The University of Law (ULaw) is holding its annual Northern Pupillage Fair, now in its fourth year, in Leeds on 3 November.
To be held at ULaw’s Leeds campus on Park Row from 1pm to 3.30pm, aspiring barristers will have the opportunity to meet chambers and industry experts from across the north and midlands, to gain practical knowledge and advice on succeeding in the industry.
Prospective barristers will have the chance to speak to different chambers and discuss the criteria required secure an offer of pupillage during an open Q&A.
The event will allow candidates to get advice on things such as how to draft a successful application for pupillage, discover more about life at the bar and discuss what it takes to become a successful barrister.
Following the Q&A, students and graduates will have the opportunity to network with northern chambers, current bar professional training course (BPTC) students, alumni and Leeds BPTC tutors. Staff from the university will also be offering campus tours to showcase its facilities.
Sixteen chambers will be attending on the day, including Lincoln House, Park Lane Plowden and Central Chambers, as well as Lydia Pearce from Broadway House and Chris Ovenden from 15 Winckley Square.
Niall Carlin, barrister at Broadway House Chambers and ULaw senior tutor, said: “The Northern Pupillage Fair is important for this region as I understand it is the only fair of its kind in the whole of the Yorkshire/Northeast region. It is a unique opportunity for students to meet members of barristers’ chambers personally and gain insights about chambers in the region that simply may not be available to them otherwise.”
Beverley Dawes, barrister and BPTC leader at ULaw, added: “At last year’s fair we welcomed over 100 aspiring barristers through our doors and this year’s event is so far set to beat that record. We know that the legal industry is one of Leeds’s leading sectors, so we want to capitalise on this and showcase to people what the country has to offer when it comes to pupillage outside of London.”
“At The University of Law, we are committed to improving the outcomes of our students. The Northern Pupillage Fair is an opportunity for us to further develop our position within the education sector, while benefiting our students and our professional partners.”