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Wilberforce Chambers

Pupillage Programme

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Graduate scheme
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Pupillage programme 

We operate a well-structured pupillage programme aimed at providing you with a broad experience of commercial chancery practice under several pupil supervisors with whom you will be able to develop your skills. We aim to reach a decision about tenancy after approximately 9–10 months, but all pupils are entitled to stay with us for the remainder of their pupillage on a full pupillage award.

When and how to apply 

Applications for pupillage must be made through the Pupillage Gateway, the online pupillage application scheme, except where an applicant is exempt under the applicable rules. Visit the Pupillage Gateway for full details of how the Gateway operates and to find our application form. Here you will also find the application deadline and schedule. We operate an initial long list general interview before selecting a shortlist of candidates for a more in-depth interview that aims to test legal aptitude by reference to a problem question


Wilberforce Chambers is committed to giving those interested in the Bar an idea of how chambers operate, and what life as a practising chancery barrister might be like. In current circumstances, we have inevitably had to adapt the mini-pupillage programme in order for it to work in a remote environment.  The entire programme will, therefore, be offered virtually.  It will nevertheless provide prospective barristers with the opportunity to get to know us and see what life at the chancery / commercial bar has to offer. We will be holding two ‘remote’ programmes, which will run across two days.

Chambers specialisation  

  • arbitration
  • banking & finance
  • chancery
  • commercial
  • company
  • construction
  • employment & pensions
  • insolvency
  • professional negligence
  • property
  • tax
  • trusts 


We offer a generous and competitive pupillage award which we review annually with the intention that it should be in line with the highest awards available. The award is currently £65,000 for 12 months and is paid in monthly installments. A proportion of the award (up to £20,000) can be drawn down during the Bar course year.

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