Following the success of last year’s programme, which won Diversity Initiative of the Year at the UK Diversity Legal Awards, Radcliffe Chambers ran its 2019 student barrister experience this July, working in collaboration with youth organisation Big Voice London for a second time.
Radcliffe Chambers’ student barrister experience is a two-day programme, aimed at inspiring and supporting young people from backgrounds that are underrepresented at the Bar.
This year’s programme incorporated new, interactive sessions on mediation and goal-setting, as well repeating popular advocacy, contract law and interview workshops. Participants were also introduced to the English legal system, the trainee barrister application process and the way that barristers’ chambers operate, and spent a morning visiting court with barrister mentors.
Course director Kate Selway said: “We were thrilled to repeat our student barrister experience, with an even better and more interactive programme for 2019. Improving access to the profession is an important issue for chambers, so it is fantastic that we have been able to run the initiative for a second year, with the support of Big Voice London and, again, the wonderful judges, clients, barristers and staff members who gave up their time to make it a success. Thank you all very much.”
The programme received excellent feedback from participants, who described it as “interactive, informative and interesting”, “a very friendly and informative environment” and “a really, really enjoyable experience.”