If you want a career at the Bar, act early. 

Build your portfolio of legal experience

  • Visit courts as a member of the public to observe barristers at work
  • Apply to marshal a judge
  • Undertake mini-pupillages in barristers’ chambers (typically a 3 day work experience shadowing a barrister)
  • Undertake work experience at a firm of solicitors
  • Volunteer to support FRU (The Free Representation Unit), PSU (the Personal Support Unit), Citizens Advice etc

Develop your advocacy skills

Get as many public speaking opportunities under your belt as possible.   Doing so will demonstrate your motivation to become an advocate, develop your speaking skills and build your confidence. 

Take every opportunity available to practise advocacy!  Debating, mock trials and mooting (the presentation of a mock legal argument) are particularly valuable. 

Get a good result - academic qualifications do matter

An excellent academic record is extremely important; the vast majority of pupillages are awarded to those with a first or a 2.1.

Find out more

  • University Advocacy Days

    A unique opportunity for university students who are interested in a career at the bar

    University Advocacy Days

  • Griffin LAW (Law and Advocacy Workshops)

    Promoting social mobility and access to the Bar in workshops with secondary and sixth form students

    Griffin LAW

  • Education and Training

    An extensive range of opportunities

    Education and Training