Sheffield Pupillage

St John’s Buildings are offering two pupillages in Sheffield, one in Crime and one in Family.

We see Pupillage as the prime way of developing high calibre tenants who will ensure the continued success of the chambers into the future.  Chambers makes a considerable investment in its pupils and most pupils become tenants.

We interview both law and non-law graduates and look for:

  • Intellectual and analytical strength
  • Communication skills
  • A good response to pressure
  • Strong work ethic
  • Advocacy skills
  • Sound personality and motivation.

We expect applicants to have at least A,A,B at ‘A’ level (or equivalent) and a minimum 2:1 degree classification.  Whilst this is not an absolute requirement, any applicants who do not meet these criteria should expect to demonstrate exceptional qualities to achieve an interview.

The pupils will have the opportunity to experience each of our areas of expertise.

During the first six months of pupillage a grant of £10,000 is made to all pupils and during the second six months there is an earnings guarantee of £20,000.

We are recruiting pupils to commence pupillage in November 2017.

Chambers is strongly committed to equality of opportunity and will apply objective criteria in all shortlisting and selection processes.  We aim to ensure there is no discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or belief, class or age in recruitment and working life at Chambers.  We are committed to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate candidates with a disability.

Chambers is committed to human rights work and social justice initiatives.

Pupillage start date: November 2017

Pupillage type: 12 month

Location: Sheffield

Minimum degree class: Upper Second

Number of pupillages: Two

The application form is available here and the equality monitoring form is here.  Please send completed application and equality monitoring forms and any queries to Diane Lees (diane.lees@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk).

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2017 at 11:00 am.  No further applications or amendments will be accepted after this point.

Chambers intends to hold interviews on Saturday, 7th October and Friday, 27th October 2017.  Offers will be made by Tuesday, 31st October 2017.

For more details about pupillage at SJB, download a copy of our PUPILLAGE BROCHURE 2017.



Mini-pupillages are an ideal way of gaining a better understanding of life at the Bar and in helping you decide which chambers you would like to join. We run a Summer and an Easter mini-pupillage programme.

Our Summer 2017 scheme is now closed for applications. We will advertise our Easter 2018 scheme around December 2017.

St John’s Buildings is an equal opportunities employer. We will consider any reasonable adjustments necessary to facilitate applications from a diverse pool of applicants.

One of the country’s leading Chambers, St John’s Buildings is divided into six principal practice groups (crime and regulatory, personal injury & clinical negligence, family, public & administrative, employment and commercial) with other developing specialisations such as Court of Protection, regulatory and travel law.  Our full specialism breakdown is available on our website at www.stjohnsbuildings.co.uk.