Raising the Bar
GDL Scholarships - the ins and outs

GDL Scholarships - the ins and outs

March 17, 2020

In this episode current AGIS president and residential scholar, Harry Samuels, discusses GDL scholarships and his experiences with applying for scholarships at Gray's Inn.

With the GDL scholarship application window having opened yesterday, this is well worth listening to!

For more information on our scholarships visit: https://www.graysinn.org.uk/scholarships

Well Being at the Bar with Amy Oliver

Well Being at the Bar with Amy Oliver

March 9, 2020

If your brain is your business as a Barrister how do you safe guard it?

In this episode Elena chats to Amy Oliver about the particular challenges facing Barristers and how you can look after your mental health to enable you to be the best you can be as a Barrister. 

 

More information and advice available here https://www.wellbeingatthebar.org.uk/

Pupillage Interviews - some insights and tips

Pupillage Interviews - some insights and tips

February 17, 2020

In this episode Elena chats to Joel Semakula about tackling Pupillage Interviews. Joel made the reserve list seven times over 2 rounds of pupillage interviews before being offered pupillage third time round with his very first application.

Are they different from other interviews? Is there a difference between 1st round and 2nd round interviews and the questions asked? How can spreadsheets help? When should you start preparing? Joel shares his experiences, thoughts and tips.

Meet the Barrister: Kevin Gordon

Meet the Barrister: Kevin Gordon

February 3, 2020

How does one go from being a probation and aftercare officer in Jamaica, spend 6 years as a professional contemporary ballet dancer and end up as a specialist family law barrister?

Guest interviewer, Alana Hughes interviews Barrister Kevin Gordon on his interesting journey to get to the Bar.

 

 

 

 

Student Mentors

Student Mentors

January 20, 2020

Have you ever wondered what a student mentor does and how they can help you? This week Elena chats to student mentor, Rachel Barnes, on what made her decide to become a student mentor and what the benefits are for both the student and the mentor.

 

Senior Scholarships

Senior Scholarships

December 18, 2019

What is a Senior Scholarship? Who can apply? What should you consider when applying? Elena chats to Ruby Shrimpton, a Gray's Inn scholarship recipient, on all this and more in this episode.

Pupillage Application Tips

Pupillage Application Tips

December 2, 2019

The Pupillage Gateway opens for submissions on 7 January 2020 - a process fraught with tension and anxiety for most students. Just how does one go about submitting the best possible application for pupillage? How many chambers should you apply to? When do you know your application is ready to submit? 

In this episode our host Elena, chats to Gemma Walsh about her experiences and how she refined her application process with the help of an excel spreadsheet. Tune in to find out how she did it.

 

Gray’s Inn new LGBT+ Society

Gray’s Inn new LGBT+ Society

November 25, 2019

This year, Gray's Inn became the first of the Inns to have it's own LGBT+ Society. Gray's has long been celebrated as a diverse institution, welcoming students and barristers from around the world. The formation of the LGBT+ Society formalises the openness that is at the heart of the Inn.

 

This episode is guest-hosted by Gwyn Evans and Verity Bell, both committee members of the LGBT+ Society. Tune in to find out more about the Society and why it is so important to celebrate diversity.

 

Music Credit: Music: Motivate Me by Mixaund | https://mixaund.bandcamp.com

Debating in prisons & schools

Debating in prisons & schools

November 11, 2019

Today on Raising the Bar, Elena finds out about two of Gray’s Inn debating initiatives; Vocalise & Griffin. Vocalise is a student-led prison debating initiative administered by the Inn’s Education Department, while Griffin introduces secondary and sixth form students to the legal profession. Elena speaks to Joe, a former Vocalise mentor, and Hamsi, a former Griffin mentor, to find out why these initiatives are so important, and why you should get involved.   

https://www.graysinn.org.uk/joining/vocalise

https://www.graysinn.org.uk/joining/outreach/griffin-law

 

Music: Motivate Me by Mixaund | https://mixaund.bandcamp.com

Gray’s Inn BPTC Scholarships with Riaz Hussain QC

Gray’s Inn BPTC Scholarships with Riaz Hussain QC

October 20, 2019

The AGIS podcast Raising the Bar is up and running for the new academic year! In our first episode, AGIS publicity officer Elena Johnson speaks to Riaz Hussain QC, a member of our scholarships committee, about the process of applying for a Gray's Inn BPTC scholarship. If you're thinking of applying for a scholarship, or already have, this episode is for you. Packed with useful tips for both applications and interviews, it will guide you through what can seem quite a daunting task. Elena speaks of her experience of the application and interviews, and Riaz brings an opinion from the other side of the table, with what the panel are looking for within scholarship applications. What are you waiting for? Get listening!

 

 

Music: Motivate Me by Mixaund | https://mixaund.bandcamp.com