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Linenhall partnership produces first mini-pupillages

Two undergraduate students are amongst the first to benefit from Bangor Law School’s burgeoning partnership with Linenhall Chambers, having secured mini-pupillages with the prestigious Barristers’ Chambers.  

Bronwen Hughes and Elliot Riley-Walsh were selected following an open competition co-ordinated by Mr Mark Hyland, lecturer in law, which will see them undertake a week-long placement shadowing barristers who work from Linenhall Chambers, Chester.

Mini-pupillages are an invaluable addition to any law student’s CV. They provide an insight into the career of a barrister and offer the opportunity to build some important contacts. Places are highly competitive and those offered to Bangor students by Linenhall were no exception.

“Through their strong and well thought through applications, Bronwen Hughes and Elliot Riley-Walsh showed their determination to work in the law, particularly at the Bar”, commented Mark Hyland. “Both successful applicants have been heavily involved in the mooting activities of the Law School and both took the opportunity earlier this year to shadow one of Linenhall Chambers’ junior counsel at Mold Crown Court.” 

Elliot, from Pentraeth, Anglesey, sees the mini-pupillage as an opportunity to ascertain whether he has what it takes to meet his career goals. “I hope to become a barrister at the criminal Bar, as I want to be the voice of someone who doesn’t have one and to fight their case and give them a fair trial”, says the second-year LLB Law student. “This will be a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand the day-to-day work of a barrister.”

First-year LLB Law student Bronwen, from Wrexham, also hopes to become a barrister. “I applied for the mini-pupillage as I wanted to experience life at the Bar. I'm really excited to gain a wide variety of experiences and to confirm that the Bar is where my future lies.”

Publication date: 8 May 2014