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City Law School student receives Middle Temple Award

Emily Williamson (Third-Year LLB) is selected as one of the winners of the Inn’s Access to the Bar Award scheme.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Emily Williamson, has been selected as one of the winners of The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple’s Access to the Bar Award scheme.

Emily was selected (after application and interview) by her lecturers, Associate Professor Katherine Reece-Thomas and Dr David Seymour to be a City Law School applicant to the scheme.

After being selected as a City Law School applicant, further shortlisting is carried out by the Middle Temple and then candidates are interviewed by a panel of three barrister members of the Inn who select the Award winners.

Emily WilliamsonThe Access to the Bar Award scheme was established to encourage able students from disadvantaged and/or underrepresented backgrounds with the potential to be successful barristers to make a more informed choice about a career at the Bar. The Awardees will have an opportunity to gain practical experience of what the Bar involves; they will become acquainted with practitioners and judges and have the opportunity to ask for informal advice and feedback as to their suitability and set about becoming a barrister, etc.

A week in chambers and a week of marshalling

Emily’s Award will enable her to experience two funded weeks (£250 per week) of work experience during university summer holidays involving a week in a set of barrister’s chambers and a week of marshalling alongside a judge in court.

Great hall at Middle Temple Hall

Photo taken by Tony Hisgett

Emily, a Third Year LLB student, said:

“I applied for the Middle Temple’s Access to the Bar Award, because I believed that if I was successful it would offer me an amazing opportunity to shadow both a barrister and a judge. This is important for me because I work every day when I am not at the University in order to support my studies, which puts me at a disadvantage to other students who are able to have some time off. I am hoping to specialise in Criminal and Employment law because I would like to work directly with the public and make a positive difference in their lives.

Pat Edwards, a Master of the Bench at Middle Temple and chair of Middle Temple's Scholarships and Prizes sub-committee said:

"I congratulate Emily Williamson and all the other students who have received one of the Inn's Access to the Bar Awards this year. Middle Temple is proud of its scheme to give practical experience of the Bar to students from less privileged backgrounds who are under-represented in the profession. In the five years of the scheme's operation, a number of Access Award winners have gone on to be awarded major scholarships and to be called to the Bar, and have moved on to pupillage and beyond."

For further information on the Middle Temple’s Access to the Bar Award scheme please visit this weblink.


A pupillage is the final stage of training to be a barrister and usually lasts one year; in England and Wales the period is made up of two six-month periods (known as "sixes"). The first of these is the non-practising six, during which pupils shadow their pupil supervisor, and the second will be a practising six, when pupils can undertake to supply legal services and exercise rights of audience At the end of the first six months, a pupil needs to have the pupil supervisor sign a certificate confirming satisfactory completion and send it to the Bar Council. The pupil receives a Provisional Qualification Certificate. At the end of the second six months, the pupil's supervisor must certify another document for satisfactory completion and send it to the Bar Council Education and Training Department. The pupil will then receive a Full Qualification Certificate.

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