Professor Ray Dolan delivered a Treasurer’s Lecture Night talk on “Brain Imaging as Evidence” to a full Hall on 8 October, followed by dinner in the Drawing Room.
A Pupils’ Advocacy Evening took place on 9 October; a Pupils’ Criminal Case Analysis Session on 15 October; a Pupils’ Civil Case Analysis Session on 16 October; and a Pupils’ Advocacy Residential Weekend at Wotton House on 26-8 October.
The Deferred Trinity Term Call Night was held on 11 October, with 88 members of Inner Temple being Called to the Bar.
A Magna Moot and Reception took place on 22 October. Master Hodge delivered a Moot Master Class on 29 October, followed by a Mixed Dining Night.
Insight Evenings took place in Newcastle on 23 October; in London on 25 October; and in Bristol on 30 October.
The Student Societies Sub-Committee met on 23 October to discuss forthcoming Society activities.
The Qualifying Sessions Sub-Committee met on 24 October to review feedback on recent qualifying sessions and to receive an update on the BSB’s changes to the Qualifying Sessions Framework. The BSB has reduced the number of qualifying sessions required for Call to the Bar from 12 to 10 of which two must be completed in each of the following five categories:
- Ethics, Standards and Values;
- Advocacy Skills;
- Legal Knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law;
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion;
- Preparation for Pupillage, Career Development and Wellbeing;
The original framework required students to complete at least one Ethics session, two Advocacy sessions (of which one had to be interactive), and one Legal Knowledge session. Two sessions in total had to be interactive and require preparation in advance. The BSB has changed the framework to require students to attend a minimum of two sessions under each theme. The Inns, via COIC, have pushed back on this stating that two per category is not necessarily appropriate; that this will make the framework too inflexible for students (choice) and the Inns (design and innovation); that it may not be particularly useful for international students to attend sessions on pupillage and careers at the Bar of England and Wales; and that the key categories are Ethics, Advocacy and Legal Knowledge. To date, the BSB is refusing to change its position.
Currently, students at providers outside of London can attend four qualifying sessions in their location. Up to three of these are organised by their Inn’s student representatives and local members. The Inns organise one “joint-Inns” session at each provider which is open to students of all Inns. Students can also attend their annual end of year dinner/lecture which has historically counted as a qualifying session (in the future, these will be subject to the Qualifying Sessions Framework). The BSB has stated that students at providers outside of London should be able to attend five qualifying sessions in their location. Given that students will now only need to complete ten qualifying sessions, the Inns believe the number of local qualifying sessions should remain as four but the BSB is insisting upon five.
It is as yet unclear whether the above changes will be implemented in September 2019 or September 2020 (the Inns are pushing for the latter). In the meantime, the Qualifying Sessions Sub-Committee and Education Team are working to ensure that the Inn’s programme of qualifying sessions meets the requirements of the Qualifying Sessions Framework.
A Schools Project outreach event took place on 2 November attended by 118 students from London schools.
The Junior Bar Association held its annual Halloween Quiz in Hall on 2 November.
Training on Advocacy and the Vulnerable took place on 3 and 6 November.