National winner of 'Best Society for Aspiring Barristers' 2015, 2016 and 2017, and 'Most Committed to Improving Diversity' 2017!
The University of Bristol Bar Society is the second largest society within the Law School and the only one tailored towards students interested in a career at the Bar. We provide networking opportunities with barristers, judges and alumni, and host many competitions designed to improve oral advocacy regardless of career path.
Throughout the academic year, we organise talks from barristers and judges from different practice areas, give pupillage and mini-pupillage advice sessions, hold advocacy training workshops and moots, visit the Inns of Court and the Supreme Court, as well as holding fantastic networking events - including an annual black tie Networking Dinner, which has a 1:1 ratio of students to practitioners, providing an outstanding opportunity to make contacts, learn more about the Bar and possibly gain an offer of work experience, all in an informal environment. We also hold the very popular Bristol mock trial, which marks the culmination of the academic year at the University of Bristol Law School and is judged by a local barrister with prizes for the best student advocates.
The Bar Society is also dedicated to increasing and supporting diversity at the Bar at a grassroots level; our unofficial motto is 'there is no bar to the Bar' - and we set out to prove this wholeheartedly. In the 2017/18 academic year, Diversity Week was expanded into Diversity Fortnight, additionally, we have introduced a non-law representative to ensure that all students are aware of the opportunities that the Bar, and Bar Society, can afford to them.
Whether you are interested in becoming a barrister, hoping to secure a training contract, or just curious about what exactly it is that people with wigs do, we are here to help. Join today for just £12.50, or £30 for three years (save yourself £7.50!) - open to students from ALL academic disciplines.
For updates, join our Facebook page which can be found at - www.facebook.com/groups/BristolBarSociety. We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Isaac Chambers
Vice-President: Cher Lyne Peh
General Secretary and Equality Officer: Hannah Pierpoint
Careers Secretary: Emily Girvan-Dutton
Head of Advocacy: Marie Schwab
Treasurer: Maximilian Sakoschek
Press Secretary: Shannon Nath
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