OLPAS Changes

The Bar Council has just confirmed potential changes to the OLPAS form for 2009.

Instead of the two seasons, Summer and Autumn, there will now be just the Summer Season and then a Clearing Session replacing the Autumn Season.

The changes will include:

1. A new application form - This is essentially the same as the previous OLPAS form, but allowing you to tailor some questions on the application form to the chambers to which you are applying for.

Candidates will now be able to add any additional information that they think is relevant or write a covering letter.

The changes are planning on being introduced for the start of the Summer Season 2009. However in the event the form is not ready, then the previous OLPAS form will be used.

2. Clearing - this will replace the Autumn Season and Chambers will be able to register pupillage vacancies for the clearing period only.

Chambers that do not recruit in the Summer Season can then use the Clearing service to recruit. This means that candidates who do not submit an application for the Summer Season can now register just for the Clearing Session.

The Clearing Session will include all remaining applications for pupillage from the Summer Season (if individual students are happy for this to happen) and these applications can be edited by the applicant to make improvements for the Clearing period.