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At Crown Office Chambers, we offer a well-structured and rewarding pupillage that will give you experience across a range of practice areas and prepare you for a career at the Bar. Pupillage will be undertaken in a friendly and supportive environment. Our members take a real interest in your progress.

Pupils sit with two pupil supervisors in their first six months and one in their second, but are likely to work with a number of different members of chambers practising in different fields of work over the course of the year. Pupils appear in court regularly during their second six, generally handling applications and small trials in the county courts, affording ample opportunity to develop advocacy skills. Chambers also organises a series of advocacy training sessions.

Read Douglas James’ account of his pupillage experience here.

Chambers offers up to 3 pupillages per year, each with an award of £65,000 (£55,000 plus £10,000 guaranteed earnings in your second six) part of which may be forwarded during the BPTC year.

Please follow the links on the left to learn more about what we offer. We hope that these pages answer any questions you may have about pupillage with us, but if you have any questions please contact the Pupillage Secretary Maurice Holmes.

Application Form

The deadline for October 2021 pupillage applications is midnight on the 5th February 2020. We will consider “year early” applications (for October 2022) by the same closing date.

If you wish to submit an application please:

  1. Open and read the document entitled ‘notes for applicants’ from the link below. This will assist you in completing the application form.
  2. Download the document entitled ‘application form’ and save it on your PC. Complete the application and the equal opportunities questionnaire which forms part of the document by typing responses in each of the boxes, expanding boxes as required by pressing the enter key. When completed, please save the changes and then email the form as an attachment to the pupillage administrator at with the subject heading ‘Pupillage Application.’
  3. Draw your referees’ attention to the third document entitled ‘Letter to referees’ when you ask them to supply us with a reference. References must be received by Wednesday 12th February 2020.

By submitting an online application for pupillage you are declaring to Chambers that the contents of the form are true to the best of your knowledge and belief.

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