"Being in the heart of Manchester with access to the courts, legal professionals, events and mini pupillage opportunities makes MMU the perfect place to study."
I had a professional background in human rights before starting the Bar course. I then undertook a number of mini pupillages at various chambers in Manchester during my studies at MMU. My first was with Kenworthy’s Chambers and I also spent time at 9 St John Street, Central Chambers, Young Street Chambers and St Johns Buildings. These mini-pupillages enabled me to get a sense of the ethos and atmosphere at different chambers, expand my network of contacts and understand what the daily life of a barrister is like. I also utilised the opportunities available to marshal (or shadow) judges, volunteer at a Citizens Advice Bureau and undertake judicial review work through MMU’s pro bono scheme.
I applied for pupillage during the Bar course and received an offer from Garden Court North Chambers before I graduated, which is where I am now a tenant.
The Bar course at MMU provided me with the necessary practical training and skills in legal research, drafting and advocacy that I use every day as a barrister. Being in the heart of Manchester with access to the courts, legal professionals, events and mini pupillage opportunities makes MMU the perfect place to study.
Be passionate about what you want to do and that enthusiasm will come across to any future employer. Find out what area of law you want to pursue, make sure you can provide good reasons for your choice and develop hands on experience in that area.
I was fortunate enough to meet some inspirational Human Rights Barristers before and during my studies at MMU. Thanks to them and my previous human rights experience, I was able to pursue this area of law despite the legal aid cuts and financial insecurity that were scaring many people away from publicly funded work.
The location! At the heart of the Northern Circuit, the University’s contacts within the legal profession ensured that I benefitted from the expertise of guest speakers and gained practical experience from the many legal events and visits to local courts.