Graduate scheme

Greater London

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

Crown Office Chambers offers up to three pupillages, each with an award of £75,000 plus earnings retained from second six. A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance.


Crown Office Chambers is a leading set within numerous practice areas, principally with a civil or commercial focus. There are some 100 tenants in Chambers including 24 QCs. Members of Chambers feature regularly in leading cases across all our specialisms.

We are inviting applications for pupillage from outstanding law and non-law graduates. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups including women, those from black or other ethnic minority backgrounds, those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, and those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Applications for pupillage are assessed and determined solely on merit.

Our Work

We are ranked consistently by the directories in practice areas including: commercial litigation; professional negligence; insurance and reinsurance; construction and energy; international arbitration; personal injury; clinical negligence; health & safety; inquests & public inquiries.

Our members appear regularly across the full spectrum of courts and tribunals, both in UK-based litigation and international arbitration.

Our Pupillage

We offer up to three pupillages each year. All pupillages are offered with a view to tenancy and we emphasise that pupils are not in competition with one another. All pupils who meet the standards for tenancy will be offered it.

During First Six, pupils will sit with two different supervisors each for a three-month period. During Second Six, pupils will sit with a third supervisor for six months and will be receiving regular instructions in their own right throughout that period.

Advocacy is a key focus of Chambers’ expertise, and therefore all pupils will obtain substantial advocacy experience during Second Six by attending County Court and other hearings up to 3-4 times per week.

There will be an opportunity to experience work in all core areas of Chambers’ practice. This is intended to facilitate a varied and interesting pupillage whilst also to provide a firm foundation for tenancy.

The current pupillage award is £75,000. In addition, pupils will retain all earnings from Second Six which – given the frequency of instructions – can add significantly to the overall remuneration from pupillage.

A drawdown of up to £20,000 from the pupillage award is available in advance. There are also generous concessions on Chambers’ expenses in the early years of tenancy.

Assessment Criteria

  • We assess applicants for pupillage by reference to the following objective criteria:
  • Intellectual ability / analytical skills
  • Advocacy potential (oral and written skills including clarity and persuasiveness)
  • Potential to be a successful barrister (including: determination, organisational skills, interpersonal skills, sound judgement)
  • Interest in Chambers

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