Blackstone Chambers is one of 10 Barristers’ Chambers working together throughout this year to offer a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.
Blackstone is delighted to continue its work with nine other sets of Chambers to offer a mentoring scheme, which aims to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
The scheme is called Mentoring For Underrepresented Groups: a scheme run by Commercial Barristers’ Chambers. In the scheme’s first year, over 400 applications were received and 150 mentees were matched with mentors. The Chambers participating for the academic year 2021-2022 are (in alphabetical order):
- Blackstone Chambers
- Brick Court Chambers
- Essex Court Chambers
- Fountain Court Chambers
- Gatehouse Chambers
- Keating Chambers
- 7 King’s Bench Walk
- Monckton Chambers
- One Essex Court Chambers
- 3 Verulam Buildings
The scheme will run between October 2021 and May 2022. It is open to all undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) and who do not yet have a pupillage offer.
Successful applicants to join the scheme will be allocated a mentor, who will be a member of one of the participating sets of Chambers. As part of the scheme, mentees will be offered:
- Between three and five one-on-one meetings with their mentor.
- A workshop on applications for pupillage.
- Subject to developments in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, one or more social events for mentors, mentees and members of the participating sets of Chambers.
The scheme’s full guidelines can be found above and a flyer with further information can be found here.
Applications to participate in the scheme are now closed and applicants will be contacted on the 18th of October 2021.