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.