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Bar Social Mobility Week: Northerners Need Not Apply

This week is Bar social mobility placement week, with 69 high-achieving students from low-performing state schools getting to spend a few days hanging out in the Inns of Court with barristers and judges. Sadly, though, the scheme is only open to students in London schools, automatically precluding wannabe barristers from many of the poorest areas... Read more »

Apprentice Star Sparks Daily Mail Pupillage Coffee-Making Row

“If you had someone trained as a barrister, you wouldn’t have them running round making coffee all day – it’s demeaning,” Apprentice winner (and former banker) Stella English told the Daily Mail on Monday, having quit her new role because she wasn’t given enough responsibility. Au contraire, Stella. Rookie barristers make lots of coffee –... Read more »

Through The Keyhole: Lincoln’s Inn Student Accommodation

City University BPTC student Jack Smith welcomes Legal Cheek duo Alex Aldridge and Kevin Poulter into his Lincoln’s Inn home – obtained thanks to the scholarship he bagged from the famous Inn. Like a Japanese tourist on his first visit to London, Aldridge insists on filming everything. The unique footage of smith's flat, nestled in... Read more »

Killing Time In Pre-Pupillage Purgatory

Pupillage-less prospective barrister Jack Smith is wary of forking out yet more cash on a masters, but daunted by the challenge of landing quality interim legal employment in a difficult market With only a few exams and assessments before the end of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), thoughts have turned recently to what the... Read more »

How To Get An Inns Of Court Scholarship

BPTC student Jack Smith, who's in receipt of a full scholarship from Lincoln's Inn, explains what to do – and what not to do – to get your hands on some Inns of Court treasure It's that time of year again. Hundreds of budding barristers are currently waiting to hear whether they are among the... Read more »

Bar Social Mobility Scheme Strikes Blow For The 99%

Inner Temple's work experience initiative is infused with the spirit of the Occupy movement, writes OccupyTheInns Well done to the Inner Temple! I know that this may seem like a strange sentence coming from somebody who advocated a campaign to occupy the Inns of Court just months ago, but I am really rather impressed by... Read more »

Legal Profession Is ‘Bedazzled By The Legend Of London’

In reality, the capital's lawyers are no better than their regional counterparts, says The Law Horse A discussion on the #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast (24 February 2011) may have caught your ear. It caught mine. At 21:17 of the podcast, Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge stumbled into specious territory: “If you want to talk about the hierarchies... Read more »

Bar Should Be Restricted To Russell Group Graduates

Why incur the cost and hassle of an aptitude test to limit entry onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) when there is a far easier solution, asks OccupyTheInns This week the Law Society warned the Bar off introducing an aptitude test to restrict entry onto the BPTC. You may not expect this from a... Read more »

Pupillage In The Provinces? Thanks, But No Thanks

London-based pupillage hunter OccupyTheInns thinks taking a position in the regions could be a bad move As time goes by, a dilemma that I find myself increasingly fighting with is whether I would consider pupillage in the provinces. I am well aware that there are many highly robust chambers outside London, where some impressive members... Read more »

Becoming a QC: Easy as £4,200 inc VAT

The congratulations email received by today’s new QCs comes with...a bill for £4,200 (inclusive of VAT), plus a £215 ‘Letters Patent Fee’, taking the total sum payable by the legal hotshots to a cool £4,415. And when’s it due? ‘Immediately'. A copy of the email is below.

Do Trainees And Pupils ‘Contribute Nothing’?

At 2.30pm yesterday Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge was beginning to panic. The arranged guest for the #RoundMyKitchenTable podcast – hosted by Alex and rising star lawyer Kevin Poulter – had pulled out. With recording due to begin at 530pm, what was Aldridge going to do? Grabbing his grubby laptop, the gutter legal journalist logged into... Read more »

Who Are You Calling a Paralegal?

The title of non-practising barrister needs to be given more weight to reflect Bar school graduates' educational achievements, argues OccupyTheInns In his Legal Cheek article last week Simon Myerson QC referred to me as an “anonymous paralegal”. This was saddening because Mr Myerson – whose work I had hitherto regarded with the upmost respect –... Read more »

Lord Justice of Appeal Slams MasterChef Hopefuls

When BBC series MasterChef set its contestants the task of cooking a qualifying session dinner at Middle Temple, it knew it would be a stern test. With 230 barristers to feed – including two Supreme Court judges, three Lord Justices of Appeal, four High Court judges and 26 QCs – the culinary hopefuls slaved away for... Read more »

‘Solicitor Advocates Are Destroying The Junior Bar’

If advocacy is your calling, don't try to force the creation of a single, merged profession – join the Bar, urges anonymous barrister The Law Horse It is easy to be magnanimous when you are winning. Two weeks ago, Julian Young fired a calculated broadside in The Guardian at the Bar’s attitude towards solicitor advocates,... Read more »

#RoundMyKitchenTable Exam Special: How Do You Revise And Apply For Jobs?

Taking a rare break from revising for his Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) exams, barrister-to-be Jack Smith travels east to join Legal Cheek editor Alex Aldridge and employment law whiz Kevin Poulter around a Hackney kitchen table (pictured). “How do you get the balance right between studying and devoting sufficient time to pupillage applications?” Aldridge... Read more »