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Pupillage

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.

Crown Office Chambers strives to be an equal opportunities employer and is committed to diversity amongst its staff, members, pupils and mini-pupils. We therefore encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin, people with disabilities and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the job. Further information about our Diversity Policy and Data can be found here.

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.

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Applications for pupillage commencing October 2021 have now closed.

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