From Helmand to Holborn
Soldier-turned-law student Patrick Hennessey on how his experiences in Afghanistan helped him land a pupillage...Pupillage interviews are nerve-wracking at the best of times. They are never improved by the experience of desperately trying to remember what cases you mentioned in your application while your rivals chat about the dozens of mini-pupillages and endless hours of pro-bono work they've already done. In a number of such interviews last summer I would spot the eyebrows raise, ever so slightly, when I had to concede that I hadn't done any mini-pupillages, any clerking or even any mooting. All those little extras are bread and butter to an undergraduate law student planning to come to the Bar, but are out of the experience of most of those coming from another career, attempting to cram the conversion course into an already full working week and wondering what the hell they have let themselves in for.
Soldier-turned-law student Patrick Hennessey on how his experiences in Afghanistan helped him land a pupillage
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