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Work Experience


We accept school and college students between the ages of 14 and 18 for work experience, for a period of one or (preferably) two weeks.

We prioritise students from local state schools in central and east London. Applications should be made via your school / college, to our Office Manager, Arthur Chikara.

The work experience we offer is relevant to students whose interest lie in one or more of the following areas:

  • Becoming a lawyer
  • Clerking (behind the scenes management of barrister’s work)
  • Finance and fee collection
  • Front of house, reception and telephony work
  • Marketing and administration

Students will spend most of their time in chambers working alongside members of staff. They will visit the Royal Courts of Justice with the junior clerks and it may be possible for them to attend court with a barrister.

The nature of the work will vary according to the staff team but could include distributing post, filing, learning to use copying and fax machines, packaging parcels, stock-taking, sitting on reception, helping out with events and projects.

More experienced students may be encouraged to make telephone calls, serve clients, undertake work on Excel or Word or take on a specific piece of work. All students will be supervised throughout their work experience.

Feedback

“Thanks very much for your email. The programme you put together seems to have been a great success as we had some very positive feedback from those attending. I think you struck just the right balance for the visit”.

Gillian Dollamore, Bar Council

“Thank you for a fantastic week of work experience. I had a really useful (and enjoyable) time at Outer Temple which will be a great help during the university application process. I particularly enjoyed going to court and getting to talk to barristers.”

“The placement was fantastic and I really value the experience. I have nothing negative to say about my time at Outer Temple Chambers”.

“Before coming to Outer Temple Chambers I was unsure what to expect, however I was looking forward to gaining an insight into how Chambers worked and I had my fingers crossed for a visit to the Royal Courts of Justice. Despite having my week of work experience at one of the quietest times of the year (as many people would tell me throughout the week) I still had an enjoyable and busy time. The tasks given to me were varied and included sorting post (harder than it might appear, at least at first!), visiting the Royal Courts of Justice with Matt a Junior Clerk, working on various Word documents and completing research on regulation and development in the legal market. I also had the chance to sit behind the reception desk, as Michael the receptionist explained the role and showed me how the telephone system operated. Which I’m glad is not my job as it looked quite complicated! I would definitely and wholeheartedly recommend applying for a work experience place if you have any interest in working in Chambers. Finally I would like to thank the people in Chambers for being so welcoming and friendly and for answering any questions I had.”

Helena (17, Cambridgeshire – August 2013)

The Lawyer Portal

The Lawyer Portal (TLP) is an ‘all in one’ website for anyone considering a career in law, whatever their stage or background. Whether your interest lies in qualifying as a barrister, chartered legal executive, solicitor or paralegal, you may find it of interest to visit The Lawyer Portal at www.thelawyerportal.com.

Disability Confident Employer

Chambers is a Disability Confident employer. As users of the disability confident scheme, we encourage applicants with a disability to apply to us for advertised vacancies and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. The Disability Confident scheme is operated by the Department of Work and Pensions of the UK government.