Who we help

Who we help

We aim to assist the advocates of today and inspire the advocates of tomorrow. We support talented students who might otherwise be unable to come to the Bar due to financial constraints, lack of opportunity and the prohibitive costs of vocational training. We encourage those of conspicuous ability but limited means.

Our initiatives help individuals at every stage of education and initial career development, from primary school students to junior criminal barristers.

Our education outreach programme provides bespoke training in educational establishments, exploring the skills of the lawyer, which are useful to all. We teach and mentor teenagers as they make the leap from school to university and beyond. We assist with UCAS and Oxbridge applications, and we offer Masters courses to further develop students legal knowledge.

Once an individual has undertaken their law degree and Bar Professional Training Course (and in some instances, pupillage), we offer internships at some of the world’s most prestigious legal organisations. We offer an essay prize for pupils in criminal practice, which is pound-for-word one of the most lucrative in this country. We also offer an intensive advocacy course which pushes and polishes to world-class standards.

Who we help

Kalisher awards

The Kalisher Trust awards are designed to encourage older students who are intending to, or already practising at the Criminal Bar. All applicants must demonstrate “exceptional promise but modest means” and will be judged against the Trust’s criteria for awards. Amongst the qualities we look for in candidates are:

  • Intellectual ability: demonstrated by academic performance, past work, activities and other experience
  • Motivation to succeed at the Criminal Bar: including steps taken to acquire the personal skills required of a Barrister, and a demonstration of the will to succeed
  • Potential as an advocate: both in oral and written skills
  • Personal qualities: including self-reliance, independence, integrity, reliability and humanity
  • Financial need: candidates may be asked to supply to the interview panel, in confidence, information demonstrating financial need

For more information about the Kalisher awards, please click here.