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The following table describes the key stages for chambers and Authorised Training Organisations (ATOs) when using the Pupillage Gateway application system:

October 2017 – May 2018 Timetable

1 October 2017 Chambers and ATOs wishing to advertise and use the application system can subscribe and make payment via the Member Services team. Please call 0207 611 1329 or email PupillageGateway@BarCouncil.org.uk. If you are new to the system you will have to submit the chambers’/ATO’s account information form to PupillageGateway@BarCouncil.org.uk.
October 2017 Upon receipt of payment or an invoice being raised, the Bar Council will activate your account. Chambers and ATOs can then upload or edit pupillage vacancy advertisements and submit for approval. Returning Chambers and ATOs will be able to log in to the system using the same login details from previous years.
28 November 2017 All approved Gateway pupillage vacancy advertisements will be published and available for prospective applicants to browse (for chambers that do not recruit through the Gateway, adverts are live all year around). During this period, applicants will have access to an online practice application form to help them in their preparations.
8 January 2018 11:00am The application system will open for submissions from pupillage applicants. During the submissions window, Chambers and ATOs will not have access to applications.
7 February 2018 11:00 am The submission window for applications closes. No further applications and amendments to applications will be allowed after this point.
8 February 2018 Chambers and ATOs can begin to download and assess applications and communicate with all applicants regarding the status of their applications. The recruitment process is continued with those who have been successful in the first stage.
February – April 2018 First and second round interview offers are sent out, and interviews are conducted by chambers.
3 May 2018, 09:00am Offers of pupillage are made through the system. For applications made by candidates through the Pupillage Gateway, offers of pupillage must not be made or accepted before 9:00am on Thursday 3 May 2018. Please note that the Bar Standard Board’s Pupillage Handbook states that ATOs using the online system for recruitment of pupils must not make offers to candidates in advance of the stipulated date and time.