Pupillage & Tenancy

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. We do not impose formal requirements on applicants, other than a good 2:1 degree, although all applicants are expected to demonstrate first class intellectual ability. 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, although not necessarily in law.

We normally offer up to five 12 month pupillages (including deferred pupillages). The award for 2014/2015 is £60,000. We also consider applications for pupillage from established practitioners and other applicants who have obtained dispensation from the BSB from the requirement to undertake a 12 month pupillage. Only those whom we consider to have a realistic prospect of achieving tenancy are offered pupillage.

We differ from other chambers in the importance we place on an assessed mini-pupillage. We do not normally consider candidates for pupillage unless they have undertaken an assessed mini-pupillage with us.

Brick Court Chambers is a member of Pupillage Gateway and all applications for a 12 month pupillage must be made via the Pupillage Gateway website. Given the importance we place on mini-pupillages, we nonetheless encourage candidates to apply for (and if feasible undertake) an assessed mini pupillage before making their pupillage application via the Pupillage Gateway. Please refer to the mini-pupillage section of the Pupillage pages for further information on when and how to apply for a mini-pupillage.

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