City Law School alumni secure tenancies at leading chambers
As The City Law School welcomes students for the new academic year, two graduates of last year's Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) have been describing their joy at being offered tenancies with their chosen Chambers. Sophie Wellings will join the leading family set Queen Elizabeth Building, while Sophie Weber has accepted a tenancy at top commercial set, One Essex Court.
Sophie Wellings studied History at University College London before joining The City Law School to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). She decided to continue her legal education at City, enrolling on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC ) and securing the Lord Justice Holker Scholarship (Gray's Inn) for 2011-2012. Sophie was offered a pupillage and now a tenancy by Queen Elizabeth Building.
"I didn't know I could be a barrister until I went to City Law School and was really taught the founding skills necessary. Being able to think on your feet is one thing, but you have to have the goods to back it up. I felt really supported at City Law School and have kept in touch with several tutors, who share in my success. To anyone who wants to be a barrister, it is a hard slog just to get into the race but the pay back is immeasurable."
Sophie Weber achieved a first class degree in English and French Law before attending the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) to complete the Bachelor of Civil Law with distinction. After undertaking an MPhil in Oxford, Sophie obtained a Queen Mother Scholarship from Middle Temple. Having already been offered a pupillage with top commercial set, One Essex Court, Sophie completed the BPTC at The City Law School with a classification of Outstanding. Sophie has now accepted a tenancy at One Essex Court.
"I have truly enjoyed my pupillage, despite it being quite a challenging and stressful year, and I have found all of my supervisors, as well as the rest of Chambers, to be extremely supportive. It turns out that there is nothing that can fully prepare you for pupillage. However, with hindsight, I am grateful that I learnt the basics of drafting statements of case and skeletons during the BPTC as this has helped me tackle those tasks during the course of the last ten months. The BPTC also taught me to find my way around the White Book and made me aware of potential ethical issues."
Read more about what it takes to secure a tenancy on the City Law School's Lawbore blog.