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Lincoln’s Inn information afternoon

On Wednesday 11 March ten law students and their minder (me) went to the Lincoln’s Inn information afternoon followed by dinner. As usual the information provided was interesting and informative. Bottom line: you are very unlikely to get a pupillage (the equivalent of a solicitor’s training contract) unless you have applied for and been granted a scholarship. To get a scholarship you have to be an excellent student i.e. predicted a high 1:1 or a first class honours degree and have plenty of experience – marshalling of judges, mini-pupillages, mooting for example. Students were advised NOT to apply and pay for the Bar Professional Training Course unless they had secured a scholarship or pupillage in advance. Scary stuff.
Then the fun part – a reception followed by dinner. This year it was even more special as HRH the Duke of York, a patron of the Inn, was dining and two Brighton students, Komal Joshi and Charlie Rason were very close to him on the top table. They knew in advance (as did I) about the guest of honour and being selected to sit at the top table but other Brighton students also were introduced to him as he mingled with everyone at the reception before dinner.
A productive and entertaining evening.

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Alison Bone • 12/03/2015

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  1. Christina Keiller 12/03/2015 - 2:29 pm Reply

    How interesting, glad you had nice evening too!

    I have just spoken to someone who spent 4 years applying for pupillages after her BVTC, now she has one but a good friend of hers has spent the same amount of time still with no success and very much in debt – so I am not surprised they give that advice…

  2. Jeanette Ashton 12/03/2015 - 5:48 pm Reply

    Sounds fun and a great experience for the students too. & in the light of that advice we should expect a full house for mooting next year!

  3. Lucy Jones 12/03/2015 - 6:43 pm Reply

    Also it is never too early to join an Inn and undertake a few mini pupillages.

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