Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards

  • Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards

Middle Temple Access to the Bar Awards – gain a 1 week mini-pupillage and 1 week marshalling placement – PAID.

Are you in Level 2,3,or 4 and interested in finding out more about a career as a barrister?

The scheme aims to encourage students from different backgrounds to gain experience relating to working as a barrister and assists with the cost of attending. Successful students (and we have had from Queen’s) will be given the opportunity to undertake both a mini-pupillage and marshalling with a judge.

You do not make you application directly to the Middle Temple but submit it to Careers, Employability and Skills for shortlisting by the School of Law. A maximum of 2 nominated applications will then be sent to Middle Temple for further shortlisting.

For full details, including eligibility see here. This opens in October and closes in November each year. 

If you are interested in applying please read the information on the website and download the application form and information at www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture.

Each application must include the following:

  1. Application form, completed, signed, and dated.
  2. Transcripts of degree examination results to date
  3. Two references from university tutors. Referees should be approached by the student and written references need to be submitted together with the application. 

Application requirements can change annually so when the Award is open please check on www.qub.ac.uk/myfuture for furthern information.


Student Profile - My Access the Bar Award Experience

From the first moment that I came across the information regarding the Access the Bar Award on the website of Middle Temple I knew that the opportunity was one that could not be missed. 

My interview was short, lasting less than 15 minutes. It was in Middle Temple, London in front of a panel comprised of senior QC’s and benchers of the Inn. I was grilled on the who, what, why, where and how of my decision to pursue a career at the bar, there wasn’t much in the way of preparation for the interview that I could do as I simply didn’t know what to expect but the practice of having to think on my feet under pressure is a stand alone important lesson that applying for an Access the Bar Award has taught me.

I had specified on my application that I wanted to specialise in family law at the Bar and I was so fortunate to have both of my placements, the court marshalling and the mini pupillage be family law specific.

I experienced such a vast variety of work that is available at the family law bar in London from multi million pound divorce hearings and financial dispute resolutions in the High Court to the handing down of a special guardianship order in the County Court, to emergency international child abduction hearings, back in the High Court. I watched some of the best QC’s in London advocate expertly on behalf of their client, I experienced life in a busy set of chambers and got an insight into the dynamic of working within such a set.

My days on mini pupillage were long, I was awake most mornings before 6am and didn’t finish most evenings until after 7pm. My mini pupillage supervisor made my experience as close to the real deal as possible and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. The experience was challenging and at times very daunting, but more than anything else, it was thrilling.

Nothing could have prepared me for how much the Access the Bar Award and my placements would change the course of my future. I set out on my Access the Bar Award journey wanting to explore London as an option, a possibility, a route that I hadn’t properly considered for myself before. Now, having completed my placements, I am now beginning my BPTC scholarship applications and planning to relocate my entire life and future to London in just under a year. 

If you want to inform yourself better of the world of opportunity that is available to you and make a decision on where you want to take your future career at the bar but don’t necessarily have the financial means to travel to London to complete work experience or the personal contacts to arrange a mini pupillage then the Access the Bar award is most definitely for you. You have nothing to lose, only a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to gain.