The Bar Council’s Pupillage Fair 2020

Saturday 17 October 2020, 09:30 GMT

Designed in partnership with the Inns of Court and Specialist Bar Associations, The Bar Council’s Pupillage Fair is the only recruitment fair run by the Bar for the Bar of the future. Free of charge and held entirely online, this year’s event will give you the chance to engage with practising barristers, find out about their work and gain insight into what a career at the Bar involves.

Over 800 aspiring barristers took the opportunity to visit last year’s Pupillage Fair and attend a range of advice and panel sessions, drop in at the stands of 80 exhibiting barristers’ chambers and other relevant organisations, and talk to hundreds of volunteers from across the profession. Book your place at the 2020 fair to make sure you have the same head start for a potential career at the Bar.


  09:30 – 10:15

Funding and Support from the Inns of Court

Representatives from each of the Inns of Court outline the opportunities and support that they offer aspiring barristers.

  10:30 – 11:30

Life at the Chancery and Commercial Bar

Barristers from leading chancery and commercial sets give insight into their working lives and the skills required to succeed in their areas, and discuss recent practice developments.

  11:45 - 12:30

Life at the Criminal Bar

Barristers from leading criminal sets give insight into their working lives, the skills required to succeed at the criminal Bar, and discuss key developments in the area of criminal law.

  13:00 – 13:45

Life at the Employed Bar

Employed barristers from a range of organisations and practice areas give insight into their working lives and how they compare or contrast to life at the self-employed Bar.

  14:00 – 14:45

Life at the Family Law Bar

Barristers from leading family law sets give insight into their working lives, the skills required to succeed as a family barrister, and discuss key developments in the area of family law.

  15:00 – 15:45

Career Changers

Barristers share their experience of joining the Bar at a later stage and explain the benefits and challenges of doing so.

  16:00 - 16:45

Life as a Civil Law Barrister

Civil law barristers, including public law and human rights barristers, will present on their working lives and key developments in their respective specialisms.

  17:00 - 17:45

Applicants with a disability

Barristers with experience of a range of disabilities share their thoughts on the pupillage recruitment process and life at the Bar, including the challenges that they face(d), existing forms of support and areas for improvement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely nothing. The virtual Pupillage Fair is completely free to attend.
We have developed the virtual Pupillage Fair experience to give you the same access to pupillage providers, advice from barristers, insight from Specialist Bar Associations and Inns of Court, and guidance on available funding and application building you would have experienced at an in-person event.
The Pupillage Fair 2020 will be held on the vFairs platform, enabling you to get the most out of the event and its content online. All speaker and consultation sessions accessed from within the platform will be held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform.
The Pupillage Fair is designed to arm you with everything you need to know about accessing the profession and starting a career at the Bar. You’ll get advice from barristers, be able to discuss your prospects with representatives from a wide range of pupillage providers and other experts across the Bar and hear how to build your CV and access sources of funding and support.
Make sure you do plenty of research ahead of the fair and think about what kinds of questions you might like to ask. You will receive a fuller briefing ahead of the fair, so look out for that in the weeks prior.
The Bar Council works with the Inns of Court and the Specialist Bar Associations – the Chancery Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association, the Employment Law Bar Association, the Family Law Bar Association and the Technology and Construction Bar Association – to deliver the Pupillage Fair.

There are four Inns of Court - Gray's Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln's Inn and Middle Temple - and you must be a member of one of the Inns before beginning the vocational component of becoming a barrister. The Inns of Court are effectively professional associations and they play an important role in the education of young barristers whilst overseeing several elements of the journey to the Bar. They also provide a strong sense of community and support for the professional development of aspiring barristers and junior practitioners.

The Specialist Bar Associations are voluntary membership organisations for barristers and are usually established to support those practising in a specific area of law such as crime, chancery, commercial, family or personal injury. They provide representative services to their members, run training and other events, and often respond to Government consultations which are likely to affect their specialist area.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event. You can use these details to access the online event.
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Yes, you will be provided with login credential to test the system and familiarise yourself with the interface.
The on-demand content will be hosted for 30 days following the event. This means that you will be able to access all of the panel events and the content contained within the Exhibition Booths up until 17 November 2020.
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Good internet connectivity (i.e. turning off other streaming services) will ensure high-quality video streaming.