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Helpful hints & FAQs

Before the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair

Pre-register to fast-track your entry and get to chambers’ stands just that little bit quicker.

Read TARGETjobs Law and explore chambers’ detailed profiles on targetjobs.co.uk/law, before clicking through to the individual websites of the chambers that interest you.

Prepare some focused questions to ask representatives, such as how your career aspirations match the work of the set.

Think about your sales pitch to each set. What attracts you to the set, what can you offer and what experience do you have in their specialist areas?

What to do when you arrive at the pupillage fair

Register, check in and pick up your fair programme and copy of the Pupillages Handbook. If you’ve preregistered you’ll need to bring a copy of your Eventbrite Ticket

Look through the programme to make sure you have time to fit in meeting exhibitors with hearing any talks that interest you.

At the pupillage fair

Treat the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair as a fact-finding mission rather than as a chance to give out your CV. Exhibitors are unlikely to want to collect CVs from everyone interested in pupillage at their chambers.

Use the time to ask focused questions that tell you what you want to know but also create a good impression. Avoid questions about chambers’ areas of practice; you should already know this from your earlier preparation.

Talk to recent pupils as well as members of pupillage committees: pupils and recent tenants are well placed to give you insights into the work and chambers’ culture.

Note the names of any chambers’ representatives who you speak to – mentioning a name when explaining why you want to join the chambers is a nice touch in applications and interviews.

Ditch your pre-conceptions. It’s fine to target sets you would like to join but keep your options open. The most fantastic opportunity for you might come from a set you had never previously considered.

How do I know which chambers, course providers and supporting organisations will be at the fair?

Visit the exhibitor page where you will find an up-to-date list so you can carry out some all-important research before attending

How do I find out about the talks programme?

The TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair hosts a series of talks on careers at the Bar every year. The talks programme is always very popular and spaces are limited so make sure you arrive early. If you don’t manage to see any of the talks do not worry, they will be available online after the fair on our YouTube channel. You do not need to pre-book to attend these talks, just arrive early and look out for signs on the day where these will be held.

The programme will be confirmed nearer the time so keep checking back.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please bring a copy of your confirmation e-mail from Eventbrite.

A pen and a notebook, as this is your chance to get as much information as possible. Be sure to write as much down as you can.

Should I bring my CV?

You are more than welcome to bring copies of your CV along to the fair, but please bear in mind that stand representatives are not there to advise you on layout or content. Watch this space as we may be running a CV workshop on the day!

Will refreshments be available?

There will not be refreshments available at Gray’s Inn; however there are a number of places nearby on Chancery Lane to grab a drink or snack.

What should I wear?

There is no specific dress code, but we would recommend that you dress to impress, after all you could be meeting a future employer at the fair.

Advice and opportunities from the TARGETjobs law team

Visit TARGETjobs Law online and TARGETjobs Law: barristers for more advice on:

  • Your law career choice: Solicitor or barrister?
  • Top tips on getting pupillage: essential applications advice
  • Which practice area is right for you?
  • Conversion courses and BPTC explained
  • New tenants and experienced QCs give you their tips for success
  • Pupillage awards: how much will you be paid?
  • Inns and circuits: what you need to know
  • Compare and contrast different pupillages and how to apply
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