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Pupillage Gateway deadline extended as system struggles to cope with ‘unprecedented levels of traffic’

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Aspiring barristers now have until 1:30pm today

Bar hopefuls have taken to social media to vent their frustrations over the Pupillage Gateway’s apparent inability to cope with an influx in online traffic.

With today’s scheduled 11am application deadline coming and going, Legal Cheek understands that many pupillage hunters, who have spent weeks fine-tuning their applications, logged on the Bar Council-backed system only to find it running at a cripplingly slow speed.

One aspiring barrister tweeted: “This weary applicant can confirm it was crashing since around midnight and has been that way since,” while another wrote: “I started uploading my applications at 5.40am or at least trying to. Between 6am and 8.30 I could only upload 2 applications. I have only been able to upload 8 of my 18 applications.”

Responding to the numerous complaints, the Bar Council said “heavy traffic” was responsible for the slow running of the site and urged users to allow for more time to submit applications.

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Many students who were still struggling urged the Bar Council to extend its deadline, pointing to the fact its advice to allow for more time came just 21 minutes before the Gateway was due to close.

Citing “unprecedented levels of traffic”, the Bar Council has now confirmed the deadline has been extended until 1:30pm today.

This, however, isn’t the first time the Gateway has hit Legal Cheek headlines. In 2016, a copy and paste glitch meant many users inadvertently submitted applications with key pieces of information missing, including Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) grades.

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