As the legal field has become more complex and the opportunities for obtaining pupillage reduce in number, making competition all the fiercer, the idea that 9 KBW should provide internship placements has evolved. From January 2013 9KBW put into place our intership programme, this offers offer a number of different and invaluable experiential opportunities for the law graduate or student with the goal of providing real world legal experience under the guidance of experienced barristers, clerks and solicitors.
Internships are offered for a minimum period of three months and up to a maximum of six months. Internship is unpaid but Chambers will fund travel expenses in and around London and for travel to conference venues.
Legal internships provide an opportunity for those who may be unable to secure pupillage or those considering a future career at the Bar, to increase their knowledge of substantive areas of law, gain exposure to a real work environment and provide valuable support to our set of Chambers. You will learn new lessons every day: about the law, life at the Bar with all of its benefits and its pitfalls and what it feels like to be a part of the committed team that is at the heart of 9KBW.
Chambers interns perform a wide range of duties, under supervision by members, including reviewing briefs, and other documents; legal research, assisting in the drafting of opinions and advices, observing and note taking during conferences and attending at court with members to observe and assist during proceedings.
In addition to the work done with members the intern will be given an insight into the daily management of Chambers clerking and administration, spending time dealing with enquiries, observing the work of a busy clerks room and being trained and guided by the Senior Clerk in all aspects of the job.
There will also be the opportunity for spending time with Solicitors at their offices to observe and assist in the daily workload.
Applicants for internships must be highly motivated individuals who have the following qualities and skills:
• be able to work independently and on his/her own initiative
• have excellent interpersonal skills
• good IT knowledge and ability to use Microsoft Word, e-mail and internet
• have experience of undertaking internet-based research using different legal source websites.
In order to apply please send your CV, 2 reference letters and a covering letter setting out why you believe that you would benefit from an internship and what you may be able to offer 9 KBW in return. Please include your dates of availability and email to;