Pupillage Application Information

Applications for pupillage are made through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway.

Applicants should refer to the Pupillage Gateway for the process and timetable, including for opening and closing dates for applications.

Shortlisted candidates are given one piece of written work to prepare and submit prior to interview. A further short piece of work will be set at the interview.

We may call candidates for a second round interview before making offers.

In our recruitment we are committed to implementing and promoting equal opportunities and recruiting irrespective of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, religion or political persuasion.  Applicants will be assessed solely on merit.

We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates. Save in exceptional circumstances, applicants are required to have obtained or be predicted to obtain a degree level qualification at a minimum 2:1 standard. Those with non-law degrees must have achieved or be predicted to achieve at least a Commendation grade in the GDL.

Applicants will be assessed by reference to the following objective criteria:

  • Intellectual ability: including the ability to articulate thoughts and/or arguments in written/oral presentation.
  • Impact/Advocacy: including the ability to argue persuasively in written/oral presentation.
  • Interpersonal skills: including the ability to develop good working relationships in the professional environment of the Bar.
  • Motivation: for example, dedication and commitment.
  • Temperament: for example, empathy, resilience, ability to remain calm, to cope under pressure, and to manage work and deadlines.

What to Expect from Pupillage

A Pupil’s Perspective

Life as a Junior Tenant