Pupillage Gateway opening to remain April 2016
The below announcement has been issued by the Bar Council:
The Bar Council’s plan to move the opening of the Pupillage Gateway from April to January from 2016 has been put on hold so that the organisation can look in more detail at what the move will mean for employers and students.
The Bar Council, the representative body for barristers in England & Wales, announced in July that it planned to move the opening of the Pupillage Gateway in time for January 2016 in order to give students the chance to secure pupillage before committing to the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). However, the Bar Council wants to ensure the Gateway system is robust rather than rushed and is talking to its members, who are involved in pupillage recruitment, about the practical implications of bringing forward the opening date of the Gateway.
The opening of the Pupillage Gateway will be in April 2016. The Bar Council hopes to be in position to make an announcement about future Gateway opening dates by early 2016.
While the Bar Council and its members delve deeper into whether to move the annual opening of the Pupillage Gateway to January, it is eager for students to get a better idea of their chances of securing pupillage before committing time and money to the BPTC. Students should apply as early as possible for pupillage to get a better idea of whether they have a realistic opportunity of beginning a career at the Bar and before making those costly commitments to the BPTC. By applying early, those who might previously have been put off by the financial risk associated with committing to the BPTC without some assurance of a pupillage in future, but who have the talent to pursue a successful career at the Bar, will get a better understanding of their chances before it is too late.
Please see the Bar Council website for further information.