The Bar Society at Queen Mary University of London aims to prepare QMUL law students for a career as a barrister and currently has approximately 150 members.
The Society educates students about a life at the bar, including the application process, the areas of practice and the practical realities of work and finance. They provide students with the opportunity to learn about the bar, allowing them to form their own personal links with the profession through activities such as networking and social events, workshops, trips, competitions and panel debates.
What is the most exciting aspect of the Bar Society?
That would have to be the Blackstone Written Advocacy Competition where the lucky winner given a coveted mini-pupillage at Blackstone Chambers. We also arranged a debate on assisted dying, which a number of prominent barristers attended, including David Perry QC.
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.