Graduate scheme

Greater London

Pupillage applications open on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 11am until Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 2pm.

3 Verulam Buildings (3VB) is one of London’s leading sets of barristers chambers specialising in commercial law, with 88 members based in London (ranked by Chambers UK as a leading set in 12 practice areas and with members who are ranked across a total of 28 practice areas) and with many highly prominent Associate Members across the world. 3VB’s members are recognised as specialists in categories that span the full range of commercial law including banking and financial services, commercial and contractual disputes, civil fraud, insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, energy, natural resources, and infrastructure. Its members are regularly instructed by leading law firms in the major cases of the day, sometimes acting in teams on different sides of substantial disputes. In addition, 3VB has a strong reputation in commercial and investment treaty arbitration and has substantial experience of international work (raising issues of public and private international law), in both litigation and arbitration. Members are frequently instructed by lawyers from other jurisdictions and are accustomed to working in multi-jurisdictional teams. The languages spoken in 3VB include English, Arabic, Creole, French, German, Greek, Italian, Punjabi, Russian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish and Urdu.

Details of how to apply

Applications are sought for the twelve-month period commencing October 2023, up to four Gateway pupils.

Applicants must demonstrate by their application, CV, and interview:

  • very strong academic and analytical abilities: as a general guide, successful applicants usually have a first in their undergraduate studies or a Master’s degree or both and in most cases an applicant will be unlikely to reach the first round without at least a high upper second class degree or equivalent in their undergraduate studies unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g. a period of absence, parental leave) and a good record on the GDL where applicable,
  • strong written and oral advocacy abilities, which usually require experience in debating, mooting, pro bono work through FRU or similar activities; and
  • a commitment to and understanding of the Commercial Bar and the determination, integrity, and resilience to build a successful commercial practice.

Candidates must also impress the interviewing panel with their temperament, commercial sense, and motivation (the latter demonstrated in part by having completed a mini pupillage at 3VB and/or at similar commercial sets). Candidates’ non-legal experience and their character are also relevant to these criteria.

First round and final interviews will be scheduled in March and April 2022 and the dates will be published on Chambers website by the closing date for applications.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and especially encourage those from groups under-represented at the Bar. We have no preference for an undergraduate law degree over the one-year GDL but wish to recruit the best and the brightest candidates whatever their background.

The year of pupillage at 3VB offers the opportunity to sit with and learn from four leading commercial juniors, each for a period of three months. In addition to working with pupil supervisors, pupils will also be asked to work with members of Chambers of all levels. During pupillage, pupils undertake two or three advocacy exercises, to prepare them for practice and to permit Chambers to provide feedback. During the practising second six months, pupils are permitted to take direct instructions from solicitors and to undertake a limited amount of advocacy and written work on their own account (income from which is additional to the pupillage award and not subject to any chambers expenses). The tenancy decision is usually taken by mid-July.

The pupillage award for 2023-2024 is £75,000, up to £20,000 of which may be drawn down during the year prior to pupillage.

3VB operates an equality and diversity policy in accordance with the Bar Standards Board’s Handbook and Equality and Diversity Rules. We may make reasonable adjustments to accommodate disabled applicants, pupils and tenants, and candidates with a disability are asked to indicate during the application process the nature of their disability and any adjustments they think 3VB might make to accommodate them as regards the application process and as regards pupillage and tenancy.

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