Question: “What is Santa going to give you for Christmas this year?”
Aspiring barrister’s answer: “Hopefully 2500 words for this essay.”
Yes, it’s that time of year again. After a successful Autumn Term, we can finally go home and put our feet up…on the large pile of books we need to read. In all seriousness though, do take a break and do not, under any circumstances, do any work for your degree on Christmas Day. Or Boxing Day. Or New Year’s Eve. (Is that pushing it?)
And if you do take some breaks from essay writing, there are several things you can do to help you on your path to the Bar:
- Now is a good time to apply for mini-pupillages, either for the Easter holidays (though remember you’ll have essays and revision to do) or for summer. Remember to check out our London mini-pupillage spreadsheet for loads of info on the chambers offering minis: https://warwickbarsociety.com/mini-pupillages/.
- Keep up to date with legal current affairs. Aspiring solicitors aren’t the only ones who need commercial awareness, so make sure you keep up to date with the latest legal developments. A great place to start is the Inner Temple ‘Current Awareness’ feature (a daily list of legal news), which can be found on their Twitter or their Facebook page. You may also want to check out LawCareers.Net’s synopsis of 2013’s most important legal developments, which can be found here.
- Write for the BarSocBlog (open to non-members too)! If you aren’t too keen on the idea of writing for a magazine or student-run academic journal, the BarSocBlog provides an informal means for you to write about legal issues, whether on academic points of law, current affairs, or the Bar itself. Send in your article (there is no minimum or maximum length) to email@example.com and we’ll consider posting it on the blog. And soon we will also be releasing details of our essay competition, the prizes for which include a mini-pupillage and money!
Finally, here is our Christmas Newsletter giving details of our successes in the past term. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and all the best for the new year!
Founder and President