Kings Chambers and four other sets specialising in Planning, Property and Public Law, Cornerstone Barristers, Field Court Chambers, Landmark Chambers and FTB Chambers, have set up a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.
The scheme is intended to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups that are not well represented at the Bar to consider becoming barristers. It will run from October 2021 to June 2022 and aims to provide advice and guidance to suitable candidates on the process of becoming a barrister specialising in planning, property and public law.
PEBA and each of the partner Chambers recognise the importance of driving equality and diversity in the Bar and hope this Mentoring Scheme can lay the foundations to creating a profession that is representative of all and for all by introducing those from a non-traditional background into the profession. It is inspired by a similar scheme launched by a collection of commercial sets.
Sam Karim QC of Kings Chambers says, “This is a hugely exciting initiative. The Bar should represent the community it serves, and therefore it is vital that we at least attempt to remove some of the potential barriers students from under-represented groups may face.”
Successful applicants will be offered one-to-one meetings with a mentor, a workshop on applications for pupillage and (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) one or more social events with mentors and other mentees.
How to apply:
For those that wish to apply, they can download the application form from the webpage here, along with the guidelines for applicants are here.
Applications should be made to [email protected] by midday on 8 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by 29 October 2021.
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(It will expire after 30 days.)