Pegasus Access and Support Scheme
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, in association with participating Chambers, launched a scheme in March 2012 to ensure that all students with the capability and determination to pursue a career at the Bar have the opportunity to undertake work experience (known as 'mini-pupillages') in barristers' chambers, regardless of their background or personal networks.
Find out if you’re eligible to apply for the Pegasus Access Scheme
Over 60 Chambers from across England and Wales have signed up to the Pegasus Access & Support Scheme, demonstrating the Bar’s commitment to promoting an open and diverse profession.
The Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR) has partnered with PASS to provide further opportunities for students to learn about life as a commercial barrister. This marks their 25th anniversary and commitment to encouraging a diverse and inclusive profession.
The application round is now open until 4 November 2016
Insight into the profession
The Bar is committed to encouraging diversity and social mobility in the profession. The Inns of Court, Specialist Bar Associations, Circuits and Bar Council all undertake initiatives to break down outdated stereotypes of the profession and to raise awareness in prospective entrants. Between these institutions, a wealth of information is available to help you decide whether a career at the Bar is right for you. Training to be a barrister is expensive and the Bar works hard to support talented aspiring barristers who may otherwise find that cost prohibitive. In order to ensure that the best and brightest are not put off by the fees involved, the Inns of Court award millions of pounds every year in scholarships for the law conversion course (GDL/CPE) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)
The largest age group of practising barristers was 35-44
of the practising Bar had attended a state school
in August 2013, 35% of practising barristers are female
were from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background