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 (AETOs) 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 AETOs 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. 

Find further details about the system in the Applicant User Guide (PDF, 3.6MB).


Please note: the system opens for the submission of applications on Wednesday 3 January 2024, and closes on Wednesday 7 February 2024. It will not be possible to submit applications after this time and extensions will not be granted.

Thursday 07 September 2023

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

Monday 27 November 2023 , 12:01(am)
Advertisements: Applicants may access the Pupillage Gateway to browse vacancies.
Wednesday 03 January 2024 , 12:01(am)

Applications open: the submissions window for applications opens and applicants can start, edit, and submit their applications.

AETOs that use the Pupillage Gateway to manage their respective recruitment processes will not have access to the applications until the submissions window closes.

Wednesday 07 February 2024 , 11:59(pm)

Applications close: the submissions window for applications closes and no further applications or amendments to applications are allowed.

Friday 10 May 2024 , 09:30(am)

Offers made: AETOs will make offers either through the Gateway system, by phone or by email. All offers will be made on the same day at the same time.

Friday 17 May 2024 , 09:30(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, AETOs will be entitled to send out second round offers within a reasonable time period.