Applications open: planning and public law mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar

20 September 2022

Applications have opened for the second intake of students on the planning and public law mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.

The scheme aims to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups not well represented at the bar to consider becoming barristers. These underrepresented groups include women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Successful applicants will be offered:

  • one-to-one meetings with a mentor
  • a workshop on applications for pupillage and (subject to Covid 19 restrictions)
  • one or more social events with mentors and other mentees.

The scheme will run from October 2022 to June 2023.

Background to the scheme

The initiative launched in 2021. It is now a partnership between our chambers and 5 other sets: Cornerstone Barristers, Falcon Chambers, Francis Taylor Building, Kings Chambers and Landmark Chambers and supported by the Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA).

PEBA and each of the partner sets recognise the importance of driving equality and diversity in the Bar.

Jared Norman, who coordinates the scheme for Field Court Chambers, commented: 'We've had very positive feedback from mentees and mentors from last year's scheme. We hope the scheme continues to inspire talented individuals from currently underrepresented groups at the bar to consider and undertake a career as a barrister.’

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a place on the scheme, please refer to the guidelines for applicants.

The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 7 October 2022.

Successful applicants will be notified by email by Friday 28 October 2022.