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Courts are not the only channel for barristers who love advocacy: for Jeremy Robson, teaching the BVC holds all the thrills, challenges and satisfaction of practising at the Bar

1 December 2009

Few people are lucky enough to end up doing the job they thought they would be doing when they were a child. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t thinking about being a lawyer. When I told people this was my plan it was usually met with “oh yes I can see you as a Rumpole”. It was only later that I realised this was an allusion to my waistline rather than my powers of oratory.

It was once I started on my law degree that I began to have doubts. Was this for me? Could I really hack it? Fortunately there were two epiphanies in my second year. The first was taking part in, and subsequently winning, the university mooting competition; the second was doing a series of mini-pupillages. This re-affirmed my intent. Before I knew it, I was a member of the Middle Temple and on my way to London to do the BVC.

Like many students in my year, I left the Inns of Court School of Law without a pupillage. However, by using my free time to do some stints with the Citizens Advice Bu...

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