During the past year the light at the end of the tunnel grew so dim on occasions that I could barely make out its glow. There were times when I considered abandoning my quest altogether and settling for a life in another field, writes BPTC graduate OccupyTheInns.
At other junctures, I thought about plotting different paths to my goal. Indeed I was on the verge of crossing the Atlantic to study further in the US before something rather wonderful happened.
I am delighted to inform you that I have obtained pupillage.
Words simply cannot describe how I felt when I received the email from chambers confirming what Pupillage Portal had already told me, but I had been almost too fearful to believe. There was excitement, adrenalin, but most of all relief as I dropped to my knees and, I am not ashamed to admit, shed a private tear.
A week on, and still nursing a hangover from what has been a long (and, without wanting to sound immodest, deserved) celebration, I would like to thank a number of people. Skinner, Big P, Rich, OL and especially Little Bear, you know who you are. To my family, also, I shall be forever grateful.
The question now turns to what on earth I do for the next year as I wait for my pupillage (at an excellent chambers in its field) to commence in autumn 2013. I have written previously of my love of travel and learning foreign languages, and I hope to find plenty of time to do this. I am also keen to further assist in the Occupy movement, perhaps internationally, and I can assure you that obtaining pupillage won’t change my anti-establishment views.
Nevertheless, I accept that the best way to change the world is often from within. It is on that basis that I am exceptionally pleased to be able to, in one sense at least, occupy the Inns of Court.
OccupyTheInns graduated from the BPTC last summer, and was called to the Bar in July 2011. There's more from OccupyTheInns here.