Pupillage

The application process for pupillage commencing in October 2020

XXIV Old Buildings is now welcoming applications for pupillage commencing in October 2020.  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 before 9am on Monday 26 November 2018.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION AFTER THIS TIME AS IT WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.

  1. All applications received 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 Monday 26 November 2018. Please ensure, before you apply, that you will be available to take the test at that time.
  2. 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).
  3. The interviews will be at least around 20 minutes long, structured and held in person in chambers in the week commencing 3 December 2018 (probably during the afternoons of Tuesday 4 December 2018 and Wednesday 5December 2018).  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 Saturday 8 December 2018. We suggest 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.
  5. Offers of pupillage will be made in the week of 10 December 2018, with a view to giving successful applicants time to accept their offer by Christmas.

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.

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.

THE 2019/2020 XXIV GUIDE TO PUPILLAGE