Pupillage

Applications open for pupillage commencing in October 2022 from 11am on 4 January 2021

XXIV Old Buildings welcomes applications for pupillage commencing in October 2022 between 11am on 4 January 2021 and 11am on 8 February 2021.  There are up to 3 pupillages available, each of which will receive an award of at least £65,000 (up to a quarter of which may, on application, be drawn down during the BPTC).

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 between 11am on 4 January 2021 and 11am on 8 February 2021 (being the window stipulated by the Bar Standards Board).  Please do not submit an application after 11am on 8 February 2021 as it will not be processed.
  2. Following 11am on Monday 8 February 2021: All applicants will receive details by email of how to perform an online aptitude test, which will have to be completed during the week beginning 8 February 2021. Please email our Pupillage Co-ordinator, Edward Cumming QC, (at pupillage@xxiv.co.uk) as soon as possible if you think we might be able to make any reasonable accommodations to cater for your particular circumstances.
  3. Those candidates who perform well below average on the aptitude test will be eliminated.  We shall then assess and score the application forms of the top-scoring candidates on the test, and combine that score with their aptitude test scores.  The 40 candidates with the highest combined scores will be invited to interview.  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).
  4. The interviews will be in a structured format and be at least around 20 minutes long.  We will endeavor to conduct them in chambers in the week commencing 15 February 2021 (probably during the afternoons of Tuesday 16 February 2021 and Wednesday 17 February 2021), but – depending on the public health situation – may make alternative suggestions.  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.  We will endeavour to conduct this in chambers – subject to the public health situation – and anticipate that it will involve you being invited to prepare for and take part in (i) an advocacy exercise, (ii) a group discussion exercise, and (iii) an unseen written exercise. You will also 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 – again subject to the public health situation – our intention is for it to take place on Saturday 20 February 2021. We suggest that you ensure, before you apply, that you can come to London for the whole of 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 at 9am on Friday 7 May 2021 (i.e. in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable).

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.

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.

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 available here – 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 are offering three pupillages from October 2022 (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 in October 2022 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.

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