Pupillage & Tenancy
** PUPILLAGE GATEWAY OPENS ON 9 JANUARY 2017 **
PLEASE NOTE: In January 2016 the General Management Committee of the Bar Council decided, contrary to strong opposition from Brick Court Chambers and a number of other sets, to approve a significant change to the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
For recruitment of pupils starting pupillage in September 2018, the Gateway application process will open on 9 JANUARY 2017, with offers of pupillage being made on 1 MAY 2017.
That timetable will have a significant effect on the timing of assessed mini-pupillages. In particular, we will be trying to accommodate mini-pupillages for qualifying law degree students in September/October 2016 and for non-law (GDL) students in December 2016 and January 2017 (when they will have completed at least one term of legal study).
It is therefore important that law students make their mini pupillage applications as soon as possible.
Non-law graduates should apply as soon as they have started the GDL: those applications will be considered in October/November 2016, with a view to those offered mini-pupillages undertaking them in December 2016 or January 2017.
Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers
Pupillage at Brick Court Chambers is more than just the final step in qualification as a barrister. It is an opportunity to work with some of the leading practitioners at the English Bar, and on some of the most important and interesting cases of the day.
At Brick Court Chambers we recognise that our continued success depends upon our recruiting people of the highest calibre. For that reason, there is no Brick Court “type”. Provided that you have the ability and the determination to succeed as a barrister at the highest level, you will be welcome whatever your background.
The challenging nature of the work at Brick Court Chambers demands a high level of intellectual ability and a willingness to work hard. Not surprisingly, those who undertake pupillage with us usually have very strong academic backgrounds. What we are looking for is evidence of outstanding intellectual ability, although not necessarily in law.
We normally offer up to four 12-month pupillages (including deferred pupillages). The award for 2017/18 is £65,000.
On occasions we also consider applications for pupillage from established practitioners. As a general rule we would expect those who have less than 7 years’ experience to undertake a full 12 month pupillage (even if the BSB has granted a dispensation from the full pupillage term) and to apply through the Pupillage Gateway (see further below).
We only ever offer pupillages to those applicants who we believe have a realistic prospect of ultimately achieving a tenancy.
The decision to offer a pupillage is made by the Pupillage Committee and is based on the applicant’s paper application, the mini-pupillage interview, the performance during the mini-pupillage, the performance on a standardised piece of assessed written work and the final interview (which involves an advocacy assessment).
The assessed mini-pupillage therefore forms an integral part of our selection process and so we do not ordinarily consider candidates for pupillage unless they have undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage with us.
Although Brick Court Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway, we encourage those interested in applying for pupillage to apply for (and if possible to undertake) a mini-pupillage before applying for pupillage through the Gateway system. Doing so enables us to accommodate a greater number of mini-pupils than we could if applicants all waited to apply through Gateway. The best time for you to apply for (and undertake) a mini-pupillage will depend to some extent on your own circumstances. Changes made by the Bar Council to the Gateway timetable mean that applicants for pupillage in 2018 should apply for a mini-pupillage in advance of the Gateway opening on 9 January 2017: for law graduates, this should be as soon as possible and non-law graduates should apply as soon as you have started your GDL course.
As we are a member of Pupillage Gateway all applications for pupillage must be made through that system. As a result, even if you have applied for a mini-pupillage in advance of the Gateway process, you will still need to apply for pupillage through Gateway. If you have not applied in advance, your application through Gateway will be treated as an application for both a mini-pupillage and pupillage.
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