We want you to succeed. In line with our reputation as a progressive set, we have developed a well-structured and challenging pupillage programme. Our aim is to ensure that a pupillage with us is stimulating and exciting and that pupils receive the support necessary to fulfil their potential.
Pupillage is split between three dedicated pupil supervisors so as to experience the life of a barrister fully. Typical responsibilities include working on client papers, undertaking legal research, drafting advice, pleadings and skeleton arguments, as well as joining pupil supervisors in client conferences and accompanying them to court. Pupils also have the opportunity to work with other members of Chambers thus benefiting from a lot of varied feedback and gaining insight into a wide range of practice areas and ways of working.
In the second six months pupils start to take on their own cases, usually in the Employment Tribunal and County Court. We encourage our pupils to join the Free Representation Unit (FRU) to gain additional advocacy and case management experience.
Part of the programme are completing a number of pieces of assessed written work and carrying out two advocacy exercises in front of former members of Chambers who are now judges. There is also an unassessed and more informal advocacy training programme.
What do we look for in pupils?
In selecting our pupils, we look for potential tenants: graduates who can demonstrate incisive analysis, strong advocacy skills and academic excellence. Common sense, practicality and the ability to get on with people are also key requirements.
Pupillages funded: two.
Tenancies in last four years: eight.
Minimum qualification: 2.1 and an impressive all-round CV.
Awards: £50,000 (£15,000 available during the BPTC year, paid as two instalments, in December and in May. During the first six months of your pupillage, you receive £17,500 in monthly instalments and during the second six your earnings are guaranteed at a minimum of £17,500, also paid monthly).
Training: placements with leading juniors in at least three of Chambers' main practice areas.
Assessment: six formal written assessments and two formal advocacy assessments.
Applications for pupillage should be made through Pupillage Gateway.
We have around 30 mini-pupillage places available each year. We do not require pupillage candidates to complete a mini-pupillage with us as part of our application process. However, we do encourage those who intend to apply, to also apply for mini-pupillage as it is a great way of learning more about the work and atmosphere of Chambers. To be considered, please complete and submit the application form on the ‘Join us’ section of our website.
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