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How can PAS help you?

Pupillage Advisory Service (PAS) offers support to you as soon as you accept your place on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and whilst your on the course.

Once you have accepted your place on the BPTC

  • One-to-one pupillage advice sessions with members of the Pupillage advice team (all members of the team are barristers with experience in interviews and pupillage selection)

  • Mock pupillage interviews (20 minute general interviews with feedback)

  • Mock pupillage advocacy exercise and a presentation with feedback

  • Lectures on how to complete and stand out on the Pupillage Gateway Forms

  • Workshops with practising barristers on pupillage committees on how to make an effective application

  • Workshops with practising barristers and Pupillage Committees on what Chambers are looking for at interview

Once you have commenced your BPTC studies

In addition to the support available to you as soon as you have accepted your place, BPTC students can benefit the additional resources throughout their studies:

  • Three pupillage workshops that are run by panels comprised of members of the Bar. Two of the workshops include matters such as how to strengthen applications, researching chambers, and preparing for interviews, all from the perspective of successful applicants, and members of the Bar involved in pupillage selection. The third workshop focuses on giving you an insight into the various experiences/ expectations of the pupillage year, and advice on what to expect when you join chambers.

  • We run a large number of networking events and enrichments sessions with Chambers over the year including Lectures from the authors of 'The Path to Pupillage' - Georgina Wolfe and Alexander Robson.

  • Unlimited advice sessions and mock interviews (subject to availability)

One-to-One Advice

Students are advised to develop their CVs and Gateway forms over the year. The best time to start doing this is straight away. The pupillage advisors will be available to give you structured advice on your applications in one-to-one sessions lasting 30 minutes per session. You can have as many sessions as you would like, as long as there is availability. The advisers can cover matters such as: strengthening your CV, completing pupillage application forms, creating legal CVs, covering letters and general interview techniques. All appointments for pupillage advice are booked through the School Office. You can book a general advice session or you can book a session with an adviser with experience in the practice area that you wish to join.

Mock Interviews

The Pupillage Advice Service offers mock pupillage interviews throughout the year. The interviews are conducted by a Panel and will be tailored to your practice area. You can choose to have an unseen advocacy exercise incorporated into your mock interview, if you wish. You will be filmed so that you can watch your performance and you will receive feedback on your performance and structured advice. All appointments for mock interviews are booked through the School Office and full instructions will be given on preparation.

Pupillage Lectures and Workshops

We run a very comprehensive enrichment program to ensure you are ready to complete your Gateway and non-Gateway Application Forms and perform well in interview. Never underestimate how much work these forms and the interview process require. The lectures and workshops that we run throughout the year will help you 1) Gain valuable knowledge on practice areas and what Chambers are looking for, 2) Develop your skills, and 3) understand what Pupillage Committees are looking for.

Practitioner Workshops

To coincide with the Gateway Timetable - we run two practitioner panel events. The first focuses on how to stand out on your Gateway form and the second on how to perform well in interview. We invite Chambers from a variety of practice areas to talk and answer questions, followed by networking with drinks. In the past year we have had in attendance: 11 Stone Buildings, 5 Essex Court, 2 Temple Gardens, 9-11 Bell Yard, Coram, Garden Court, Breams Buildings, Hardwicke and Lamb Building. There are many other practitioner events throughout the year, for example - our 'Breakfast with…' events, where Chambers host a breakfast meeting with City Students.

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