Call of the bar
The Bar faces a tough challenge in increasing accessibility at a time of rising educational costs, while maintaining its competitive edge in the market for top graduates. Young Barristers' Committee chair Nicola Howard tells Jan Harvey how she rats the profession's attractions for the next generation
Perhaps surprisingly given her position as the head of the Young Barristers’ Committee, Nicola Howard says she had never considered a career in law as a student. “At that stage I didn’t even know you could be a lawyer if you hadn’t done law at university,” she says. “And from my family background, I didn’t even think I could afford to train as a lawyer.” For those considering a career in the rarefied environment of the Bar, such uncertainty is hardly unusual.
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