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    I realise that many of the most prominent bar posters seem to have left the building over the last year, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice.

    I'm looking to take a gap year pre-BVC, to allow me 2 cracks at pupillage applications before committing to the BVC and its inherent costs.

    In terms of a gap year what do you think would be applicable from the perspective of hoping to join a common law set?

    Basically, I'm not sure what value the typical actvities (Amicus, UN, EU, various war crimes tribunals etc) add to this sort of application. [As opposed to criminal / human rights sets where they are certainly applicable].

    I realise that the Law Comission would be suitable, but this is unavailable to me as I didn't do law at undergraduate. Are there any similar options available to me.

    In summary, I don't want to be saying [in effect]: 'My daddy is rich so luckily I could afford to dance around the globe for a year doing interesting things.' I feel it would be more impressive to spend a year really demonstrating an interest in / aptitude for a certain area of the law.

    Thanks in advance.

    You could do loads of FRU cases. most people only do 1 or 2 but if you had time you coud do lots and move onto more difficult ones and i think that would stand out. That's what I would do anyway.
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