Michael Edmonds, Barrister, 4 Breams Buildings and Sumeer Chaudhry, Solicitor, BAC Solicitors will be at City to talk about their career paths as well as their day-to-day work. They will speak on selecting a set, mini-pupillages, training contracts, alternatives to traditional pupillage and advocacy opportunities within solicitors' firms.
You'll get insight into life as a pupil barrister and trainee solicitor.
The second half of the talk will cover how instructing counsel and solicitor work together:
- What role each lawyer performs
- How the interaction works best/worst
- How the relationship works in an example case - from police station to the Court of Appeal
- What do solicitors look for in counsel?
- What do counsel appreciate from solicitors?
- Direct access
There will be the opportunity to ask questions of Michael and Sumeer.
This event is organised jointly by Emily and The City University Bar Society - sign up for your place!
Wednesday 4th December - 5.30pm - C304 - Tait Building, Northampton Square.
The City University London Law Society has organised a panel event for the evening of Monday 25th November - featuring barristers from Matrix, Brick Court and Doughty Street chambers amongst others.
The barristers will talk about their life at the bar as well as giving information about their path to pupillage.
Where? ELG19 (Drysdale Lecture Theatre)
When? Monday 25th November @ 6.15
Open to all - no need to register!
Don't forget 'My path to a commercial pupillage' on Tuesday 26th.
A leading legal magazine has listed the top ten young barristers in England and Wales after contacting more than 350 solicitors, barristers, QCs and senior clerks to ascertain their views on the rising stars of the profession. 325 barristers were recommended before the final ten were profiled by journalist Ben Rigby for the magazine's annual Stars at the Bar list.
Seven of this top ten are graduates of The City Law School:
Simon Atrill Fountain Court Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Siddharth Dhar Essex Court Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Charles Raffin Hardwicke Chambers (BVC, 2005)
Amy Sander Essex Court Chambers (BVC, 2006)
Luke Pearce 20 Essex Street (BVC, 2007)
Can Yeginsu 4 New Square (GDL, 2007)
Michael Watkins One Essex Court (Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills, 2009)
Professor Carl Stychin, Dean of The City Law School, commented:
"It is tremendous to see our alumni achieving this level of recognition so early in their careers. Our rigorous professional programmes are well known for attracting some of the most able and hard-working students, so it is extremely gratifying to see them reaching their potential".
The Pupillage Advice Service puts on yet another must-see event, featuring Silvia Van den Bruel, Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings.
How to develop Commercial Awareness and market yourself in practice
When? Tuesday 5th November, 6.15pm
Where? Princeton Street, Room 13
“Being in the business of becoming a successful barrister"
Surely all it takes to become a successful barrister is to have an excellent law degree tucked under your arm and to possess the ability to dazzle the judge with your compelling advocacy? Our speaker would argue that in this day’s competitive environment, you probably need to arm yourself with a few extra tools. During this talk she will share a few practical tips and there will be time to ask any questions you may have.
Our speaker, Silvia Van den Bruel is Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings a leading Commercial/Chancery set. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Marketing Manager at Monckton Chambers which was nominated for ‘Best Marketed Chambers’ at the Legal Marketing Awards 2007.”
Read Ins and Outs of a Pupillage at 11 Stone Buildings. More Good than Bad on Legal Half Hour.
Open to current and prospective City Students
REGISTRATION REQUIRED - email the School Office.
A fellow BPTC student convinced me to attend, I was sceptical. I have a good voice, it projects well, I don’t mumble and I don’t get nervous; a talk about how to use my voice was pointless. Or so I thought…
Voice coaching is so much more than just about nerves or overcoming shyness. It is about breathing, enunciation, pace, tone, pitch, posture and diet!
For example, I learned that if one doesn’t pause to think, one does not pause to breathe. Breathing should be slow and deep from the stomach rather than shallow and fast from the lungs.
A speaker who doesn’t take the time to breathe properly will deliver at such a pace that the listeners would scarcely understand. Shallow frequent breathing makes the speaker sound hesitant, unstructured and possibly unprepared. Not much good for a closing speech to keep a 17 year old out of prison.
Time must be taken to enunciate words which will slow down the delivery. This helps the listener to understand and pay attention. Grabbing their Lordship’s attention is paramount for all budding QCs appearing at the Court of Appeal, the pitch is also very important (take it down for gravity or take it up for emphasis). Similarly, the tone; if it is as flat as a pancake, their lordships might start day dreaming about their holiday homes in France and that delicious crepe in the village café.
My favourite part of the evening was the various exercises. We had to exercise our lips, our tongues, our throats and our jaws. It is hard to describe what we had to do, but any nature programme featuring orangutans will give you the general idea. Putting jokes aside, the facial exercises are very important to relax and stretch the muscles, to clear the throat and to generally prepare the vocal chords for the onslaught of several hours of speaking.
Posture also has a part to play. Correct posture means standing with firm knees but not tense, feet should be shoulder length apart, and the head must be centred to the shoulders not titled to one side or the other. Slouching is rude and over casual and puffing one’s chest is seen as arrogant and aggressive.
Eating chocolate or dairy products before a speech is a huge no-no. Apparently they wreak havoc on the vocal chords.
I am no longer sceptical. Voice coaching techniques are crucial for any public speaker and I recommend attending talks on the subject at the next available opportunity.
Want to know more? Read tips from this event on Learnmore, courtesy of Imogen Proud.
Thanks to Heath Jamal, a student on the BPTC at The City Law School.
Pupillage: How the CLS Pupillage Advice Team prepared me for Application and Interview – Miranda Grell
Like many thousands of law students all over the country, for the last couple of months, I have been applying for Pupillage.
‘Pupillage’ is a word that is loaded with so many meanings, outcomes and emotions – grueling interviews, offers, rejections, ‘fitting in’, intellectual ability, euphoria and disappointment.
Despite my more advanced years and the non-traditional path that led me to this point (I am in my thirties, working full time, and was always more ‘political’ than ‘legal’), I have thrown myself fully into seeking pupillage in an attempt to try and get through what is the most rigorous and bewildering recruitment process I have ever experienced.
City Law School's Pupillage Advice Service offer a specialist team to give advice on Pupillage.
The PAS team at The City Law School have dedicated hour upon hour to reviewing CVs to help create tailored application forms, running mock interviews, mock advocacy exercises, organising lectures and Panel events with barristers and a day of lectures and advice on the bewildering process. Their advice on completing the Gateway forms helped and I was delighted when I secured a number of interviews with Chambers. Of course, that’s when the real work starts.
You can guarantee there will be a legal problem to solve but I found myself wondering; what else makes up the pupillage interview we work so hard to get?
Come along and meet one of the many exhibitors at The City Law Fair on Wednesday, 16th October 2013 - 1.30 - 4:30pm
Sponsored by Macfarlanes, The City Law Fair gives students the chance to meet with a wide variety of organisations and find out about their application processes and what they are looking for in candidates. This includes the following, amongst others:
Bar Council, Inns of Court, Blackstone Chambers, Chambers & Partners, City's Amnesty Society, Civil Service Fast Stream, Free Representation Unit (FRU), Landmark Chambers, 11 Stone Buildings, Monckton Chambers, South Square, The City Law School, The Cooperative Legal Services
Find full details about the event via the Career and Skills Development Service booklet
Venue: The Great Hall, Main Campus [ map to venue ]
Ensure you plan your questions in advance to make a good impression.
Professor Michael Lerego QC, will discuss what lay clients and professional clients expect from their barrister's advice, how that advice should be presented on law and fact, and what the advice should not contain.
When? Thursday 17th October, 6.15pm
Where? Lecture Theatre, Atkin Building
The talk will be followed by a Q & A
Professor Michael Lerego QC is former head of Fountain Court Chambers and Recorder in the Crown and County Court.
Register for this event at firstname.lastname@example.org
This past year I represented The City Law School, along with Philip Aspin, in the University of Hertfordshire/Blackstones National Criminal Advocacy Competition. In contrast to your traditional moot, where the focus is on points of law at an appellate level, the competition hones in on the practicalities of first-instance advocacy at the Criminal Bar. The experience was incredibly positive, providing a rare insight into what trial advocacy is like prior to commencement on the BPTC.
The competition was divided into two sections. The first consisted of two preliminary rounds. The second was the ‘Finals Weekend’, where the top ten scoring teams from the preliminary rounds are invited to a residential weekend at the University of Hertfordshire, and during which the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final all take place.
The first preliminary round required participants to deliver or oppose two pre-trial applications. There was a bad character application and a bail application. Having had experience of moots, for which you must prepare the relevant case law or legislation which supports your position and usually bundles for the judges as well, I felt comparatively footloose. All you needed to know was the procedural law governing the applications (in other words, what you could or could not apply for) and the facts of the case.
It was then a matter of persuading the judge that your position was correct. This may sound more straight-forward, but it shifted much more of the focus to one’s advocacy skills - eye contact, tone of voice, structure and content of submissions.