The discussion on the Guardian’s Careers Forum can be viewed here. I enjoyed myself and I was impressed with the other panelists – national newspapers have a certain pull.
There were a number of individual questions about particular cases. I think that, in order to answer those questions it is necessary to see a CV and to know which Chambers you have applied to. There were also quite a lot of questions about how to improve CVs, particularly advocacy experience. I am not sure how important that is felt to be – I will ask around.
There were not many questions – although some – on the Bar’s attitude to particular groups of people. Nor was there much discussion on how we approach interviews, scoring and feedback. I thought this was a shame personally, but I can understand that those who were online wanted answers to their own pressing issues rather than a wider discussion.
Derek Wood QC very kindly took the trouble to participate. Given that he is the author (or at least the coordinator) of the most recent official thinking on pupillage, the forum is worth a read for that reason alone.
Meanwhile, normal service will now continue on this site…
P.S. The picture should not be taken as an endorsement of smoking (note that the cigarette is unlit), which is bad for you and which you should give up – now.