The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, in association with participating Chambers, launched PASS in March 2012 to ensure that all students with the capability and determination to pursue a career at the Bar have the opportunity to undertake work experience (known as ‘mini-pupillages’) in barristers’ Chambers, regardless of their background or personal networks. Application to this scheme does not prevent students from applying to Chambers’ current mini-pupillage schemes. PASS is aimed at specific groups that might face obstacles in progressing to the professions. Students are welcome to apply for mini-pupillages through the standard routes, which are open to all students through Chambers’ respective selection and assessment processes.
Becoming a Barrister
Undertaking mini-pupillages is essential in a prospective barrister’s journey to the Bar. However, with thousands of students applying for mini-pupillages in Chambers every year, putting the achievements of each candidate in context can be difficult. Equally, some students do not feel that they have connections with the Bar to feel confident in applying directly for these opportunities, particularly to highly competitive sets of Chambers or practice areas.
The Pegasus Access & Support Scheme (PASS) aims to address these concerns and potential barriers. Through the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme, successful applicants will receive a mini-pupillage in addition to the opportunity to attend a variety of workshops and events hosted by the Inn. In doing so, it aims to support participants to progress into the profession thereafter. The mini-pupillages will vary in length from three to five days. Chambers are offering these opportunities on the same terms as their current mini-pupillages but the Inner Temple will cover the reasonable expenses of participating students in order to ensure that financial barriers will not hinder a prospective participant’s ability to undertake such work experience.
Employability support Priority access to one to one CV and Interview advice from the Inner Temple outreach team
Opportunities to network Free priority booking onto all Inner Temple outreach events including Dinner to the Universities
Supporting your development Skills development days to enable you to apply for scholarships, find out how chambers really work and develop your CV
Opportunities Access to apply to the COMBAR scholars scheme and access to online network group
Funding Cover the travel and accommodation costs associated with taking part in PASS
The programme aims:
Insight To find you a mini-pupillage in a chambers
|Programme Information and Dates|
Applications must be submitted by 10.00 on 03 December 2018
|References must be submitted by 17.00 on 05 December 2018|
|Invite to video interview will be sent out to eligible applicants on 5 December 2018.|
|Midnight on 12 December 2018 is the deadline for completing the video interviews.|
|We will inform you by 20 December 2018|
|PASS Introduction event on 29 January 2019|
|Depending on availability, complete mini-pupillage between January to December 2019|
|Dinner to the Universities on 5 March 2019|
|PASS Skills Course from 23 June 2019 to 25 June 2019|
|Application and CV clinics in September|
|Access to support, including an LinkedIn Group and other outreach events throughout the year.|