On the 3rd November we were joined by Charlotte Baker from the University of Law for an evening on the dreaded issue of getting pupillage.
Happily, what she had planned for us not quite as stressful as the application process itself.
The evening began with a short presentation. Charlotte told us about her journey to the bar, including founding her charity ‘Not in My Classroom’ – which you can find more about here – which campaigns against forced marriages. We were also told of how it can be usual not to get pupillage first time round and that this should not discourage one from applying. Often, applicants you are competing against can have life experiences for which there is no substitute and the only way to compete is to get some of your own.
Then, we were split into groups to critique real anonymised pupillage applications and select who we would invited for interview. We were explicitly instructed NOT to award based on grades alone. The majority of applicants will be academically sound, if not outstanding, so looking beyond these necessities is essential to differentiate between applicants.
Thank you to everyone who came and may we thank Charlotte for coming and extend our congratulations to her on securing pupillage.