While debate will continue on the chances of getting a tenancy (and this is to be encouraged) – the Bar has always been a competitive profession (certainly in my time in legal education of 30 years) – this new initiative following Lord Neuberger’s Diversity report is a good one.
I am interested in becoming a barrister. Do you have more information?
This site is for you and anyone interested in a career at the Bar. A barrister is one of the most exciting and challenging careers you can find. However, it is competitive and requires hard work and intelligence, but anyone with these skills can succeed. There are barristers from all backgrounds and ethnicities in practice and you can find out more about this in the film – the Bar is open to all.
I enjoyed watching the films. I hope this new website will succeed in persuading prospective law students – from all backgrounds – to think about a career at the Bar.
Professor Richard Moorhead has written on this issue. We have exchanged thoughts in the comments section. I do hope the Bar Council puts the statistics (which are available on the main site) on this site. I can see no reason for the Bar Council not to do so.
I do appreciate Richard Moorhead’s point and it is a fair one – and the perspective of others on twitter this afternoon. Be that as it may; I am pleased to see an initiative which encourages students to have a look at the Bar as a career – it is not as it ‘may’ once have been. It continues to be a very competitive profession. It is difficult to get in.. but at least the message is being put out that the difficulties do not include ‘background’. I am happy to write a blog post in favour of that sentiment.
I also take the view, having enjoyed teaching students for many years, that students are not daft. Far from it. If students don’t pick up on warnings on the Bar Council site, the law school sites and elsewhere, I would be surprised. I can say that I did have the pleasure of meeting a few lazy students but they weren’t daft either. I suspect that some of them went into investment banking or showbiz! It wouldn’t surprise me. 🙂