Pupillage & Tenancy

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. We accept applications from those undertaking qualifying law degrees once they have completed their penultimate year. 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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