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Work Experience

We have been running a successful programme of work experience placements since spring 2001. We aim to give students on work placements a taste of work in a modern legal practice and busy office environment.

If you have any general enquiries then please email the work experience coordinator, Lindsay Clarke at to

Applications for 2020

Due to the high volume of applications received, we are not currently accepting further applications for our work experience placement scheme. Please note, if you have sent in a completed application for work experience, it is currently being considered. We will get back to all candidates as soon as we can to inform them of the outcome of their application. Please note, this will be at the beginning of November.

Applications for 2019

We are now fully booked for work experience placements for 2019.

Our work experience blog

Each work experience student is encouraged to tell us about their time at Matrix for the benefit of other students. You can read about it here.

About Matrix

Matrix is a legal practice that was set up in May 2000 to modernise the environment in which barristers work, and the way in which their professional practices are managed and developed. We work in an environment where diversity and accessibility are widely championed, and out-dated practice is challenged.


The duties students can expect to undertake during a work placement at Matrix include:

  • Completing basic legal exercises
  • Conducting legal research and writing legal reports
  • Learning about the roles of the staff team at Matrix
  • Helping to book travel arrangements
  • Taking barristers’ papers to court and observing them in action
  • Helping to set up events
  • Dealing with post
  • Other ad hoc administrative duties

Application Criteria

Our Work Experience programme is only open to those currently undertaking GCSE’s and/or A-Levels or equivalent.

We take two Work Experience students every other week. In selecting students for work experience, we actively seek to promote access to the profession and equal opportunities for those typically underrepresented at the Bar. Therefore, individuals who meet the following criteria will be prioritised in the application process for one of our two weekly placements:

  • Currently undertaking GCSE’s and/or A-Levels or equivalent.


  • Be from a family where neither of your parents went to university.
  • Be eligible, or have been eligible in the past, for free school meals, or come from a family on income support.
  • Be a member of an ethnic minority or a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession e.g. those with disabilities.

If you believe you meet the above criteria, and wish to be considered for one of these priority placements, please tick the appropriate box in the Application Form.

The second placement will remain accessible to all other students currently undertaking GCSE’s and/or A-Levels or equivalent.