- Personal Statement: This should include a description of why you want to become a barrister, why the Pegasus Access Scheme will help you to achieve this goal, relevant work experience or extra-curricular activities that demonstrate your interest in the Bar and how you have demonstrated academic ability in your degree. This should be a maximum of 500 words and can be uploaded directly into your application form.
- Academic Reference: Details of the academic referee (university-level, such as a tutor or lecturer) will be asked in the application process. You can download the form and instructions here: Academic Reference.PDF. Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that these are submitted in a timely fashion. If they are not, we may not be able to consider your application in the first round.
- Character Reference: Details of the character referee (non-family member or personal friend of the candidate) will be asked in the application process. You can download the form and instructions here: Character Reference.PDF. Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that these are submitted in a timely fashion. If they have not, we may not be able to consider your application in the first round.
What happens afterwards?
Once your form and references have been received, your application will be assessed based on your academic and personal abilities, the context of those achievements, and, based on that evidence, how much we believe you will benefit from an opportunity in Chambers. The scheme's aim is to ensure that the Bar is open to those from all backgrounds, providing opportunities for those who might otherwise not have the opportunity.
We may suggest a telephone interview with you once your application has been received to go over your application and raise any questions that arise. If you are successful, you will be invited to partake in an introductory session to learn more about the work within Chambers and the Inns to ensure you are prepared before your placement.
If you are not successful, do not hesitate to try again in subsequent years. The scheme will be a competitive process, so do not let one attempt deter you from applying in the future.