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Described by the Legal 500 as “a Western Circuit Powerhouse”, St John’s offers the perfect chance to build a stellar career at the Bar while enjoying the great opportunities on offer in one of the UK’s most vibrant cities. We are one of the largest and most prestigious sets in the South West, with over 70 barristers and 8 silks. Chambers UK and the Legal 500 list us as a “top-tier” leading set in all of our major practice areas, describing us as a “go-to” and “must instruct” chambers. We were shortlisted ‘Regional Set of the Year’ in 2020 by Chambers Bar Awards, and we were the Legal 500’s ‘Regional Set of the Year’ in 2018, further cementing our position as a standout destination for high-quality applicants who want the very best career without compromising on quality of life.

What you can expect:

  • An inclusive and supportive working environment
  • One-to-one support, training and guidance
  • To conduct research and prepare pleadings and advices
  • To shadow your supervisor and attend conference
  • To gain court experience and knowledge of process
  • To receive regular feedback on your work.
  • In your 2nd Six you will build on the first 6 months’ experience as well as being busy in court.

What we look for in a pupil

Successful candidates will typically have strong academic credentials, but we have no preference as to whether your undergraduate degree is in law or whether you have since transferred. We look for high-calibre recruits who can demonstrate certain key competencies: the ability to analyse complex information quickly, to present arguments succinctly and persuasively, to communicate effectively with all types of people. We look for people who are determined, resilient and motivated. Experience of public speaking and mooting is desirable but not essential. We generally expect our pupils to specialise within one practice group. We take on pupils with an eye to tenancy, so our pupils do not compete with each other. Provided that they successfully complete pupillage, they can normally expect to become tenants.


We will offer 2 funded pupillages for pupils starting in 2023 with awards of £45,000 along with the loan (with an option to buy) of the latest iPad Pro, Smart keyboard and iPen. The award is paid in 12 equal monthly instalments, subject to a claw-back to the extent of any fees actually received during the second six months of pupillage.


We are committed to recruiting new tenants from our pupils whenever possible. Accordingly, we offer pupillage to those who we hope and expect will become tenants. Of course there can be no guarantees, but in the majority of cases a successful pupillage will lead to an offer of tenancy.

Mini Pupillage

We currently offer one mini-pupillage per month, and as of this year at least 50 per cent will go to applicants from non-traditional state school and BAME backgrounds, with the intention of improving access to the bar. Typically, a mini-pupil’s time will include accompanying members to court, attending conferences involving clients and/or solicitors, and reading and discussing paperwork. Mini-pupils will also have opportunity to ask questions about the profession and about pupillage.

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