The Bar Society:
Huge congratulations on securing a place at the University of Southampton Law School! This is a massive achievement and a result of all your hard work. On behalf of the Bar Society Committee and all its members, we are delighted to welcome you to the University and into our society.
The Bar Society is student-led. This means we can use our own experiences to shape what route our society takes. This year, we are focusing on demystifying the route to becoming a barrister, as we realise it can sound like a very daunting prospect. Becoming a barrister is a competitive endeavour, so we hope not only to educate you on what steps to take but to help you enhance your CV by offering a variety of events to make your CV stand out above the rest!
|Bar Series Talk||This will focus on the journey to the Bar, and specific aspects such as funding, the Bar Training Course, and work experience. The speakers will include barristers and students who have recently successfully gone through the process.|
|Women in Law:||This will give an insight into the life of a female barrister and address any challenges/perceived challenges about pursuing this career as a woman.|
|Diversity in Law:||This will give an insight into being a barrister from a BAME background, and hopefully encourage more students who may have thought their background was a hindrance to pursuing a career at the Bar.|
|Speed Mooting Competition [Virtual]||Get your first taste of mooting (presenting a legal argument in court), with the possibility of winning a prize and a place in a national competition. The speed moots are also a great way to practice for the first-year compulsory moot and look great on your CV!|
|Trip to the Supreme Court and Royal Court of Justice||TBC|
|Bar Society Annual Christmas Ball [Joint with LawSoc]||TBC|
|National Mooting Competition:||We invite teams from various universities and postgraduate courses to compete in a mooting competition. With practising solicitors and barristers acting as judges, it is a great opportunity to receive feedback and to pick up tips from other mooters.|
|Trip to One Essex Court:||The opportunity to go to London and network with barristers from a leading Commercial set an evening reception.|
|Trip to Inns of Court||The Four Inns of Court host evening dinners for university students. These evenings often include talks, followed by a dinner with barristers and members of the judiciary, providing an excellent opportunity to network and find out more about the professions.|
|Bar Society Annual Summer Ball [Joint with LawSoc]||TBC|
All clubs and societies within the Students' Union are run entirely by students. The student committee for Bar Society this year are:
Academic Events Co-ordinator
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These are the current membership fees offered by Bar Society , although many clubs and societies offer a free period for new members to try out their activities.
|2-Year Membership (Joint membership for Bar Society & Law Society)||£25.00||30/09/2021 - 30/09/2023||This gives you a joint membership to both Law Society and Bar Society for 2 years.|
|3-Year Membership (Joint membership for Bar Society & Law Society)||£35.00||30/09/2021 - 30/09/2024||This gives you membership to both Law Society and Bar Society for the duration of your course.|
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