Mentoring schemes

Social Mobility Foundation

Monckton Chambers provides internships to young people via the placement scheme operated by the Social Mobility Foundation, a charity which aims to improve social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds

Pegasus Access Scheme (PASS)

We also participate in Bar’s Pegasus Access Scheme (PASS), a centrally coordinated work experience programme that aims to support those from diverse backgrounds to consider a career at the Bar. The Scheme is administered by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple for the Bar of England and Wales. It is part of the Inns of Court’s work to encourage and support diversity and social mobility in the profession.

Monckton Chambers along with 9 others sets run a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar. The purpose of the scheme is to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Details can be found on our Students and Pupillage page here.

Mentoring for Underrepresented Groups: A Scheme Run by COMBAR

Monckton Chambers along with 9 others sets run a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar.

The purpose of the scheme is to support and encourage individuals from groups which are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) to pursue careers as barristers. Those underrepresented groups include women; people from minority ethnic backgrounds; people with disabilities; LGBT+ people; people who spent time in care; and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

The scheme will run between October 2022 and May 2023. It is open to all undergraduates and graduates from groups that are underrepresented at the Bar of England and Wales (and in particular the commercial bar) and who do not yet have a pupillage offer.

Successful applicants to join the scheme will be allocated a mentor, who will be a member of one of the participating sets of chambers. In addition to Monckton, the following Chambers are taking part this year: Blackstone, Brick Court, Essex Court, Fountain Court, Gatehouse, Keating, 7 King’s Bench Walk, One Essex Court and 3 Verulam Buildings.

As part of the scheme, mentees will be offered:

  • Between three and five one-on-one meetings with their mentor
  • A workshop on applications for pupillage
  • Subject to COVID-19 restrictions, one or more social events for mentors, mentees and members of the participating sets of chambers.

Further information on the scheme, including the email address for the application form, can be found here and the application form here.

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