Don't worry you've got plenty of time!
Your time frame will be this:
November 2012 for scholarships.
January 2013 for BPTC
January 2013 onwards for non-OLPAS Pupillage starting 2014.
March/April 2013 for OLPAS pupillage starting 2014.
May 2013 deadline to join an Inn of Court.
Notes on these:
Join an Inn of court by May 31 2013 - but good to do this at the start of your third year so you can apply for a scholarship which have November 2012 deadlines (the 5th I believe).
Apply for the BPTC by January 2013 (again, I think it is the 12th but a quick google will let you know). You apply for this via the Bar Professional Training website. (Make sure you know who you want to give you references and ensure they are available/OK with it). Obviously spend some time before this preparing your application - don't start it last minute.
You can choose to apply for pupillage in 2013 to get your foot in the door regarding interviews, but bear in mind the difficulty of securing pupillage (for 2014 after you finish your BPTC) from applications made pre-BPTC.
These are made April/March via the Pupillage Portal: OLPAS - up to 12 applications. For non-OLPAS sets (as not all have signed up to it) some applications are needed from January onwards, research a bit. You can apply to as many sets which are non-OLPAS as you like in your desired field.
The only thing time-wise you should be thinking about is getting some mini-pupillages under your belt. If you have time over the summer, apply to various sets and see whether you can get between 3 days and 2 weeks 'shadowing' barristers.
If I've missed anything out, please feel free to correct me.
Last edited by tnedutS waL; 12-06-2012 at 15:07.