Pupillage

Our Process

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.

You can also follow us on Twitter for further updates.

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.

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 2019) 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 2019 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.

You can also follow us on Twitter for further updates.

Full details of the selection process, including the objective criteria which we apply throughout the process, are in the Pupillage and Recruitment Policy.

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