Last month[linkme] we announced that two undergraduates were chosen for the Middle Temple Access to the Bar scheme. We asked Anaum Riaz (LMH), one of the students who was selected, to tell us how she got on:
"This summer I was lucky enough to take part in the Middle Temple Access to the Bar Scheme designed for students from atypical backgrounds interested in going to the bar. As part of the scheme, I spent a week completing a mini-pupillage at 1 Chancery Lane Chambers and a week marshalling a judge at Blackfriars Crown Court. I was offered accommodation in Middle Temple Lodgings in central London, which gave me the chance to really get a feel for the place. During the mini-pupillage I got the chance to see a medical negligence trial, which I hear are actually quite rare! It was fascinating to see the barristers examining and cross-examining lay and expert witnesses. I was also given a tour around Middle Temple and various courts, including the Royal Courts of Justice. I spent the second week sitting with a judge in the Crown Court. The week consisted of a case involving possession of offensive weapons in public. It was very interesting to contrast this with the civil trial I had been watching the week before. It was also great to get the opportunity to speak with various judges on topics such as how they go about deciding cases and writing judgements. I had an absolutely fantastic experience and was able to meet people I would never otherwise have come across. I would definitely recommend applying for the scheme to anyone thinking of going to the bar!"