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Atlantic Chambers breaking down the barriers

28/01/14

Pegasus Access Scheme

Atlantic Chambers has become a partner in an innovative work experience scheme to encourage social mobility and diversity in the barrister profession.

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, one of the four barrister Inns of Court, launched the scheme in March 2012 to ensure that all students with the capability and determination to pursue a career at the Bar have the opportunity to undertake work experience, known as 'mini-pupillages', in barristers' chambers, regardless of their background or personal networks.

The Inns of Court work with schools and universities across England and Wales to promote awareness of the opportunities available at the modern Bar and the Pegasus Access Scheme is the largest co-ordinated scheme of its kind.

It matches high-achieving students from under-represented backgrounds with 61 leading sets of Chambers, with Atlantic Chambers being the only one from Liverpool on the list.

Martin Mensah, Equalities and Diversity Officer of Atlantic Chambers said "It's an innovative and important scheme that is helping to make the legal profession more inclusive and opening career paths for those who might not otherwise have had the opportunity or links into the profession.  We are delighted to help break down those barriers.  Our adoption of this scheme will help aspiring youngsters in Liverpool to decide whether a life at the Bar is for them.  If it is, then having work experience from these Chambers will be an excellent addition to their CV." 

Mini-pupillages are open to those who have previously participated in, or have been eligible for, other Inner Temple social mobility programmes such as Pathways to Law or the Inner Temple Schools Project.  Eligible candidates are those who meet the majority of the following criteria:

  • Achieved or is predicted to achieve a 2.1 degree in law or non-law subject
  • Can demonstrate inter-personal and motivational skills
  • Is the first generation in their family to go on to higher education
  • Attended a state school between the ages of 11 - 18 or the majority of that period. Preference is given to those students who have attended schools with a low attainment and progression to higher education
  • Received free school meals or, while at school, parents were in receipt of either income support or housing benefits
  • Was in care at any point in their schooling