Bar Council and Inns of Court back students in run-up to pupillage application season

Posted On: 
7th December 2017

Aspiring barristers competing for coveted pupillage positions, and those in pupillage, will now receive wellbeing support from new online resources, created by the Bar Council’s Wellbeing at the Bar Working Group, with input from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT), who specialise in young people’s mental health.

These resources are specifically aimed at those post-BPTC, seeking pupillage, and pupils up until they complete their training to become a barrister.

The new wellbeing resources cover personal wellbeing issues, such as stress, panic attacks, and low mood and depression, as well as those triggered by problems in the workplace - potentially pertinent to pupils – for example, bullying and becoming overwhelmed by work. Resources are shown in alphabetical order and can be found here with additional support available here.

Sam Mercer, Head of Equality, Diversity & CSR at the Bar Council, said:

“The Bar Council and the Inns of Court recognise the unique challenges faced by those applying for pupillage and pupils themselves, and the wellbeing issues that commonly arise as a result. We felt there was a particular gap in support for those that had completed their BPTC but not yet achieved pupillage – particularly considering the pressure and level of competition often experienced by individuals seeking to secure their professional futures.

“These resources were created with the needs of this specific target group in mind, and have had involvement from BPTC providers and Inns of Court representatives, as well as clinical input from the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust. We hope students and pupils find them useful during what is often a difficult and pressured  period in their lives.”

Charlie Waller Memorial Trust added their support for the resources, saying:

“CWMT is delighted to assist in ensuring that the wellbeing needs of students and pupils are met and in enabling them to address issues effectively as they arise.”

The four Inns of Court wholeheartedly endorse these new resources to support members at a crucial, early stage of their career, and hope these will be useful tools to manage their personal wellbeing throughout their professional lives.