Graduate scheme

Greater London

Pupillage applications open on Wednesday 5 January 2022 at 11am until Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 4pm.

Chambers occupies modern premises and offers a friendly and supportive environment in which to undertake pupillage. The range of work undertaken is wide ranging, including:

  • Commercial: financial/business law, international trade, banking, regulatory, insurance, media and entertainment, sport, intellectual property, and professional negligence. Also conflicts of laws and jurisdiction/cross border issues.
  • Employment: all aspects (including discrimination) are covered by the extensive employment law practices of members of chambers.
  • Public law: incorporates all areas of administrative law and judicial review, acting both for and against central and local government agencies and other regulatory authorities and including commercial judicial review, together with a very broad range of human rights issues.
  • European & Competition law: forms an integral part of the specialist practices of individual barristers and includes the full range of EU specialisms in the UK and the EU courts post Brexit. A strong competition law specialism offers insight into regulatory enforcement and private damages actions.

Pupillage at Black Chambers

Pupils attend an induction week. Thereafter pupils see the varied practices of members of Chambers including commercial, employment, European and public law/human rights through pupillage. Blackstone Chambers offers up to four 12-month pupillage placements. Pupils have four supervisors during pupillage and because pupils are exposed to such a wide range of legal areas, the 12-month pupillage is non-practising. Pupils are provided with comprehensive advocacy training throughout pupillage to ensure advocacy experience.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated high intellectual ability and will usually have at least a 2.1 honours degree, although not necessarily in law. Individual awards of £70,000 are available. The pupillage committee has discretion to consider applications of up to £20,000 of the pupillage award to be advanced during the BPTC year.

A new tenant can expect a busy and wide-ranging practice with opportunities to specialise later.


This round of mini pupillage/ pupillage applications is suitable for those who wish to undertake pupillage commencing in September 2023.

Applicants who have completed mini-pupillages with Blackstone Chambers may be called to pupillage interviews to be held in late April 2022, after which pupillage offers will be made on 6th May 2022.

No pupillage is ultimately offered at Blackstone Chambers unless the applicant has undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage. We shall be interviewing applicants for mini-pupillages up to mid-April 2022, provided that the application has been made before the application deadlines.

All applications for pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway will also be treated as assessed mini-pupillage applications. However, if an assessed mini pupillage has already been undertaken with Blackstone Chambers, it is unlikely that we will require you to take another in the same academic year.

Since we insist on an assessed mini-pupillage as part of the overall pupillage applications procedure, we offer financial assistance either in respect of out of pocket travelling or accommodation expenses incurred in attending the mini-pupillage, up to a maximum of £250 per mini-pupil.


We will not take up references or require university certificates or transcripts until a candidate’s application has progressed through to offer of a mini pupillage. We will contact you at the relevant time to make this request.

We will require at least two academic references and a copy of your university official documents sent direct . We strongly advise that you have contacted your referees and your universities well in advance of these possible requirements so that these supporting documents can be submitted by 10 April 2022 at the latest. Any delay may prejudice the processing of your application.

If you are a GDL candidate, we ask that you forward at least two academic references from your previous undergraduate/post-graduate studies.

Please ask your referees to address the following matters in their references:

  • Intellectual capabilities including analytical skills both oral and written
  • General clarity of expression
  • Ability to react to pressure
  • Suitability for a career at the Bar
  • Provide confirmation of examination results where known.

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