As I begin turning my mind to the year ahead, there are still some essentials I have to get out of the way before I begin the BPTC. The first (and definitely most important) item on my to do list is the BCAT. Read on for what it is, why you have to do it to start Bar school and how I prepared for it.
Starting on the 2nd July 2018, the Bar Council launched a week-long social mobility campaign on Twitter. Using the hashtag #IAmTheBar, they sought to highlight the non-traditional journeys to the Bar of their Social Mobility Advocates. As a first generation African Immigrant aspiring to become a barrister, #IAmTheBar is so much more than a hashtag.
The headline in a recent article for Counsel Magazine read ‘White students twice as likely to get pupillage, report reveals’. This isn’t the first report or statistical breakdown that has shown that Black and Ethnic Minority (BAME) people who aspire to the Bar are less likely to make it. As a black girl aspiring to the Bar I can see how information like this might deter me. Read on to see why I’m more determined than ever to break beyond the statistical barriers and succeed.