Throughout the duration of my two-week placement at the chambers, I sought to gain my first insight into law and an understanding of the work undertaken by barristers. This was precisely what this placement showed me.
From the first day, I felt welcomed and found everyone to be extremely friendly and willing to answer any questions I had, whether it was regarding the task I was undertaking or advice about pursuing a career in law. Their experience and skill was incredibly useful and I know their advice will help me in the future when I come to choose my A-Levels and go on other work experience placements.
During my time at chambers, I was given a variety of tasks with each proving to be both challenging and interesting, these included; filing papers, reading through old documents, aiding with website design and attending court. I thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the practical side of law, I found this greatly beneficial in gaining an understanding of the legal process and the steps taken to prepare a case for court. I was also able to take part in the London Legal Walk 2017, where funds were raised to provide free legal advice and representation, this was an enjoyable experience and for a worthy cause.
My time at chambers showed me the importance of work experience, how the skills you gain are more than just learning from a textbook. I am grateful for all the time given by the members of chambers and I know this experience will greatly help my future in law. I would highly recommend a placement to anyone pursuing a career in law, the work offered at chambers and its members make a placement there enjoyable and exceedingly beneficial.
I had the opportunity to spend 4 days working in chambers. Even though it was only 4 days, it felt like I was part of chambers for much longer than that. This in part was due to everyone’s welcoming and open attitude. The staff got to know me beyond a ‘CV profile’ of being a student from so and so university, but as an individual. Members of chambers took time out to even have lunch with me and ensure that I was getting the most out of the placement. Tasks I fulfilled included research work, reading bundles for chambers and also forming several chronologies. The great thing about doing these tasks was being critiqued on it. It is one thing to do a task to keep yourself busy, but even better when you do so in order to improve. The head barrister revised my work by letting me know if I missed anything out or if I needed to include a particular thing etc. I found this extremely helpful because on a mini-pupillage you learn by doing, as well as observing. Some highlights of my mini-pupillage experience include attending several courts, such as the Rolls Building. Sitting in on cases, gave me the opportunity to proactively talk with several court staff, including those judging such as the Deputy Master. I was taught an important lesson whilst on this mini-pupillage - the importance of being commercially aware. Particularly as the majority of barristers are self-employed, this point is sometimes overlooked, this was not the case here. Overall, I found my experience at chambers to be a truly enjoyable and educational one. I learnt not merely about the role of a barrister, but about the functions of chambers as a whole. The importance of all parts, from the valuable role of the clerks to that of clients and lawyers involved.