Graduate scheme

Greater London

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

Garden Court Chambers was set up in 1974 by six young barristers determined that the spirit which inspired the early Law Centre movement should find a place at the Bar. A strong commitment to the Legal Aid system and to offering legal representation to those disadvantaged by poverty and discrimination formed our founding philosophy. Our areas of practice include civil actions against the police, civil liberties, community care, court of protection, criminal defence, employment, environmental law, extradition, family law, Gypsy and Traveller rights, housing, immigration, international law, inquests, mediation, mental health, nationality, planning, prison law, public and administrative law and professional negligence. Chambers now has over 200 members, with 26 QCs and though our range of work and clientele is immeasurably broader, our original commitment remains and underpins our practice.

Four pupils will be offered comprehensive training during a structured 12-month pupillage. This will involve working with leading practitioners in different areas of law. Pupils will be allocated a different supervisor for each six-month period. In the second six months of pupillage, our pupils tend to be in court on a daily basis. Additionally, pupils will benefit from internal courses in substantive law and advocacy.

All pupils will receive £35,000 over the 12 months of pupillage, comprising an award of £29,000 plus guaranteed earnings of £6,000 in the second six. Pupils will receive all earnings during their second six, which will not be subject to a management fee or Chambers' rent.

Important Notice

Applicants must note that this is a separate recruitment being run parallel to the Garden Court Chambers Specialist Crime Pupillage. Applicants cannot apply to both Garden Court Chambers pupillage adverts. In doing so, your application will be ejected from consideration for both recruitment windows.

Chambers only recruits via the Pupillage Gateway. This applies to all candidates, including those with exemptions, in accordance with our commitment to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis. Our First Round of pupillage interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on Saturday 16 April 2022. The Final Round of pupillage interviews will take place across Saturday 30 April and Sunday 1 May 2022. Candidates are encouraged to visit our website for further details.

We have reopened applications for Mini Pupillages, but these are subject to taking place should the covid situation allow us to do so in a safe manner. Please visit our website for further details, for if anything was to change in this regard, we would publish this news on our website.

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