Pupillage commencing in October 2020

The deadline for applying for pupillage commencing October 2020 will be 9am on Monday 26 November 2018.  We shall be offering three such pupillages, with an award of at least £65,000, and hope to make offers before Christmas 2018.  Details of how to apply, and a full advert, will appear on this page shortly.

XXIV Old Buildings conducts its own bespoke application process for pupillage and is not a member of the Bar Council’s online application process (accessible through the ‘Pupillage Gateway’ on which all pupillages have to be advertised). By developing and managing our own application process – which takes account of the fact that pupillage applications are time-consuming and that applicants are likely to have other academic and work commitments – we believe we have formulated a rigorous and fair system that allows us to select the best candidates for pupillage, irrespective of background. Our carefully-designed pathway, from application to offer, is part of our commitment to equality and diversity at the Bar.

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.

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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, which relates to last year’s selection process is intended to provide an easily accessible summary, as well as the timetable for applications.

  1. You should have now received an email from TalentLens, the operator of our aptitude test, setting out details of the next stage of the process and providing you with a link to allow you to undertake the test.  If you have not yet received that email please let Giorgia Booth Giorgia.booth@xxiv.co.uk know immediately. Please follow the instructions in that email carefully and complete the test by 11.59pm on Wednesday 29 November 2017 in order to be considered for the next stage of the assessment process.
  2. 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 (such that it may make sense to prepare these in advance).
  3. The interviews will be 20 minutes long, structured and held in person in chambers in the week commencing 4 December 2017 (probably during the afternoons of 5and 6 December).  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.
  4. 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 on Sunday 10 December 2017. 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.
  5. Offers of pupillage will be made in the week of 11 December 2017.

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.