Pupillage

Our process

Today’s pupils are tomorrow’s tenants and the future of chambers.  We therefore pride ourselves on our fair and rigorous application process, which we believe our applicants deserve and appreciate.  We do not invite or process applications using the Pupillage Gateway application platform, and do not believe you should be limited in the number of sets to which you can apply.  Instead we have developed and manage our own application process – inviting applications using our own simple online form – to take account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments.  We believe that our system allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background.

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.  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, fertility health, pregnancy, or maternity.

As well as aiming to recruit the best applicants, we invest heavily in our pupils’ time with us – and their training – to build on our ongoing success. We think that we can offer you one of the most enjoyable, well-structured and generously funded pupillages at the Bar – and we hope those of you successful in applying will agree.

We offer three pupillages (each with an award of at least £65,000, a quarter of which may be drawn down in advance), and our clear aim will be to offer tenancy to all three pupils in due course.

What we look for in pupils

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 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  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.

Full details of the selection process, including the objective criteria which we apply throughout the process, are in our Pupillage and Recruitment Policy.  Given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we reserve the right to modify our application process insofar as that may be reasonably necessary to respond to the unprecedented public health situation.

If you have any questions or concerns about our pupillage application process, please contact our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, by email at pupillage@xxiv.co.uk.

You can also follow us on Twitter (@XXIVpupillage) for further updates.

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