The Bar Society at Queen Mary is for the benefit of students across all years of study who have an interest in joining the Bar, or simply want to learn more about being a barrister. Currently they have over 200 members.
We asked their president Kristine Moeller-Jensen to give us more information about who they are and what they do...
What could a new student expect from the Bar Society?
We offer lots of networking events, educational events, trips to various relevant institutions, workshops, socials, as well as various competitions and panel debates on topical issues. I think the best thing we organised this year was an essay competition in conjunction with Blackstone Chambers. The first prize was a three day mini-pupillage at the Chambers. We also arranged a debate on assisted dying, which a number of prominent barristers attended, including David Perry QC.
The Bar society has organised extremely useful events helping me to understand the work of a barrister. For example, the Networking event was an invaluable experience, as I was able to hear about the peculiarities and everyday life of a barrister from those involved in the profession.
Indre Kazlauskaite, LLB
What are the benefits of being part of the Bar Society?
Being in London we are fortunate enough to be very close to the Inns and Chambers, which has enabled us to forge strong ties with numerous sets, spanning a wide range of practice areas. We are invited to formal dinners every year at all the Inns, as well as receiving their sponsorship and the opportunity to network with, and learn from, some of the best legal minds in the country.
We are committed to supporting and encouraging our members by equipping them with practical information and advice to help demystify the Bar, making it more accessible and less daunting. Meeting the barristers really helps this. At our first event last year one of the new students asked a panel of barristers whether you have to ‘sell your soul’ to become a barrister! That definitely lightened the atmosphere and was a great demonstration that even very serious barristers will often appreciate an (appropriately) humorous approach.