We aim to select students where the mini-pupillage experience and legal skills workshops will have the most profound impact on/contribution to the candidate’s progression to the Bar. We will assess applications on the basis of the quality of the completed application form, the context of the achievements and the references supplied. Preference is given to those who have not yet completed a mini-pupillage and/or can demonstrate an awareness of the kinds of skills and attributes they wish to develop through a place on the scheme. While first year law students may apply, they may have a better chance of being successful with a placement at a larger range of Chambers in subsequent years.

Students already on the BPTC are not eligible to apply.

Please note that you do not need to be a member of any Inn of Court at the time that you apply for this scheme.
Preference for PASS is given to students who have participated in the following programmes:

If you have not previously participated in any of the above programmes but believe that you meet the criteria for PASS, we would welcome your application. The criteria taken into consideration is listed below: if you believe you meet the majority of the Contextual Criteria, please do submit an application.


Academic ability: Intellectual capability is demonstrated through school and university attainment thus far. Students will need to be predicted (or have received) at least a 2:1 in their degree; this should be corroborated by their academic reference.

Personal abilities: (How candidates have demonstrated interpersonal and self-motivation skills.) This should be reflected in the candidate’s personal statement, as well as a possible phone interview following the application.

Contextual Criteria

We will consider applications holistically and assess abilities based on the relevant context provided.
Parental experience of higher education: Whether the candidate is the first generation to access higher education in their family.

School type: Whether the candidate has attended a state school between the ages of 11-18 or the majority of that period. Preference is given to those students who have attended schools with a low attainment and progression to higher education.

Maintenance: While at school, whether the candidate’s parents were in receipt of either income support or housing benefits or whether the candidate themselves at any point received Free School Meals.

Care Leavers: Whether the candidate was in care at any point in their schooling. A care leaver is someone who has been in the care of the Local Authority for a period of 13 weeks or more spanning their 16th birthday.

Applicants with a Disability and BAME applicants: PASS is here to support students from all backgrounds; we’re particularly keen to support aspiring barristers with disabilities, as those with disabilities are under-represented in the profession. If you define yourself as having a disability, we would welcome you to disclose this information.