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Welcome

Welcome to the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway – the pupillage recruitment portal designed by the Bar, for the Bar of the future.

The Pupillage Gateway is the online application system for pupillage. Under the Bar Standards Board’s Bar Qualification Manual, any vacancies for pupillage must be advertised on the Gateway. Furthermore, approximately 120 (or 60% of) Authorised Education and Training Organisations use the Pupillage Gateway to administer their pupillage recruitment process.

Operated by the Bar Council, prospective candidates can use their Pupillage Gateway accounts to search for vacancies and prepare their applications in advance for the recruitment process of Authorised Education and Training Organisations that accept applications through the system – logging in throughout the year to upload or edit information to their profiles relating to their academic and work experience history, and referees. 

Further details about the functions of the system can be found in the Applicant User Guide (PDF, 2.1MB).

Timetable

Please note that the system opens for the submission of applications on Wednesday 4 January 2023, and closes on Wednesday 8 February 2023. It will not be possible to submit applications after this time and extensions will not be granted.

Friday 14 October 2022

Account set up: aspiring barristers can start setting up their accounts on the new Pupillage Gateway and begin uploading the information relating to their academic and work experience history, and referees.

Monday 28 November 2022

Publication of advertisements on the Gateway:  Applicants may access the Pupillage Gateway to browse vacancies.

Wednesday 04 January 2023 , 10:00(am)
Applications open: the submissions window for applications opens and applicants can start, edit, and submit their applications. Authorised Education and Training Organisations will not have access to the applications until the submissions window closes.
Wednesday 08 February 2023 , 11:59(pm)
Applications close: the submissions window for applications closes and no further applications or amendments to applications are allowed.
Thursday 09 February 2023
Shortlisting of applications made outside of the Gateway: Authorised Education and Training Organisations not using the Pupillage Gateway can begin the shortlisting and interview process from this date.
Tuesday 14 February 2023
Publication of Gateway applications to Authorised Education and Training Organisations: Authorised Education and Training Organisations using the Pupillage Gateway to administer their recruitment process will be able to download candidate applications and begin the shortlisting and interview process from this date.
Friday 05 May 2023 , 10:00(am)
Offers made: Authorised Education and Training Organisations will make offers through the Gateway system. All offers will be made on the same day at the same time.
Friday 12 May 2023 , 10:00(am)
Deadline for accepting initial offers: all applicants have a 7-day deadline to communicate acceptance of an offer (if any). Applicants will be able to accept an offer anytime up to the deadline. If the 7-day deadline passes without the applicant accepting the offer, Authorised Education and Training Organisations should send out second round offers within a reasonable time period.