Northern of England set Kings Chambers has scrapped its traditional mini-pupillage programme in favour of a structured internship scheme in a bid to provide would-be barristers with “formal work experience”.
The new three-day scheme will be available for up to 20 law and non-law university students per year who are in their second or third year of study.
Once on the programme interns will be assigned a designated barrister to shadow, take part in workshops and undertake a piece of written work, which will be formally appraised.
Head of Chambers at Kings Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC, who designed the internship programme, said: “We’ve run mini pupilages for years but I just didn’t think they gave students enough information about what it’s really like to work at the bar. It wasn’t structured enough.”
He added that he thought information about working as a barrister was often “poorly and often hopelessly” provided to aspiring barristers at university.
The set traditionally took around 15 candidates for “unstructured” mini-pupillages for a week at a time throughout the year.