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Pupillage

Who should apply?

The members of Crown Office Chambers pride themselves on their professionalism, and an astute and business-orientated awareness of the practical needs of solicitors and clients, combined with an approachable and ‘unstuffy’ attitude to their work. We look for the same in our pupils, all of whom are regarded as having strong tenancy potential. Pupils are welcomed as an integral part of chambers from the moment they arrive, and are expected to display the motivation, dedication and intelligence which are the hallmarks of a first-class barrister. Academically, we look for a first or upper second-class honours degree (not necessarily in law), and a flair for the oral and written presentation of complex legal arguments. You will be expected to work hard, and to show strong commitment to your work, but in a friendly and relaxed chambers environment.

Pupillage programme

Pupils sit with two pupil supervisors in their first six months, and one in their second, but are likely to work with a number of different members of chambers practising in different fields of work over the course of the year. They appear in court regularly during their second six, generally handling applications and small trials in the county courts, affording ample opportunity to develop advocacy skills. Chambers also organises a series of advocacy training sessions.

When to apply: By 30 April 2015 To begin: October 2016

How to apply

We do not accept applications through the Pupillage Gateway: we have our own application form downloadable from chambers’ website..

We adhere to the Pupillage Gateway timetable, so our closing date is 6 February 2017. You may submit your application form electronically or by post.  We then aim to interview between 35 and 45 candidates in our first round, before inviting around 12 candidates back to a second round interview. 

Sponsorship/funding

Up to three 12 month pupillages offered per year, at £65,000 (£55,000 award and £10,000 guaranteed earnings in the second six). Part of the award may be advanced during the BPTC year.

Mini-pupillages

Limited number of mini-pupillages in selected weeks throughout the year. Online application form downloadable from chambers’ website

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