The Bar of Ireland calls on aspiring barristers to apply for The Denham Fellowship

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Deadline for applications for the Fellowship is November 16th

10th November 2020: The Bar of Ireland is pleased to announce that it
is currently accepting applications The Denham Fellowship. Named after
the former Chief Justice, The Hon. Mrs. Justice Susan Denham, The
Denham Fellowship assists two aspiring barristers annually, from
socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, to pursue a career as a
barrister.

Aimed at encouraging more diversity in the legal profession, the
Fellowship was established in 2017 and is run by The Bar of Ireland in
association with The Honorable Society of King’s Inns. Denham Fellows
are provided with financial, educational and professional support from
point of entry to the Barrister-at-Law degree programme at the King’s
Inns all the way through their first four years of practice at the Law
Library culminating in a five year programme.

The significant supports to be provided include the following:

Waived Law Library Fees for the first four years of practice at The
Bar of Ireland, including the Entrance Fee;
Remission of fees to the Barrister-at-Law degree Programme at the
Kings Inns, including the Entrance Examination Fee and repeat
assessments;
An annual stipend of €6,000 for a period of minimum 5 years (6 years
for part-time students), commencing at the start of the
Barrister-at-Law degree programme, to go towards accommodation and
living expenses;
Three mentors to be assigned to each Denham Fellow for the duration of
the fellowship; one from the judiciary; one senior member of The Bar
of Ireland; one junior member of The Bar of Ireland;
Support in locating a Master for each year of devilling.

Rebecca Hanratty, from Castleblayney in Co Monaghan was a recipient of
the Denham Fellowship in 2019 and is currently in her first year of
practice at the Law Library. She said; “Being awarded The Denham
Fellowship was a life-changing experience for me because it’s allowed
me to access a career that I never thought I’d be able to pursue. From
the moment I began the Fellowship I felt so welcomed and supported by
my three mentors and the people I’ve worked with. It’s a fantastic
opportunity for students who want to pursue a career as a barrister
but may not have the financial means to do so.”

Chair of the Council of The Bar of Ireland, Maura McNally SC said; “I
believe it is critical to have as many different voices, backgrounds,
and perspectives as possible within the membership of The Bar of
Ireland because that helps us to represent all of the diverse
communities we serve.  The legal profession, like all professions,
should be reflective of wider society and while we are not there yet,
initiatives like the Denham Fellowship are an important step in the
right direction.”

Applications close at 5pm Monday 16th November 2020. Shortlisting will
take place in December/January with interviews taking place in
February 2021. Eligibility criteria* and application details are
available on www.lawlibrary.ie/The-Denham-Fellowsh

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