Help Me To Become A Barrister

Help me raise £12,100 for my tuition fees to study the BPTC at Law School

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About me

My name is Pamela Okende, I am a mum to three lovely 'little monsters' and have an adoring hubby. I love music and dance - I think that it's route coded in my blood and veins, thanks to my African heritage.

I love being social with family and friends as well as with virtual people. I'm an absolute movie nutter who loves rom-coms as well as action packed films. I thrive on defying negative statistics about my background. My dream is to leave a lasting legacy to inspire young women (particularly young mums) to achieve highly - despite their past or present circumstances.

In 2012, heavily pregnant, completed an undergraduate degree in Law with First Class Honours and now I aspire to become a barrister. I am serious about pursuing a career at the bar and keen to become a member of this prestigious profession. As a barrister, I will have opportunities to influence and shape the development of the law. Human rights, housing, social security, immigration, crime, company and contract law are my interests. The thought of being privileged to influence the justice system as a barrister excites me.

As a woman of refugee background and a mother of three children - I am passionate to ensure that the fundamental principles of law are upheld. In whichever legal area I practice, I am determined that its principles - that none is above it, and the well-being of citizens are paramount - will be maintained.

Law is a very competitive career, and for this reason I have been proactive in seeking and gaining relevant experiences to enhance my position. For example, I undertook work experience at chambers in London, shadowing barristers, attending court and learning first hand, best practice first hand for a successful legal career. I have had valuable opportunity also to marshal a judge at a criminal court. During this experience I sat on the bench with a judge and observed several criminal trials and witnessed excellent and courteous advocacy.

Since May 2014 I have been volunteering with an organisation that offers free legal advice and representation. Cases I have taken on include those where disability or ill health allowances have been stopped by a government department. I prepare the arguments for reinstatement of the applicable allowances and present the case at appeal hearings using the relevant rules and regulations.

My success and enjoyment of experiences have really confirmed my career choice. They have given me a holistic view of life as a barrister and I LOVE IT!!

About My Project

I am crowd funding to cover the remaining cost of my tuition fees to study on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). Upon completion I will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills, which is the requirement to be called to the Bar and to begin practice.

In 2014 I was offered a place to study on the course, however after having missed out on crucial scholarships, I deferred my start date until September 2015. Fortunately, this year I have been awarded with a £5,000 scholarship which has reduced the overall tuition fees. Together with the £400 deposit I have already paid, the remaining cost of the tuition fee is £12,100.

I am determined not to miss out again this year after having secured one of the two scholarships which were available. Following a competitive application process, this scholarship award has recognised my academic achievements so far, dedication to the career and contribution to the wider community. I have exhausted all other options to raise the money through other bursaries, grants and scholarships. I plan to borrow very little to assist with living costs.

This project is really important to me because when I qualify I will be the FIRST lawyer in my family. More than a qualification, this achievement will inspire others to aspire despite anything because if I -  Pamela from a refugee background, a young mum with three kids, with limited financial resources can do it, then anyone can. Your generosity and support of my project will contribute towards getting this message across and opening up opportunities which are typically limited to the elite and wealthy.

Where will the money go?

All funding raised will go towards the tuition fees and be paid directly to the law school.

£17,500 - is the total cost of the course

£400 - is how much I paid as a deposit in 2014 

£5,000 - is the Scholarship amount I have been awarded as a fee reduction

£12,100 - is what's left to pay!!

Any extra funds raised above my target will go towards travel expenses and other costs associated with my studies.

Thank you for your generosity, and for helping me to succeed.


To thank you for your donation, I have some fab rewards to offer including a chance to attend my prestigious 'Call to the Bar' ceremony. Check out the list alongside my pitch.

Find Me here

For updates during my fundraising campaign, you can follow me on:

Instagram: @pam_ela87

Help ME succeed!

You don't need to give money to help me succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support me – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, even as a message in a bottle :) 

Share it with everyone you know as the more people who know about it, the more likely I will reach my target. 

And I know I said you don't need to give money to help us, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen.

1 year, 10 months ago

Hello Everyone

Thank you all for supporting my project by pledging and sharing my story. I'm glad to let you know that I have now successfully registered onto the BPTC.

I'm a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. So, although we didn't hit the £12,000 target - your contributions along with the scholarship were enough to secure my place onto year one of the part time course.

I completed the registration yesterday evening at City Law School and collected my first year course materials.

The part time BPTC will allow me the flexibility to balance studying with family life, work and seeking out further legal experiences. Although it will take me a little while longer than planned to get my call to the Bar, I will have all the benefit of undertaking the course at this pace.

Connect with me on social media and keep up with my progress.

Once again thank you all for your support - truly you have helped me along on my journey to becoming a barrister.

Kindest regards

Pamela Okende

1 year, 10 months ago

It's only the end of the crowd fund...

So, here we are at the end of the campaign. Despite not reaching the the £12,100 target, this project has been a great success.  

Each of you, by pledging and sharing have helped me raise £1451 for my BPTC tuition fees. That's amazing and without your support I wouldn't have raised this much. 

If you are wondering what next - rest assured that this is not the end of my dream. Now more than ever - I am really determined to undertake the BPTC and qualify as a barrister. 

Enrolment is on 21 September 2015 and a lot can happen between now and then. After all what do we have without faith and hope?! 

Everything raised will go towards the fees!!  

When I do go and enrol, a piece of you all will be with me and for that support I am eternally grateful.  

Watch this space for the forthcoming final update... 

1 year, 11 months ago
1 year, 11 months ago

Hi Everyone 

What a journey so far, I'm so pleased that we have raised a new milestone of 7% funded.

Also how amazing is this...349 tweets about my project!!

Did you know that 'Help Me Become A Barrister' campaign is on Facebook, please like the page and invite others along also:

Please keep sharing and following my progress - 20 Days to Go!!

#helpmebecomeabarrister #socialmobility

1 year, 11 months ago

Support via twitter from the Bar Council and Sophia Cannon #blessed

1 year, 11 months ago

4 days In...

I'm humbled by the interest thus far, people known and unknown have been in touch with supportive messages.

My favourite comment this week has been "fortune favours the brave"

I am hopeful that I can reach my target pledge of £12,100 and all thanks goes to you generous bunch who have donated and shared - because of you - we have thus far raise £200.

Keep on sharing!!

twitter: @Pam87UK

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