XXIV Old Buildings
11, rue du Général-Dufour
CH - 1204, Geneva
Tel: +41 (0)22 322 2500
Fax: +41 (0)22 322 2515
XXIV Old Buildings
London WC2A 3UP, UK
Tel: +44 (0)20 7691 2424
Fax: +44 (0)870 460 2178
We have completed our pupillage selection process for pupillage commencing in October 2017.
Details of the process and timetable for applying for pupillage commencing in October 2018 will be posted on this page over the course of this Summer.
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Pupillage is a vital part of the training and recruitment of new junior tenants at XXIV Old Buildings. We now offer up to three 12-month long pupillages every year. We aim to select junior tenants from our pupils and in the past six years have taken on 8 of the 11 pupils who have sought tenancy in Chambers.
What pupillage entails
We aim to provide pupils with thorough training in all aspects of our work and are concerned to make each pupil’s involvement both interesting and enjoyable. Pupils are likely to have 4 pupil supervisors and will usually spend 3 months with each of them. They will also have the opportunity to see other members’ practices and meet all members of chambers. Pupils attend court and conferences with members of chambers and are involved in legal research, writing advices and drafting statements of case.
The emphasis during pupillage is on training and preparing pupils for a career at the Bar. In common with other Commercial Chancery chambers, opportunities for pupils obtaining their own work are limited, even in the second six months pupillage.
Pupils starting with us in October 2017 will each receive an award of £65,000, one quarter of which can be drawn down before commencement of the pupillage, subject to agreement on suitable terms.
What we look for in a pupil
We look for candidates with strong academic qualifications (a first or 2:1 class degree though not necessarily in law, although we consider lower class degrees if you suffered mitigating circumstances), intellectual ability, sound common sense and judgment and enthusiasm for the type of work in which we specialise. We aim to identify potential to become great advocates and successful tenants in our chambers. We take account of high grades in post-graduate law qualifications if they are relevant to our area of practice.
We take particular pride in our transparent, fair, rigorous and friendly application process which we believe our applicants deserve and appreciate. We operate an equal opportunities policy and recruit without regard to race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, gender re-assignment, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, disability, age, religion or belief or pregnancy and maternity.
Our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy is available here (for those who are applying for pupillage commencing in October 2017). We strongly advise you to read this document before applying for pupillage with us.
Potential applicants might be interested in Chambers and Partners Student Guide which has written its own independent report on pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings.
Chambers has also produced its own Guide to Pupillage with relevant information which can be accessed by clicking here.
Competition for pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings is fierce. You are strongly encouraged to consider the selection criteria before applying.
Our applications are not processed through the Pupillage Portal/Gateway. We do not pay interview travel expenses.
We pride ourselves in keeping applicants updated on the progress of their application once the application process has started.
Please note that, at present, we have no vacancies for third six pupils or squatters. Applications for such positions will be rejected without acknowledgement.