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Aspiring Barristers' Book Club enables participants to discuss with other individuals and professionals interesting and thought-provoking literature covering a broad range of topics and writing styles.
Participating in Aspiring Barristers' Book Club provides a great opportunity for aspiring student barristers to enhance their oral advocacy skills in a relaxed environment by contributing to discussions alongside their peers. It also broadens one's reading choices by engaging with a variety of different literature including (but not limited to) books, novels, poems, graphic novels, journal articles, case Judgments and autobiographies.
Each Book Club meeting is chaired by either a Barrister, Solicitor, Judge or Academic and takes place on the last Thursday of each month (excluding December) at 6:30-7:30pm (unless informed otherwise). All Book Club discussions take place over Zoom and participants are sent the login details ahead of each meeting.
Attendees can find the Book Club Joining Pack here which includes further information about the Book Club itself and frequently asked questions.
If you are an aspiring student barrister who would like to participate in the Book Club's next meeting, please complete the Book Club Membership Registration form which can be found here.
Participants are asked to offer a book suggestion themselves at the time of joining that may then be used for subsequent Book Club meetings.
Participation in the Book Club is open to both Aspiring Barristers Members and non-Members.
The books to be discussed at each meeting for 2023 are as follows:
• 26th January 2023 - 'In Black and White: A Young Barrister's Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System' by Alexandra Wilson.
• 23rd February 2023 - 'Bewigged and Bewildered: A Guide to Becoming a Barrister in England and Wales' by Adam Kramer and Ian Higgins.
• 30th March 2023 - 'The Law in 60 Seconds: A Pocket Guide to Your Rights' by Christian Weaver.
• 27th April 2023 - 'Fake Law: The Truth About Justice in an Age of Lies' by The Secret Barrister.
• 25th May 2023 - 'Eve Was Framed: Women and British Justice' by Helena Kennedy KC.
• 29th June 2023 - 'The Devil's Advocate: A Spry Polemic on How to Be Seriously Good in Court' by Ian Morley KC.
• 27th July 2023 - 'In Your Defence: Stories of Life and Law' by Sarah Langford.
• 31st August 2023 - Is Eating People Wrong? Great Legal Cases and How They Shaped the World by Allan C. Hutchinson.
• 28th September 2023 - 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee.
• 26th October 2023 - 'The Path to Pupillage: A Guide For the Aspiring Barrister' by Georgina Wolfe and Alexander Robson.
• 30th November 2023 - 'The Rule of Law' by Tom Bingham.
• December 2023 – No Book Club meeting. Books for 2024 will be released in December.
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