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Almost 30 students from low-income households will be taking advantage of a new bar work placement scheme which kicks off this month.
The Bar Council, which represents 14,000 barristers in England and Wales, joined forces with charity the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) to offer the groundbreaking scheme.
From 16 July, 27 students will spend a working week visiting sets of chambers, gaining first-hand experience of barristers at work.
The 17-year-olds won their places on the work placement after demonstrating a keen interest in a legal career. Each student is predicted to get A and B grades in their A levels and are from London state schools.
The placement week will include an introduction to the Inns of Court. The Inns are professional associations of which any barrister or Bar Vocational Course student has to be a member.
The students will spend time shadowing an experienced barrister and spend a day observing a trial in a busy Crown Court with the opportunity to speak to a judge.
Bar Council chair Geoffrey Vos QC said the initiative came at a perfect time as Lord Neuberger and his working party are developing proposals to improve access to the bar.
Its vital to the professions future that anyone with the requisite ability can have access to the bar, regardless of their background, added Vos.
SMFs chief executive Linkson Jack said that an innovative partnership between the charity and the bar was essential in order to make social mobility a reality rather than mere rhetoric.
The bar may have had a reputation as being inaccessible to talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds, explained Jack. Initiatives such as this prove that is no longer the case at the bar. This is how it should be in every field of employment.