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.

FRU Training Day Announcements January & February 2009

This is a copy of an email I was sent from FRU:

Dear Prospective Representative,

I am pleased to announce that the Training days are now available to book.

Employment - Saturday 31st January 2009

Social Security - Saturday 7th February 2009

Once you attend the training day, you will need to attend one of the proceeding test dates. There will be 3 test dates available, one each week at the end of February. We will announce these dates within the next couple of days.

TARGET National Pupillage Fair -2009

This event will take place at Lincoln's Inn, London on Saturday 14th March 2009 between 10.30am & 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 applying for pupillage.

To find out who is exhibiting and to pre-register online go to www.targetpupillagefair.co.uk.

Inn of Court Grand Day Dinner -Dress code

The Grand Day Dinner is held once in each of the four terms, when it is customary for the judges and other distinguished visitors to dine with the benchers (who sit apart from the barristers and students.) It is one of the most extravagant dinners held by the Inn during the year.

The most important thing that the ladies attending the dinner will want to know is the dress code. Although the event is listed as a black tie event, this is one of the most ambiguous dress codes in relation to woman’s wear.

NEW CPE/GDL Inn of Court Scholarship deadline

The closing date for CPE/GDL scholarship applications is usually the 30 April of the year in which you’re CPE/GDL is taken up.

The Next date for scholarship applications to reach Middle Temple is 30 April 2009.

NEW Inn of Court scholarship deadline

The deadline to apply for an Inn of Court scholarship is usually the 1st Friday in November (for the BVC in the following academic year).

The Unspoken Skill

Apart from advocacy, conference, negotiation and the other obvious skill sets taught on the BVC, the most important skill to learn and develop is time and task management.

Without this, the development and deployment of all the other skill sets suffer.

Time and task management skills also transfer into practice, when a barrister will have to manage a number of cases at anyone time whilst still being aware of the main issue's and tasks that require further attention.

Therefore choosing to manage your time is just as important as how you chose to use your time.

Barristers on the BBC

'The Barristers' is a new four-part BBC series that will hit our TV screens this Autumn.

The filming of the series has taken two years and follows the careers and work of a number of students, pupils and barristers.

The overall aim of the series is to give the general public a realistic view of the workings of the modern day Bar as well as the process behind becoming a barrister.

Young Bar Conference 2008

The Young Bar Conference will be held at the Hotel Russell, Russell Square, London on Saturday 4th October 2008.

Talks include: "What Makes A Successful Advocate?", "Developing Your Expertise" and "Planning For Your Future"

Prices: Barristers under 10 years Call: £40, Pupils/BVC Students £30

Places are allocated on a first-come, first serve basis

For Enquiries Contact:
Gillian Dollamore
Secretary, Young Barristers Committee
The General Council of the Bar
289-293 High Holborn
London WC1V 7HZ
Telephone: 020 7242 0082

Inn's Open Day 23rd September 2008

The Inns of Court are holding student opening days for those commencing the Bar Vocational Course at the BPP Law School, the College of Law and City Law School in London in September 2008.

Middle Temple's opening day is on Tuesday 23rd September 20008 starting at 5.00 pm in Middle Temple Hall.

These events count as one of your qualifying sessions and are free of charge. So get a ticket from your Inns Treasury Office either by phone or in person.

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