Latest news and pupillage opportunities.
Good morning all from Pupillageville. It has been a very busy few months and whilst the ‘The Daily Pupillage Blog’ has been bringing the latest news and views across the legal community, I am pleased to inform all readers that ‘The Pupillage Blog’ has been updated.
Both ‘Current Pupillage Opportunities’ and ‘Current 3rd Six Pupillage Vacancies 2014′ are brimming with the latest offerings across a wide array of Chambers.
Turning to other popular features across the Blog, Barristers Toolkit, Chambers Legal Commentary and Life as a Pupil have all been updated too.
As ever, I will be looking to continue to provide the very best in latest legal news for Pupils and Barristers with regular legal updates.
Stephen AKA Justin Time.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year from Pupillageville!
As 2013 draws to a close, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2014 from Pupillageville.
It has been a very mixed year again at the Bar with many differing highs and lows within the current judicial forum. However, whilst the legal cuts continue to strike hard across the entire profession, it has been welcoming to see that this year has seen some consolidation, thought and productive discussion from the governing legal bodies surrounding the education and training of lawyers.
Nevertheless, the jury is still out and whilst pupillages are still very difficult to attain, it has been very encouraging to see a steady flow of mixed pupillage opportunities across the legal disciplines, despite the current austere climate.
I would like to take this opportunity thank all the readers of The Pupillage Blog for your regular comments and feedback this year, especially from those who have secured both interviews and pupillage through the Blog. It is very warming to know that you hold this channel of news and communication in such high regard in supporting you, in your quest for pupillage.
Finally, may I wish you all continued success and as the last of the New Year champagne corks and poppers fall to the floor with streamers abound, I raise a glass to you all and wish you a very happy and prosperous 2014!
Stephen AKA Justin Time
Merry Christmas From Pupillageville
With Christmas nearly upon us, may I take this opportunity in wishing all the readers of The Pupillage Blog, a very Happy Christmas from Pupillageville!
In keeping with tradition, I have been busy again adding further changes and updates to the Blog. This November and December has seen new features including 3rd six pupillage opportunities and ‘The Daily Pupillage Blog News‘, a daily publication of hand-picked legal news. I firmly believe that both of these new features will make a good supportive addition to the Blog, so bookmark these pages and check them regularly.
Turning now to the Pupillage Proms Part III. In previous posts, I have alluded to the fact that we all come to the Bar with differing skills and abilities and I am no exception to this rule. In the posts the Pupillage Proms Part I and Part II, I placed for your entertainment compositions entitled ‘A Question of Honour’ and ‘The Score‘. With Christmas just a few days away, I have posted the latest composition which is very much a Christmas Theme – ‘We Three Kings’, but with a difference. So please enjoy and as always, I welcome any feedback!
So may I raise a glass to you all and wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Stephen AKA Justin Time
From the latest mini-pupillages to pupillage news on Facebook!
Well it has been a busy time here in Pupillageville this November, with the new addition of ‘Mini-Pupillage Opportunities 2013-14’ being added to the blog, (and I hear you say not a minute too soon), to the launch of The Pupillage Blog on Facebook, and a request to provide commentary in the New Law Journal surrounding the new scheme from the Bar Standards Board to provide extra regulatory support under a new supervisory scheme for barristers, which comes into force in January 2014.
But back to business. You will note that there are a number of new pupillage opportunities which have been added to ‘Current Pupillage Opportunities 2013’ namely those of Reeds Solicitors, Weir House Chambers and Kings Court Chambers. Importantly the submission dates for these applications is on or around the beginning of December, so time will be of the essence if you want to apply.
Whilst these chambers may not be offering the high end of pupillage awards, don’t be put off! I would certainly recommend applying for any opportunity which will enable you to get your foot on that first run of the pupillage ladder as this must be you primary focus, rather than being led by the financial pupillage award.
Turning now to ‘Mini-Pupillage Opportunities 2013-14’, this has been on the agenda for quite a while, however given my current commitments, it has taken a little while for me to put this information into motion. This being said, I aim to update this weekly, so my recommendation is to come back regularly.
Mini-pupillage is a key undertaking for any would be barrister, try if possible to undertake a number of differing mini-pupillages as this will inevitably be discussed at any potential interview. The advantage for doing this will demonstrably show that you have taken an active part in understanding from a very practical and hands on approach the role of a pupil and a real comprehension of the role of a barrister. You will note that some of the chambers listed in ‘Mini-Pupillage Opportunities 2013-14’ provide assessed mini-pupillages, this is because more often than not, some chambers will use this as a determining factor for offering a pupillage. This being said, only a few of the sets listed are applying this criterion.
Finally, I have at long last added ‘The Pupillage Blog’ to Facebook. It has always been my aim to disseminate updates, pupillages and need to know and key legal information which will support any reader in as many communicative forms as possible, thus making it easier for you to interact with any device so as to support you in your quest for pupillage and success in interviews.
So until my next entry, keep watching the Blog as updates will be posted regularly to both mini-pupillage and pupillage opportunities.
Stephen AKA Justin Time.
The changing tide at the bar – as featured in Lawyer 2B
I thought that I would share with you a piece that I penned for the Lawyer 2B this week, entitled ‘The changing tide at the bar‘. The article reflects upon the recent comments made by chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority Charles Plant, suggesting that solicitors and barristers should share training and that an individual should be able to transfer between the two professions more easily.
An interesting idea which could enable a more strategic approach for the profession as a whole, but inevitably this move could be perceived as being very controversial. However, in my candid opinion, if there is to be a future for the Bar, then there must be a demonstrable prospect of success for the entrant, with the backing of all the professional bodies to ensure ongoing support in the provision of an unhindered pathway to practise within the profession. Equally there needs to be a realistic opportunity of work right from the outset to ensure that those in practise are able to maintain a passage of advocacy be it at the employed or self-employed Bar. To view the article for Lawyer 2B click here.
Turning to news of updates to ‘The Pupillage Blog’. I have now included the ‘Daily Pupillage Blog News’ (#DPBNews) within the main body of the blog. DPBNews brings the latest hand-picked legal news and features from some of the best Twitter feeds across the legal community. So please bookmark this page to ensure that you are kept updated with key legal developments.
Stephen AKA Justin Time