Members of Lincoln House Chambers have been delighted to provide support to BPP Law School in their recent online BTC Employability week. sessions were provided specifically for their Manchester & Leeds Bar students to help gain an insight into life at the Bar. As part of our close relationship with BPP Law School, and in an effort to provide students with some guidance during a period where obtaining experience is extremely difficult. Chambers assisted with several of the sessions.
On Monday 18th January, Director of Clerking David Wright provided a talk on the“Relationship between a Pupil and Clerks”. Whilst the session was principally intended to help the students understand the relationships within a typical Chambers, it also allowed for an interactive question and answer session in which the students were able to seek guidance surrounding the business side of practice. BPP Programme Leader Elizabeth Roberts commented that David’s sessions were always hugely informative and “brought the subject to life”.
Ellen Shaw sat on the panel of speakers for the session on Thursday 21st January dealing with Criminal Law Practice. As a busy Criminal Practitioner, Ellen was able to share with the BPP Law students her knowledge, advice and experiences from her journey through the pupillage process through to obtaining tenancy and developing a practice (Ellen having once been a BPP student).
The final session was suggested and developed by Chambers specifically in appreciation of the difficulties students have faced over the last year in obtaining experience of life at the bar. The session was provide by Rachel Cooper, Anam Khan, Richard English, Joe Alman, Ellen Shaw & Victoria Lewis and was designed to provide students with an insight into a range of themes including:
- What is involved in a Mini Pupillage (pre-pandemic times)
- What is expected of a Mini Pupil and how to stand out
- How to showcase completed Mini Pupillages on your CV
- How to demonstrate transferable skills from non-legal work experience to the bar
- Hints and tips to expand your network of contacts
- How to improve your confidence and advocacy skills
- Chambers will also provide an insight into their Mini Pupillage programme and what they look for in applicants for Pupillage
Lincoln House Chambers are committed to the development of the future of the Bar and would like to thank the BPP Law School for the opportunity.