The Bar Council has extended the pupillage application deadline for a second time after disastrous new website Pupillage Gateway stopped working again today... The deadline is now Thursday 9 May at 5pm. Earlier this week, the deadline was extended for the first time due to the same technical problems. The Bar Council has issued the... Read more »
When you set your standards as low as Pupillage Portal (the recently-retired pupillage application website), it doesn't take much to come up with an improvement. Sadly, this seems to be the philosophy guiding the development of its replacement, Pupillage Gateway. OK, it's not quite that bad. But it's bad... Hopefully the highly unimpressive-looking – and error... Read more »
Last night’s speech by incoming Bar Council chair Maura McGowan QC was full of diplomatic turns of phrase. But make no mistake, it contains some strong warning messages to rookie barristers hopeful of pursuing careers in publicly-funded areas...
Error-prone pupillage application website Pupillage Portal is to be put out of its misery – and replaced with a new site called 'Pupillage Gateway' from March next year.
Released: Bar Barometer, trends in the profile of the Bar [Bar Council] Internet access is a right, judges rule [The Telegraph] But...internet access is not a 'human right' – for perverts or anyone else [The Telegraph] Fantastic spoof lawyer website [bobduljohnsonattorneyatlaw.biz] Man who put cat in tumble drier jailed [The Independent] Intern just happens to... Read more »
Amid the mutual back-slapping at Saturday's 27th annual Bar conference, there was gossip, intrigue and subversive humour – much of which was relayed to the world via Twitter by the hordes of smartphone-bearing attendees...
Legal Cheek has obtained records that show the names of 15 law firms which have failed to pay a junior criminal barrister a combined £4,931.82 in fees. The barrister in question has been chasing the money for four years. So we decided to see if the threat of being named and shamed on Legal Cheek... Read more »
A story has been doing the rounds on Twitter and in the Blogosphere over the weekend about an award apparently given to law student suicide bomber Hanadi Jaradat by the Palestine Committee of the Arab Lawyers Union. Jaradat (pictured) killed 21 people and injured 51 when she blew herself up in the Israeli city of... Read more »
There was widespread disbelief earlier this year when, for the first time in its three-year history, Pupillage Portal didn’t go down in the run up to the April 26 pupillage application deadline. And there was more shock today when the site – which is rumoured to have been designed by Lord Neuberger during an introduction... Read more »
Last month Kearns Solicitors placed an advert in Counsel magazine seeking LPC and BPTC graduates to work as "court advocates". Applicants who got through the CV and cover letter sift were invited to complete a gruelling four-page test – available here – within seven days. When a Bar graduate (who contacted me anonymously last week)... Read more »
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 »
My favourite character in the media storm that has embraced embattled Tory peer Baroness Warsi is 'Barrister' Abid (full name Abid Hussein), the Baroness's Walthamstow-based business partner. When he’s not working on projects with Warsi, Abid – who graduated in law from Sheffield Hallam University – is a 'third sector and external funding manager' at... Read more »
The chairman of the Bar Council was recently reported in the Evening Standard saying that there are not enough pupillages for those trying to enter the Bar. This is not new, but that is not to say that it should not be news, writes The Law Horse. Every BPTC student gambles tens of thousands of... Read more »
Yesterday's Evening Standard featured several letters – including, naturally, a missal dispatched from Legal Cheek HQ – responding to Wednesday's expression of concern by Bar Council chair Michael Todd QC that "too many students" are leaving law schools with huge debts and "no realistic prospect of pupillage". One correspondent even suggested that pupillage should be... Read more »
On Sunday BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp became the latest – and most unlikely – person to (indirectly) lend his voice to the growing chorus of warnings against doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Speaking to The Sunday Times(£), Crisp said that he does "not advise going into criminal practice at the... Read more »
While researching my article about sitting the Kaplan BPTC aptitude test for the Guardian this week, I was surprised to find that 10% of pupil barristers have a 2:2 or a third. In the most recent year for which figures are available (2010), that translates to 39 pupils with a 2:2, and two pupils with... Read more »
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 »
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 »
As the cost of doing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) rises another notch to £16,540 following a further round of fee hikes by law schools, cash-strapped Camilla Duchess of Cornwall has been made a barrister for free. Upon receiving the award in a ceremony last night at Gray’s Inn, the Mon Fertile Finishing School... Read more »
Andrew Jackson, a barrister at 5 Pump Court Chambers, has come up with a compelling proposal to raise the measly £12K minimum pupillage award I simply do not accept the fake hand-wringing about pupillage pay. "I wish we could pay our pupils more – they certainly deserve it!" is the typical barristers’ response when this... Read more »
A contributing factor towards lack of diversity at the Bar, and the oversupply of wannabe barristers, is poor reporting of the issues by the legal press, says Alex Aldridge For journalists, stats-based pieces can be a pain, because they require meticulousness and frequently more work than straight reporting of events. Often you just don’t have... Read more »
Recently the actor Philip Glenister (pictured below), of Life on Mars and Mad Dogs fame, told the Guardian: “I look at my eldest and think, if you want to be an actor and earn some money, become a barrister. You can still wear a wig and get dressed up, but you earn. So let's get... Read more »
Follow @FellowsAdam Adam Fellows considers the discrepancies between pupil earnings, and asks whether the Bar should bring back unfunded pupillages At Legal Cheek, the matter of pupillages has been getting a lot of attention recently. Two posts by jobless Bar graduate OccupyTheInns - one about ways of showing dissatisfaction with the lack of pupillages and... Read more »