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OLPAS Deadline Summer 2008

As you can probably guess today was the deadline date for applications for pupillages through the OLPAS system. You will be delighted to know that I submitted my completed form in good time and in my opinion to a high standard. A big thank you to those who offered advice, support and chocolates you know who you are. And congrats to all my competition out there who also submitted their forms :).

FRU Induction Day Announcement! 2008

I received this today and can’t wait to get started.

Date: 29 Apr 2008, 10:18:19 AM
Subject: [FRU] Induction Days Announced

Dear All,

I am writing to inform you that the induction days have been announced as

Employment Induction Day - Saturday 31st May 2008

Social Security Induction Day - Saturday 14th June 2008

Inner temple book prize 2008

Pulled directly off the Inner Temple Web site

Thought this might interest some people.

The Inner Temple as part of the 2008 renewal of its commitment to furthering the study and development of the law and the education and training of those who practise or intend to practise it, has established a valuable prize, to be known as the Inner Temple Book Prize. There will in fact be two prizes, one of £10,000 and one for “young authors” of £2,500, to be awarded for the first time in December 2008. Please visit

Inns of Courts 'Training the Practitioners' Day

I was fortunate enough to be chosen to play a witness for the Inn of Courts 'Training the Practitioners' Day. The day is designed to offer extra advocacy training for those already in practice by giving them a case scenario and having them prepare it as if preparing for an actual trial or hearing, from opening to closing speeches. The event was held for both civil and criminal practitioners.

As part of my role as a civil witness I had to learn the information in the bundle, including the role play instructions.

Fee Repersentaion Unit

Whilst at the Target National Pupillage Fair I went to the 'Pro bono work and Employment Bar' talk. I was really impressed and interested by the representative from the Free Representation Unit and so I have decided to join them. I've joined the induction day mailing list and now waiting for confirmation of dates.

Upcoming Event - Target National Pupillage fair 2008

Ok, people The Target National Pupillage fair has been arranged for Saturday 8th March 2008 at Lincoln’s Inn, London and runs from 10:30am to 3:00pm.

The fair allows students seeking pupillages to meet with chambers, BVC course providers and funding providers.

You will also be given a copy of the Pupillages Handbook - an essential for anyone thinking of applying for pupillage.

It is recommended that you register online in advance at

BVC providers, fees and places..2007/2008

Here is the link to this years BVC providers, fees and places available..


BVC Lists

Reference Tip

One thing I wish I was told or found out earlier was the constant need for applicants to supply an academic reference i.e. from your university.

Edit: The Inn of Court scholarship, admission, BVC and Pupillage application forms all require candidates to supply an academic reference and it is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange for references to be sent.

Summer Work Experience !

Well it's summer and once again I’ve been trying to get legal based work experience to;
a) Help me decide whether I want to be a barrister (Which I think I do) or solicitor, and
b) Improve my CV.

Second Year Assignments

Ok, second year of uni and I’ve got assignment deadlines coming up and a lot of friends are already wound up and becoming very tetchy as these results count towards our degree classification. I’ve drawn up a plan of action and already have first drafts of my assignments being reviewed. I’m currently living on soup and my weekend work is becoming a welcomed break from revision and assignment writing.

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