Current Vacancies

Third Six Pupillage: Crime, Sheffield

Third Six Pupillage: Family, Liverpool

Third Six Pupillage: Family, Chester



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 £25,000.

We are recruiting pupils in line with the Pupillage Gateway timetable for 2022/23 to commence pupillage in October 2023.

For more details about pupillage at St John’s Buildings, download a copy of our Pupillage Guide 2023.



Easter Mini-Pupillage Programme

Our Easter mini-pupillage programme application window is now closed. Applicants will be contacted in the week commencing 27th February 2023 to be told whether they have been successful in their application or not. Our next competition will be for the Summer 2023 programme and will open for applications in May 2023.

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/expertise.