: Christopher Kessling, vice-dean at the Inns of Court College of Advocacy

Watch this video to find out:

  • How to begin preparing to practise advocacy
  • The hallmarks of good advocacy, both written and spoken
  • How to tame your nerves and keep your cool when speaking.

Commercial law

Speakers: Keating Chambers, Charlie Thompson; Blackstone Chambers, Carmine Conte; XXIV Old Buildings, Adam Cloherty

Watch this video to find out:

  • What life can be like as a commercial barrister and the work/life balance
  • The types of people you’ll meet and cases you’ll undertake in different areas of practice
  • Three different perspectives on coming to the commercial Bar.

Be yourself at the Bar: diversity and perspectives on life as a barrister

Speakers: Keating Chambers, Harriet Di Francesco; 3PB, Cheryl Jones; Landmark Chambers, Fiona Scolding KC

Watch this video to find out:

  • Perspectives from three women at the Bar at different stages of their career and from different areas of commercial practice
  • Support networks and how different chambers adjust the support they offer based on individual needs
  • How the Bar has changed over time and how it affects your applications for pupillage and working life.

Volunteering for the Free Representation Unit

Speakers: Daniel Hallstrom, assistant legal officer at the FRU

Watch this video to find out:

  • More about the work that FRU does and how aspiring barristers can get involved
  • The commitment you need to make and training you receive as a volunteer
  • The difference between working employment and social security cases for FRU.

You can find out more about pupillages by browsing barristers chambers on targetjobs .

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