Pupillage in 2018

The application process for pupillage commencing in October 2018 will open in early November 2016.  The deadline for the receipt of applications will be9am on Friday 25 November 2016.   A provisional timetable for the selection process is set out below.  This page will be updated regularly as the selection process takes place.  You can also follow us on twitter for further updates on pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings.

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 seven years have taken on 9 of our 14 pupils.

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 at least £65,000, one quarter of which can be drawn down before commencement of the pupillage, subject to agreement on suitable terms.  Details of the award for pupils commencing pupillage in October 2018 will be available on this website when applications open.

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.

See our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy (for pupils commencing in October 2017).  The policy applicable for pupils commencing in October 2018 will be available on this website when applications open and we strongly advise you to read this document before applying for pupillage with us.

The application process for pupillage commencing October 2018

Full details of the selection process, including the selection criteria, are in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy. Here is a summary, and the timetable for applications:

  1. Applicants must complete a short application form (details of the application form will be available in early November 2016) to be received by us before 9am on 25 November 2016.


  1. All applications received in this period will be sent details by email of how to perform an online aptitude / verbal reasoning test, which you will have to do early in the week commencing 28 November 2016. Please ensure, before you apply, that you will be available to take the test then.
  2. The 16 top-scoring candidates on the verbal reasoning test will be invited to an Interview. We shall also invite the best 20 of the next 40 top-scoring candidates (based on both 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 the Interview.
  3. The Interview will be 20 minutes long, structured and held in person in chambers, in the week commencing 5 December 2016 and we suggest you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London then. Please note that the application form will not be available to the interviewers.
  4. The best 12 will be invited to the 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 is likely to 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 for you to learn about us and our work.
  5. Offers of pupillage will be made in the week of 12 December 2016.

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

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.