Barristers from 1 Crown Office Row (London and Brighton) have been working with the Sutton Trust to run remote outreach sessions after the students’ planned Easter work experience placements were cancelled during lockdown. 21 members of chambers volunteered to discuss the legal profession with high achieving A-Level students from underrepresented backgrounds.

It was fantastic speaking to so many interested students about becoming a barrister, daily life and the different areas of law and answering excellent questions about the legal profession. Thank you to Gemma Collins and the Sutton Trust for setting this up, and wishing these students all the best with the rest of their programme.

Tuesday 14 April: Your pathway to Law
Suzanne Lambert, Matthew Hill, Gideon Barth, Charlotte Gilmartin, Jo Moore, Rajkiran Barhey, and Darragh Coffey.

A discussion with junior barristers. How to get from where you are now into the legal profession – including university subjects (to law or not to law?), work experience and qualification. An explanation of routes to becoming a barrister, what pupillage entails and how to know what’s right for you.

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Wednesday 15 April: Life as a barrister”
Lizanne Gumbel QC, Pegah Sharghy, Michael Paulin, Amelia Walker, Pritesh Rathod, Judith Rogerson and Sophie Evans.

A panel Q&A session, and a chance to ask some questions about daily life as a barrister. How often are you in court? How do you deal with nerves? Why did you choose to be a barrister? Do you have to be based in London?

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Friday 17 April: The variety of life at the Bar
Martin Forde QC, Angus McCullough QC, Timothy Bergin, Cara Guthrie, Amy Mannion, Caroline Cross, Hannah Noyce and Michael Spencer.

A chance to hear from a range of barristers about many different areas of law, from human rights to medical law, from citizenship to child protection. The panel includes barristers who work part-time as a coroner, a lecturer, and a criminal judge; the ‘special advocate’ in the Shamima Begum citizenship case; and the Independent Advisor to the Windrush Compensation Scheme.

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