The Pupillage Fair

PF 2018

The date and venue of the Pupillage Fair 2019 will be announced shortly.

2018 Event map and programme: Click here

Venue: King's College London, Bush House, The Strand, London, WC2B 4BG

Aspiring barristers:  Click here for more information. 

Exhibitors:  Click here for more information


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The Pupillage Fair is the only recruitment fair run by the Bar, for the Bar of the future, and is free to attend. It forms a key part of the Bar's commitment to fair access and to a meritocratic culture, regardless of background. The 2018 event was attended by over over 70 chambers, employed Bar organisations and Bar affiliated organisations; and by over 400 barristers. Over 2000 students registered to attend.

The Bar Council is grateful to the King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, which hosted the event. Its Bush House Buildings provide world class facilities, including a 395 seat auditorium, lecture theatres, teaching rooms and a rooftop suite with unparalleled views across London. 

The Bar Council is equally grateful for the support of the following Specialist Bar Associations: The Chancery Bar Association ('ChBA'), the Commercial Bar Association ('COMBAR'), the Criminal Bar Association ('CBA'), the Family Law Bar Association ('FLBA'), the Employment Law Bar Association ('ELBA') and the Technology and Construction Bar Association ('TECBAR'). Their support enabled us to tailor exhibitor space according to practice area, and to run targeted panel sessions on specific areas of law.

Event Programme - The number of sessions at last year's Fair almost doubled on previous years - we delivered and filmed the following sessions:

  • 'Meet the Young Bar', run by the Young Barristers' Committee
  • 'The Application Clinic'
  • 'Exploring Different Practice Areas'
  • 'Life at the Chancery and Commercial Bar', run by the ChBA and COMBAR
  • 'Funding and Support from the Inns of Court', run by the Inns of Court
  • 'Life at the Criminal Bar', run by the CBA
  • 'How to Get Pupillage - Insider Tips on Making a Successful Application', run by 5 Essex Court (Legal Cheek Best Chambers for Training 2018)
  • 'Life as a Civil Law Barrister' - supported by the Bar Human Rights Committee and ELBA
  • 'Life at the Employed Bar' - run by the Bar Council Employed Barristers' Committee
  • 'Life at the Family Law Bar' - run by the FLBA
  • 'I am the Bar' - run by the Bar Council's #IamtheBar Social Mobility Advocates
  • 'Mature Students and Career Changers'
  • 'Applicants with a Disability' - run by Matrix Chambers
  • 'Pupillage: What is and is Not Changing' - run by the Bar Standards Board.

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