In Profile with – Carla Rawlinson, Acting Programme Leader, BPTC Leeds
At BPP University Law School you will benefit from being taught by legal professionals who have pursued careers at leading law firms and chambers. This means as a student you get real world professional experience from day one.
This year we are proud to celebrate our 10 year anniversary of the BPTC in Leeds and with that in mind we profile Acting Programme Leader for the BPTC in Leeds, Carla Rawlinson.
Carla has worked in house at DWF LLP and, after completing pupillage, practised at KBW Chambers in Leeds, predominantly specialising in family law and crime. She is an ATC accredited advocacy tutor and is an accredited civil and commercial mediator. Carla is a member of the Middle Temple and North Eastern Circuit. She joined BPP University Law School in 2014.
Carla Rawlinson, Acting Programme Leader for BPTC,
BPP University Law School Leeds
LLB (hons) and LLM from the University of Birmingham
Why did you want to become a barrister?
I have always had a passion for Advocacy and really wanted to do something that made a real difference to people’s lives. I sat in court when I was a student at school and watched barristers in action; I found them to be hugely inspirational and from then on sought as much legal work experience as possible.
What was your most memorable moment as a barrister?
This has to be when I was instructed to conduct my first trial. I received the brief at 6pm the day before the trial was supposed to begin, there were 6 prosecution witnesses, several defence witnesses and it was listed for 3 days. I had already signed up to attend a case mess that evening, which I couldn’t cancel so I went to that and then stayed up all night preparing for the trial. On day 3, the Defendant was acquitted. It was the best feeling ever.
What is the one piece of advice you would give someone who thinking about the BPTC or a career at the bar?
Get some legal experience, whether it be mini-pupillages, working in a law firm, marshalling or just sitting at the back of court and watching barristers in action. Experiencing the work that barristers do and talking to them about the profession is the only way to know whether it’s the right profession for you.
What do you enjoy most about teaching on the BPTC in Leeds?
I enjoy getting to know each and every student on the course. I remember how much I grew when I studied on the Bar Course and it is so rewarding to see how committed and talented our students are. Nothing makes me happier than when our students succeed.