9SJS Access Award

A commitment to promoting equality and diversity at the Bar as well as taking pro-active steps to support and encourage social mobility are incredibly important to us. We want to encourage as many people as possible, from a variety of different backgrounds, to consider the Bar as a viable career choice. To that end, we are delighted to be able to offer the 9SJS Access Award and 9SJS Young Person Access Award in 2023.

The 9SJS Access Award is open to candidates aged 19 and over.

The 9SJS Young Person Access Award is open to candidates aged between 16-18.

Your age category is determined by reference to your age as at 1st January 2023.


Applications for our 9SJS Access Award and 9SJS Young Person Access Award 2023 are open. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17th February 2023.

 

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The 9SJS Access Award and 9SJS Young Person Access Award gives the successful applicants the following opportunities:

  • A mini-pupillage with Chambers at date to suit the applicants (between 2-5 days) with reasonable travel expenses covered;
  • Shadowing a Judge with reasonable travel expenses covered;
  • A 121 advocacy coaching session with a Barrister;
  • A CV and application clinic with a Barrister (not to include specific tips on our pupillage application process);
  • A conversation with a Senior Clerk
  • A conversation with a King's Counsel (KC); and
  • A dedicated mentor from our Chambers for a year (this will not include assistance with applying to our Chambers for pupillage).

In honour of our colleague and valued member of Chambers, Mr Simon Temple, successful applicants will also receive the Memorial Temple Bursary of £500.00.

Winners of the Award will be able to select which opportunities they would like to participate in.

Wherever possible, the above opportunities will be offered remotely.

For the mini-pupillage and judicial shadowing, reasonable travel expenses will be covered.

Applications for the 9SJS Access Award are open to anyone who, as of 1st January 2023, is aged 19 and over.

Applications for the 9SJS Young Person Access Award are open to anyone who, as of 1st January 2023, is aged between 16-18.

If you have a pupillage offer and/or have started pupillage at the time of the deadline for applications (17th February 2023) you will be ineligible to participate in the scheme.

To apply, we would like you to answer the following question in no more than 350 words:

Why should you be the recipient of the 9SJS Access Award or 9SJS Young Person Access Award?

You must state on your application the number of words you have used. Applications which exceed the 350 word limit will be disqualified.

We are able to receive applications by email, audio or video recording.

Please send your application including your name, age, word count, email address, contact telephone number and an Equality and Diversity Questionnaire to access@9sjs.com by 5pm on 17th February 2023.

  • Answers to the question in no more than 350 words total
  • Your word count
  • Your full name
  • Your age
  • Your email address
  • A contact telephone number
  • If you would like to, we would also invite you to complete and return our Equality & Diversity Questionnaire.

We are able to receive applications before the deadline to access@9sjs.com by:

  • Written email
  • Verbal recording
  • Video recording

Your application will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Focus/relevance: has the question been answered (10)
  • Persuasiveness (10)
  • Personal relevance (can the candidate draw from personal experience to explain/justify their answer) (15)
  • Style (5)

After the deadline, applications will be reviewed and scored by members of our Chambers.

A shortlist of ten candidates will be invited to an online interview.

The winners of the 9SJS Access Award and 9SJS Young Person Access Award will be notified by email as soon as possible after the last interview has taken place.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17th February 2023.

Regrettably we will not be able to provide any feedback on applications or online interviews.

We are asking applicants to complete an Equality & Diversity Questionnaire. This is optional and will remain anonymous. The data collected will not form any part of scoring the applications. By returning the Questionnaire you are consenting to us using your data in accordance with our Data Protection Policy which you can find here.

If we can offer any reasonable adjustments to the application process please just let us know by email to amy.smith@9sjs.com at least 5 clear working days before the deadline of 17th February 2023.

All ten candidates who are invited to the online interviews will be asked in advance to confirm any reasonable adjustments which we could make.

Similarly, we will endeavour to accommodate any reasonable adjustments for the winner to fulfil all of the available opportunities.

Wherever possible the opportunities available will be offered remotely.

We understand not everybody will be able to attend in person or travel at this time. We are committed to working collaboratively and pro-actively with our Access Award winners to ensure they get as much out of the Award as is possible.