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Chambers invites applications for pupillage starting in September 2018. All applications are to be made through the Pupillage Gateway in the 2017 timetable.

Pupils are normally allocated four supervisors in the course of their 12 month pupillage to ensure that each pupil sees a variety of work of differing levels of complexity within Chambers. We are committed to providing pupils with comprehensive training in the core skills required for practice. Pupils are encouraged to prepare drafts or pleadings, advice, letters and other documents, as well as preparing skeleton arguments for hearings. They also attend conferences with clients, and hearings in court, arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. We place a great deal of emphasis on the quality of our advocacy and organise a series of mock court hearings to ensure that our pupils are fully prepared for practice as specialist advocates. In the second six months, we also get our pupils into court as much as possible.

The experience of pupillage at Keating Chambers is a rewarding, challenging and enjoyable one, and as such our pupils invariably want to apply for tenancy. Pupils applying for tenancy are assessed against the Selection Criteria and our retention rate of pupils to tenants is high.


We offer a limited number of unassessed mini-pupillages each year to high caliber applicants likely to be strong candidates for pupillage in Chambers. Mini-pupillage is a good way to familiarize yourself with us and our work but it is not a pre-requisite to an application for a pupillage.

Chambers’ Selection Criteria: All applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage will be assessed with reference to the following criteria: Intellectual Ability – Motivation – Relationships – Temperament – Impact. Save in exceptional cases, we expect applicants to have an upper second or first class degree, whether in law or not. No specialist or technical knowledge of construction or engineering is required, however a sound understanding if the principles of contract and tort law is essential.

Equal Opportunities

Keating Chambers is fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services and all applications (be it for staff, tenants, pupils or mini-pupils) are considered on merit alone. All our selection procedures are operated without discrimination, that is to say without regard to irrelevant considerations such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, or age. We welcome applications for pupillage and mini-pupillage from candidates from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister. If you are disabled and require any adjustments at any stage, please inform us and we will try to accommodate your needs. Chambers participates in the Pegasus Access & Support Scheme (PASS).

Further details on pupillage and mini-pupillage are available on our website.

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