Are you an aspiring barrister about to submit your pupillage applications? It’s important to make sure that your applications are well-presented and tailored to the chambers you are applying to. In this post, we will provide a checklist of things to look out for as you upload your pupillage applications, to give you the best chance of success.
Many aspiring barristers leave the work experience section until last, which can result in it being either too long winded or too brief. To make sure your work experience section is effective, use the STAR technique. This technique involves describing a situation, the task you were involved in, the actions you took and the result of those actions. This technique ensures that your work experience is clear, concise and tailored to the chambers you are applying to. Additionally, bullet points are okay as long as the information is clear and tailored to the chambers.
It’s important to make sure that you spell the names of the chambers and any barristers or judges correctly in your application. This may seem like a small detail, but it shows attention to detail and professionalism. Additionally, make sure that you are not referring to another chambers in your application, as this could lead to confusion and make your application look unprofessional.
When submitting multiple applications, it’s easy to repeat information within the same application. Look carefully and make sure that your application doesn’t contain repeat information.
Track Progress of Submissions
To make sure that you are on track with your submissions, use the BLESSING AT THE BAR Pupillage Application Research Spreadsheet. This will help you keep track of your submissions and ensure that you haven’t missed any deadlines.
It’s important to thoroughly proofread your application for grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. This will ensure that your application is professional and error-free, and that you are presenting the best possible version of yourself to the chambers.
Tailor Your Application
Each chambers will have different requirements, so make sure to tailor your application to meet their specific needs – down to the work experience and relevant experience(s) you present. This will help you stand out from the competition and give you the best chance of success.
Competition for pupillage is tough, and it can be difficult for your mental health to experience so much rejection. However, it’s important to remember that getting pupillage is not the only factor that defines you as a person, and to be proud of yourself for taking the step to apply. Remember that your journey as an aspiring barrister is ongoing, and with hard work, determination and perseverance, you will succeed.
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