Pupillage in a Time of Distancing
We have two pupils in Falcon Chambers, who commenced their pupillages with us last October. Like everyone else, they are taking social distancing measures at home, and so are not receiving the same level of supervision that we ordinarily provide.
We will continue to honour our pupillages, of course, and our supervisors will keep supplying work digitally to their pupils, and giving feedback – but we are conscious that at the end of their 12 months with us, the pupils may not have received all the training that both we and they would like. We are therefore looking at ways in which we might address that, including an extension to the pupillage period. We will also have to be guided by the directions that emerge from the Bar Standards Board on this subject. Some useful FAQs were published by the BSB on 23 March.
We would be interested to hear from our colleagues in other sets on what procedures they are putting in place.
Mini-pupillage in a time of lockdown
Mini-pupillages give future barristers a taste of the Bar and an idea of how chambers operate. In Falcon Chambers, in normal times, we try to make things interesting without being demanding. A typical mini-pupillage will involve a visit to chambers, to experience the type of work done, and will usually aim to include a trip to court, participation in a conference, a chance to see how a set of papers is tackled, a talk every evening about a different aspect of chambers and life at the Bar, and a degree of social interaction with members of chambers.
The current lockdown makes much of this sort of experience impractical – but we can offer a quick virtual experience of Falcon Chambers and mini-pupillage, together with an opportunity to quiz us. We held a Zoominar on Monday 11 May 2020, the following members of chambers and a member of the clerking team spoke on the following topics: