Work Experience

As self-employed barristers, we do not have the structure or facilities to comply with any regulatory, health or safety or other administrative requirements of local education authority or school, college or academy work experience schemes and, therefore, do not offer “work experience”.

However, we are able to offer school, academy or college pupils of ability in state or private sector secondary education, who are interested in a career at the Bar, to “shadow” one of our barristers for a day.

You would accompany a barrister in Chambers or to court or a conference so that you can observe something of a barrister’s day-to-day working life. In return, we would expect you to present and conduct yourself in an appropriate and professional manner.

During the period of work shadowing, all reasonable expenses would be met. In exceptional cases of need, reimbursement of travel expenses would also be considered. Please email the Senior Clerk should you wish to seek reimbursement of expenses.

Criteria for offer of shadowing at Ropewalk Chambers:

  • Shadowing is only available to pupils who are presently studying for their A-Levels or equivalent in Years 12 or 13, and who intend to pursue, or are actively considering pursuing, both an undergraduate degree in law and a legal career afterwards, and who can demonstrate that they have a real prospect of success in those regards.
  • We will only consider applicants whose educational institution is in the East Midlands. We have had to impose this geographical requirement by reason of demand for places.

Please note that shadowing places are strictly limited. As such, please take care when completing the form below.

Apply Now

Complete the form below to start your application:

Work-shadowing Application Form

Part 1: Personal Details

Part 2: Education and Qualifications

Part 3: Interests

  • 500 of 500 words remaining

Part 4: Career Aspirations

  • 500 of 500 words remaining

Part 5: Other Information

  • 500 of 500 words remaining

Part 6: References (school referees only)

Confidentiality Undertaking

We take the protection of our clients’ personal data extremely seriously. By participating in our work-shadowing scheme you undertake to:

  • Maintain absolute confidentiality, both during and after the work-shadowing, over all matters that you may learn in the course of your time with us.
  • Follow all physical, electronic and managerial safeguarding procedures, as directed.
  • Report any unauthorised or unlawful processing, loss, damage or destruction of personal data to your supervisor immediately.

Yes I agree to the confidentiality undertaking

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