updated on 08 October 2020
Bridging the Bar (BTB) – a charity “committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity at the Bar of England and Wales” – was launched in August this year.
BTB aims to support students from all underrepresented groups, including those from a low socio-economic background, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic background, students who have a disability or long-term health condition, those who identify as being part of the LGBTQ+ community, and other communities who are “statistically underrepresented at the Bar”.
With three main objectives – equal access to opportunity, mentorship and transparency – the charity’s mission is to “bridge” the gap “between today’s Bar and the diverse Bar our society needs”.
By signing up and creating a BTB profile, aspiring barristers can apply for a variety of schemes, which address each stage of the application process. The programmes available to BTB members include: