The International Professional and Legal Development Grant Programme 2011 - call for applicants

Bar European Group (BEG), the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), the Criminal Bar Association (CBA), the London Common Law and Commercial
Bar Association (LCLCBA) and the Technology and Construction Bar Association (TECBAR) have joined forces with the Bar Council’s International Committee to offer their members of seven years’ Call or less, who are in employed or self-employed practice, financial assistance to participate in international legal events and conferences of their choice, taking place before the end of 2011, which they can demonstrate will contribute to their professional development and legal practice.



Under this programme the cost of participating in such events is shared equally between the applicant, his or her SBA and the Bar Council Scholarships Trust. The grant programme thereby funds up to two thirds of the cost of participating in an international legal event. It aims to encourage more junior barristers to participate in activities which will give them an international perspective on legal issues and hence help them thrive in an increasingly globalised legal market. In return for the financial support the successful applicants commit to disseminating the knowledge and experience among junior members of his or her SBA. It is hoped that other SBAs will join this programme in due course.

The programme began in 2009 and in 2010 11 junior barristers were awarded grants and participated in conferences, seminars and internships in Greece, Portugal, Vancouver, the USA, the United Arab Emirates and France.

This year’s application deadlines are 5pm on 27 May or 30 September. One application round already took place in February.

For more information and directions on how to apply for the programme please visit the following web page:
http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/aboutthebarcouncil/international/Forthcomin....

Any queries as to the application process and administration of the programme should be directed to International Projects Officer, Sarah Richardson SRichardson@BarCouncil.org.uk.

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