LPC Law will give you a unique exposure to the law. You will put all your vocational skills into practice: preparing your cases, liaising with instructing solicitors, negotiating with defendants and arguing your case in court.
You may also undertake outdoor clerking, including sitting behind counsel, attending conferences with counsel, gathering witness statements, and issuing and lodging documents.
Each year many advocates who have been instructed by LPC Law secure pupillage or training contracts. In the past, advocates have used their experience to obtain a three-month reduction in pupillage or up to six months Time to Count against their training contract, giving you a real advantage.
BPTC Graduate. BPTC Graduate, Midlands Circuit
Following completion of the Bar Course, applying for a position with LPC Law seemed the natural next step. I was conscious that my pupillage applications lacked 'real life' experience and evidence of an ability to cope under pressure; life as an advocate filled this gap immediately.
Since successful completion of LPC Law's application process, which it must be said requires thorough preparation, I have found LPC Law's support network to be outstanding. Advocacy managers are always able and willing to assist with questions arising from cases, no matter how small those questions may be. This is a crucial tool, particularly in the early days when every situation is a new one and a two minute discussion over the phone prior to the hearing can seem invaluable.
A typical day cannot be summarised easily since no two days are the same, for example Monday may consist of a list of Mortgage Possessions, Charging Orders and Applications to Suspend Warrants, whilst Tuesday will be taken up with a Small Claims Trial and Wednesday an Application for Summary Judgment. The variety means that the learning curve is a steep one and a willingness to work hard and late is essential.
I have now secured pupillage and I am confident in saying that my role as an advocate has contributed towards this success. On pupillage application forms and during interviews I was able to give concrete examples of difficult cases, clients and opponents that I have encountered, to explain how I dealt with these situations and where relevant what I would do differently in future. As a result, I was able to demonstrate that I have an understanding of the Bar that is built upon academics, work-experience and most importantly, managing a caseload of my own.