The application process for pupillage commencing in October 2018 is now underway.

Thank you to all those candidates who submitted an application and attended first round interviews.  We are grateful for your interest in XXIV Old Buildings.

We have now emailed invitations to all successful candidates to attend the Pupillage Selection Day on Saturday 10th December.

We have also emailed all unsuccessful applicants. If you have not received an email from us, please contact Giorgia Booth urgently.

We are happy to offer feedback to any candidate whom we have interviewed. Please email Giorgia Booth if you would like feedback, which will be provided in the course of the next few weeks by telephone and by one of the barristers who interviewed you. Please let Giorgia know which is the best phone number to use to contact you, and any times in the next two weeks when you will not be able to take our call.

XXIV Old Buildings will offer up to three 12-month pupillages through this application process.  Each pupillage will enjoy an award of at least £65,000.  Pupillage is a vital part of the training and recruitment of our new junior tenants.  We aim to recruit our junior tenants from amongst our pupils and in the past seven years have recruited 9 of our 14 pupils as tenants.


The application process for pupillage commencing in October 2018

Full details of the selection process, including the objective criteria which we apply throughout the process, are in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy. The information below is intended to provide an easily accessible summary, as well as the timetable for applications.

  1. Applicants must ensure that we receive their short application form before 9am on 25 November 2016.  PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AFTER THIS TIME AS IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
  2. All applicants who submit an application prior to the deadline will be sent details by email of how to perform an online aptitude test. Applicants will have to complete the test early in the week commencing 28 November 2016. Please ensure, before you apply, that you will be available to take the test at that time.
  3. The 16 top-scoring candidates on the aptitude test will be invited to an interview. We shall also invite the best 20 of the next 40 top-scoring candidates (based on both an assessment of their application form and their scores).  If you are invited to interview we shall ask you to send a CV and covering letter to chambers a couple of days before your interview.
  4. The interviews will be 20 minutes long, structured and held in person in chambers in the week commencing 5 December 2016.  We suggest that you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London then. Please note that applicants’ application forms and aptitude test scores will not be made available to the interviewers.
  5. The 12 candidates who perform best at interview will be invited to the final round selection day which is a full day in chambers (or at a location nearby) during which you will be invited to prepare for and take part in (i) an advocacy exercise and (ii) a group discussion exercise. You will also be given an unseen written exercise and have some talks from our tenants about our chambers and our work. The day is likely to last from about 9.30am until about 5pm and will take place (subject to final confirmation) on Saturday 10 December 2016. We suggest you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London for that day. The aim of the day is not only for us to evaluate your potential as pupils and tenants of chambers, but also to give you an opportunity to learn more about us and our work.
  6. Offers of pupillage will be made in the week of 12 December 2016.

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.  If you have any queries about the process please contact giorgia.booth@xxiv.co.uk.  You may also wish to follow us on Twitter for updates.


What we look for in a pupil

We look for candidates with strong academic qualifications (a first or 2:1 class degree, 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.

See our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy (for pupils commencing in October 2018) for full details.  We strongly advise you to read this document before applying for pupillage with us.


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 2018 will each receive an award of at least £65,000, one quarter of which can be drawn down before commencement of the pupillage, subject to agreement on suitable terms.

Potential applicants might be interested in Chambers and Partners Student Guide which has written its own independent report on pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings and our guide to pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings.


Please note that, at present, we have no vacancies for third six pupils or squatters.  Applications for such positions will be rejected without acknowledgement.