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

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

  • Intellectual and analytical ability
  • Written communication and advocacy
  • Oral communication and advocacy
  • Understanding of the law and legal practice
  • Demonstration of the attributes required to support a successful career at the Bar.

We expect applicants to have a 2:1 degree classification, however we will consider applicants who do not meet this criteria in extenuating circumstances and/or where exceptional qualities are present and where comparable knowledge and potential is demonstrated in the application and at interview. This is provided that the qualifications and experience will meet the requirements of the Academic Component of Bar training.

During the first six months of pupillage a grant of £15,000 is made to all pupils and during the second six months there is an earnings guarantee of £30,000.

We recruit pupils in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable and have completed the recruitment round for 2022/23 to commence pupillage in October 2023. Future competitions will be advertised on these pages and on the Gateway.

For more details about pupillage at St John’s Buildings, download a copy of our Pupillage Guide 2024.