At Black Antelope Law we do not offer jobs, but opportunities.
We are a close-knit team of individuals and you can read more about the values which bring us together here.
We have set out below the opportunities currently being offered and the relevant procedure for those who wish to take advantage of them.
Work Experience (including Mini-Pupillage)
Black Antelope Law is committed to increasing diversity and equality of opportunity in the legal profession.
The practice does not discriminate on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sex or sexual orientation. The practice is committed to acting to advance equality of opportunity to reduce the inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage and is a partner of the Inner Temple’s Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (“PASS”).
In addition to PASS, we offer up to 8 work experience placements per calendar year, normally for a maximum of 3 days: usually consecutive. The practice will, however, endeavour to make reasonable adjustments where required to, in order to take account of the circumstances of individual applicants.
The practice sees placements as a vital component in learning about life at the Bar and the legal profession more generally.
The nature of our work requires that matters remain confidential. By applying to the practice, all applicants agree to keep all client matters they learn about during their work experience placement confidential.
We encourage applications from women, members of minority ethnic origin, people with disabilities, those who are LGBTQ+, as well as candidates from other groups that are underrepresented in the legal sector including those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In considering applications to the practice, we will take account of our power under s.159 Equality Act 2010 to take lawful positive action to advance equality of participation.
Application is by way of a CV and covering letter to: [email protected]
The covering letter (which should be no more than a side of A4) should set out:
- Dates of availability;
- Whether there are any particular areas or departments of the practice that they are interested in; and
- How the applicant satisfies the practice’s ethos of innovation and/or transformation.
The nature of practice means that we cannot guarantee that any particular areas of work will be taking place on any particular day; we will, however, do our best to place you in areas in which you express an interest.
Where all the places for the year have been filled, a notice will be posted on our website to that effect and applications will not be considered or retained once all placement positions have been filled for the particular calendar year.
Pupillage at Black Antelope Law is offered on the basis of annualised hours over a period of the equivalent of 12 months. As a result, candidates are given the flexibility to complete pupillage part-time, full-time but over a condensed period of a combination of both.
Each application for pupillage is marked “blind” with reference to the candidate’s name, sex, age and University removed. This is to ensure there is no subsconscious bias during the application during the application assessment. We score candidates on a prescribed points-based system under the following categories:
Candidates will be required to meet the minimum undergraduate grade requirement for the BTPC (or its predecessor) – currently a 2:2. Intellectual ability will also be assessed throughout the entire application process, including the questionnaire, the written and/or oral advocacy exercises, the interview, and an assessed mini-pupillage for final round candidates. We value the ability to transfer the knowledge learnt at University; in employment and/or through life experience to practical situations, which is why we assess this criterion in this way.
Please note that to be eligible to apply for pupillage, you will need to have completed the GDL (if relevant) and the BPTC prior to commencing pupillage.
Motivations and Prospects for a Career at the Employed Bar
In assessing applicants, we look for individuals who:
- Demonstrate a clear interest and motivation for working in the legal profession and who possess a particular interest in both written and oral advocacy
- Can analyse and research further information to support decisions
- Have the ability to think clearly under pressure
- Have a demonstrable commitment to personal development and who, with training, can develop into a competent advocate in accordance with the Professional Statement for Barristers
- Are able to work collaboratively and develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders
In assessing applications, we look for the following attributes and qualities:
- Team-working skills
- Leadership skills
- Management and organisational skills
- Willingness to learn
Our application process is as set out below; candidates will need to pass each stage to progress to the next stage.
- Pupillage Questionnaire and Covering Letter
- Written Assignment
- Assessed mini-pupillage
What to Expect During Pupillage
In order to take account of the individual circumstances of successful candidate(s) who may, for example, be undertaking their pupillage part-time or based on annualised hours, we are mindful of being overly prescriptive in our pupillage arrangements.
However, pupils can generally expect to be supervised by at least two members of our legal team during the course of their pupillage training. Pupils will be expected to undertake work for the firm’s clients during the non-practising period of pupillage by supporting the firm’s lawyers in a paralegal role and undertaking some limited advocacy for internal clients in accordance with Schedule 3, Legal Services Act 2007. During the practising period, pupils can continue to expect to work with the firm’s internal clients whilst exercising a wider range of rights of audience; as well as providing advocacy to external legal firms and organisations.
A full pupillage training programme is provided to candidates in advance of the start of their training so that any requests for reasonable adjustments or other changes which meet our policy objectives of flexibility, accessibility and affordability can be properly considered and necessary changes made accordingly.
At the End of Pupillage
During the last three months of pupillage, a pupil will be granted time off to attend external interviews and will also be informed about our internal application process and key dates and deadlines.
We only offer pupillages with a view to making an offer of employment if a pupil successfully completes their period of training and is able to satisfy the job specification. Nevertheless, we understand that pupils may wish to explore opportunities elsewhere, including pursuing a career outside of the employed and self-employed Bar, and we endeavour to support our pupils as best we can by providing non-partisan advice and sources of help.