Two of our Upper Sixth Law students recently took part in a Law Pupillage at Atlantic Chambers in Liverpool.

After filling in an application form before half term, Grace Appleton and Abhinav Jeerasoo were selected for the pupillage which was a fantastic opportunity to find out for themselves what it’s like to work in a barristers’ chambers. Here is what our students said about their experiences:

Grace Appleton, from Scarisbrick School, studying Law, French and Philosophy, Ethics and Religion

“During the two day pupillage which took place at half term, I got to spend a day in the Liverpool Civil and Family Court with a barrister on a family case. On the second day I shadowed another barrister and was able to sit in on a client call for a personal injury case.

“Overall, it was an extremely rewarding opportunity which I can discuss in my university interviews. I gained an insight into the work of a barrister and how the court room procedures work. I witnessed how the prosecution and the defence communicate and how they build a case for their clients.

“This experience has reinforced the belief that I want to study Law at university and have a career in law in the future.”

Abhinav Jeerasco, from The Sutton Academy, studying Law, Maths and Spanish

“During my mini pupillage I had the opportunity to shadow three different barristers in two tenancy cases respectively at Liverpool County Court and Manchester Civil Justice Centre and one employment tribunal case.

“On the second day I met the barrister from the Atlantic Chambers at Manchester Civil Justice Centre for a trial in court about a tenancy case. I learnt how communication is key in the legal field. The experience was really helpful for me to improve my advocacy skills, not only for Debate Society (of which I am a member), but it is also a very useful skill to have in life.

“These cases truly showed me what it means to be a lawyer, and how much it actually takes to get there. After finishing my A Levels I’d like to go straight into the workplace rather than university by gaining a law degree apprenticeship.”

What a fantastic opportunity for Grace and Abhinav. We wish them both every success in the future. Find out more about studying Law at Carmel.