Applications open for Bridging the Bar 2024/25 Academy

updated on 17 May 2024

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Bridging the Bar’s (BTB) 2024/25 Academy is set to begin in September, with the aim of increasing diversity at the Bar by preparing 100 aspiring barristers from non-traditional backgrounds for pupillage applications.

BTB was founded in 2020 to help provide equal access to opportunities at the Bar. The charity is now supported by 300 barristers, 70 chambers and 26 sponsorship partners. The Academy is a free programme which runs for 8 months and includes:

  • shortlisting for one or more paid internships;
  • a mentoring scheme;
  • access to BTB volunteers and a consultancy panel;
  • lectures and seminars;
  • advocacy training;
  • personal development workshops with a life coach; and
  • mock interviews.

To be eligible for participation, candidates must meet a number of criteria, including:

  • be studying (or have studied) the Bar course in the 2024/25 academic year;
  • intending to apply for pupillage in 2025;
  • have been state school educated;
  • not have attended Oxbridge at undergraduate; and
  • have been supported through their undergraduate degree by student loans or own employment.

Vice chairperson, Aaron Mayers, explains that: “From day one, the Bridging the Bar team has asked itself: what is the best way to increase the chances of our candidates securing pupillage, whilst also preparing them for professional life at the Bar? The BTB Academy is the answer."

Applications are open until 21 May 2024 and more information is available in this applicant guide.

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