So now how can a ‘bewildered would be barrister’ keep up to speed with their advocacy and legal skills whilst waiting stage left in the wings for pupillage?
Well, the answer’s simple, become a Free Representation Unit volunteer.
After your initial training and qualifying period as either a social security or employment FRU Representative, you will be responsible for the entire conduct of the case. Your role will include; interviewing the client, taking instructions from the client, liaising with the other side, negotiating the settlement, drafting witness statements and other submissions, and finally the opportunity to represent your client at Tribunal.
Not only is this a really satisfying pro bono cause, but you would after successfully completing your training run with your own cases. Now call me a stickler, but this is the real ticket to demonstrate your commitment to pro bono and your ability to become that first class lawyer by placing those well learned applied studies and advocacy skills to an extremely worthy cause!
I have placed a new section on the blog for pro bono opportunities and news, so check back often to follow the links.
Finally, after a hectic post or two over news from the ‘Pupillage Portal’, I have decided to include a new feature entitled ‘Pupillage Proms’. This feature is designed to bring you from time to time some light musical refreshment after a hard day’s slog! Today’s musical interlude comes from Ennio Morricone in concert, (compliments of ‘YouTube’).