The Pupillage Gateway makes applying for pupillage easier than ever before. Through the Gateway you can apply to up to 12 different pupillage vacancies. An online practice application form will be available from 7 March 2016. After you have saved the form, your details will be automatically copied across to your live pupillage applications. There is also a downloadable application form available to help your preparation: download Sample Application Form
All pupillages are required to be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway. However, not all chambers offering pupillages will operate their recruitment process through the Gateway. For those chambers who manage their recruitment process outside the Pupillage Gateway, please refer to the instructions in the vacancy advert or the chambers’ website for further details.
Applicants generally apply for pupillage around 18 months before they intend to start pupillage, although this varies depending on what academic stage the applicant has reached. For example, an applicant in the penultimate year of a law degree, or final year of a non-law degree, may apply only to chambers which are offering pupillage to start two years from the date of application. An applicant in the final year of a law degree, or studying the Graduate Diploma in Law, may apply to chambers offering pupillage to start one year from the date of application.
No offers of pupillage may be made between 4 May, which is the closing date for submissions through the Gateway, and 1 August. Please see further details on the applicant timetable.
Further details on how to apply can be found in the Applicant User Guide (PDF).