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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Being a subscriber to your paper for two to three years, I believe I must write and state my experiences of the post-year of passing the Bar Vocational Course. It is not a happy story and I hope that if you publish this, it will put off anyone seeking a career at the Bar and so stop getting themselves heavily into debt.
I was called in November 1996 and passed the course at the Inns of Court School of Law in the same year. I was, unfortunately, one of the supposedly 1,000 students who did not obtain a pupillage. I have not even managed to obtain any legal placement whatsoever. I have applied to every set of chambers for pupillage, every solicitors practice in the South West, every legal agency in Britain and nearly all the main companies in Britain. I have made over 1,000 applications, yet have had no joy.
I know I am not alone and hope that this state of affairs is made known to the powers-that-be. I cannot afford to pay my rent and I guess the next beggar any lawyer sees could be a failed(!) Bar student!