‘The Mini-Pupillage Workbook’ by David Boyle
Published: December 2019
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Mini-pupillage and legal work experience is a key part of the progression from law student to legal professional. You may already know your preferred career path. You may only have a vague interest in law. Either way, seeing the various aspects of the profession at first hand is vital.
Unfortunately, those placements are heavily over-subscribed and what you gain is often a matter of chance. All too often you’re expected to learn by osmosis.
Committed to educating the next generations of lawyers, David Boyle has personally taken over 1,000 mini-pupils over the last 24 years. He was Head of Mini-Pupillage at Deans Court Chambers from 2010 to 2016, offering as many people as possible the opportunity to gain critical insight not only into the day to day work of, but also the mind-set of, a busy lawyer and advocate.
This book contains his 12 key lessons for any prospective lawyer, providing a discreet, original, practical guide to problem-solving and your personal development as a lawyer, whether you want to be a barrister or not.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David Boyle read Law at Churchill College, Cambridge before joining Deans Court Chambers in Manchester, initially as a pupil, in 1995. He has a thriving practice across a broad spectrum of complex, high value, high profile and unusual multi-track personal injury claims, lectures at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and spent 6 years as Head of Mini-Pupillage at Deans Court.
Always approachable, he has a particular appreciation of the need for clients to understand their litigation, no matter what the complexities, and has a reputation for clarity and forensic rigour in both his written and oral advocacy.
“His ability to explain complex matters in a simple way is a real asset.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
How to Use This Book
PART ONE – THE PERSONAL
The Four Questions to Answer
The Dreaded CV
PART TWO – THE PROFESSIONAL
Rules of Three
Problems with Problems
The Balance of Power
PART THREE – THE MOTIVATIONAL
Importance to Client
Who to Impress
Not Worth It