Supporting the Academy
Join over 70 chambers, 26 sponsorship partners and over 300 barristers and members of the judiciary in supporting BTB to achieve our vision for a society where the Bar is accessible for everyone regardless of race, sex, class or other characteristic.
If you are qualified as a barrister in the UK then we are looking for you! We have three current volunteer opportunities for individuals that would like the opportunity to support our mission. We are recruiting markers from now until the end of May, mentors from now until the end of September, and consultancy panellists from now until the end of October. For more information on each programme, please see the programme guides below.
We are recruiting markers for the 23/24 Academy applications until the end of May, so if you would like the opportunity to get involved in selecting the next cohort, this is your chance! We operate rolling and verticle marking so you will mark applications from applications opening until September and will mark all applications for your questions and criteria. We are asking for a time commitment of about 12 hours split over 4 months. Please see this guide for more information and feel free to get in touch with [email protected] with any questions!
We are recruiting mentors for the 23/24 Academy! As a mentor, you will be paired with a candidate who shares an interest in your practice area to provide 1:1 support over the course of the Academy year. Support from mentors is one of the most beloved aspects of the academy and in providing this support you are really changing lives! Please see this guide for more information and feel free to get in touch with [email protected] with any questions!
We are recruiting individuals to sit on our consultancy panel until November of this year. The consultancy panel offers candidates an opportunity to get ad-hoc 1:1 support with a specific question or problem. The consultancy panel is designed to fit in with practitioners' busy schedules with panellists being ale to accept or decline requests according to their own capacity. Please see this guide for more information and feel free to get in touch with [email protected] with any questions!
If your chambers is interested in getting involved with BTB as either an interview advocacy training provider or a mini-pupillage training provider then you can either sign up or request more information using the sign-up link above. We are recruiting for mini-pupillage providers from now until January of 2024, and for interview advocacy providers from now until September 2023. For more information on the courses, please see our programme guides below.
We are looking for chambers to provide two in-person half days of training to five or more candidates. The training will focus on specific advocacy exercises, giving candidates the opportunity to attempt, receive feedback on, and improve their performance on common interview questions. A full guide with timeline and example exercises will be given to participating chambers by BTB and there is no cost to chambers who choose to get involved. Please see this guide for more information and feel free to get in touch with [email protected] with any questions!
We are currently looking for chambers to provide mini-pupillage places for our candidates. We run two cycles of mini-pupillages within the Academy year: cycle one from October to January and cycle two from February to June. Chambers can get involved with just one or both cycles, and there is no minimum number of places required! There is no cost for chambers associated with this programme and the administrative burden is handled by BTB. Please see this guide for more information and feel free to get in touch with [email protected] with any questions!