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After successfully completing the Bar Professional Training Course, you must then start a one-year period of work-based learning known as ‘pupillage’ before you qualify as a fully-fledged barrister.


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Bar Council asks students for views on Pupillage Gateway date change

24-Nov-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Bar Council is seeking views from students on whether it should move the Pupillage Gateway to January.

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4-5 Gray's Inn Square becomes first chambers to adopt 'CV-blind' recruitment

9-Nov-2015 | By Tabby Kinder

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has become the first chambers to adopt a CV-blind application system for all barristers and staff.

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New £12,000 award created to support pupils in need at the public bar

6-Oct-2015 | By Richard Simmons

The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (ICLR) has created a new annual bursary to support a pupil in need at the publicly funded Bar.

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Atkin Chambers raises pupillage award to £72,500, the highest at the Bar

24-Sep-2015 | By Richard Simmons

Atkin Chambers has revamped its graduate recruitment process, exiting the Pupillage Gateway system and offering its pupils £72,500 from 2016 - the highest award at the Bar.

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New public sector pupillage created for this September


A new pupillage run by two chambers and Norfolk’s public sector legal service has been launched for this September.

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Bar Council moves Pupillage Gateway to January


The Bar Council has announced that it is to move the Pupillage Gateway application system from April to January from 2016.

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Surviving pupillage: the view from the clerks' room

“You are low in the hierarchy here,” said the senior clerk to the junior clerk, “but he” - pointing at the pupil - “is lower than you”.*

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Life at the bar: Christmas in Chambers – five golden rules

Our resident barrister gives her tips for a stress-free Christmas in chambers

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Life at the bar: Using your dress sense

Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister negotiates the intricacies of life in practice. This issue: dressing for court


The ultimate guide to pupillage interviews

Lawyer 2B attended City University’s event on how to get through pupillage interviews. Here are our carefully selected words of wisdom from the assembled panel.

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The Bar Barometer 2014: what else did it say?

The annual report from the Bar Standards Board and Bar Council last week made news for its erroneous assertion that tenancies had fallen by 64 per cent, overshadowing a number of interesting stats about the current makeup of the bar.


17 tips on how to get pupillage

Barristers and pupils from 5 Essex Court, Blackstone Chambers, Church Court Chambers and Devereux Chambers gathered to give their advice on how to gain pupillage to Kaplan Law School BPTC students. Here’s what we learned… 


Life at the bar: Outside the chambers bubble

Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister explains the intricacies of practice. This issue: going on secondment is a great opportunity for a young barrister, but there are pitfalls for the unwary…

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Life at the bar: Taking on senior counsel

Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister explains the intricacies of practice. This issue: squaring up against more experienced opposition


Crystal ball: What next for the bar?

Prediction: Legal aid changes will have a devastating effect on the criminal bar, although the international commercial bar will thrive

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Life at the bar: How to handle too much LIP

Lawyer 2B’s tame barrister explains the intricacies of practice. This issue: litigants in person

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Pupillage: What to Expect

About to start pupillage? Don’t panic! Henderson Chambers’ Rachel Tandy offers some advice to help you hit the ground running.


Pounds for pupillages

Auctioning internships is becoming more common, giving students from well-off backgrounds a significant leg-up into highly competitive professions, including the law

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Running the pupillage gauntlet

If you applied for pupillages last year but were unsuccessful, you may be feeling dejected. But there’s always next year and the chance to improve your prospects. Henderson Chambers’ Rachel Tandy looks at how to get back on the horse.

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Inn-side story

The Inns of Court are the beating heart of London’s legal profession, say aspiring barristers Stuart Baran and Anita Davies

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Across the bar

Becoming a QC is a major milestone in any barrister’s career, but they all started out at the bottom. Lawyer 2B asks three of 2012’s new QCs what it takes to make it at the bar

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The disparity between the number of students completing the BPTC and the pupillage places on offer means many would-be barristers are in career limbo. Christian Metcalfe reports


Applying for pupillage - take note

In the autumn issue of Lawyer 2B one bar hopeful kept a diary of the day she received four pupillage offers. Here, she reveals the secrets of her success

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The longest day: waiting for pupillage offers

Waiting on pupillage offers can be tough. One bar hopeful put pen to paper to save her nails.

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Good marks, get set, go

For those of you who are worried about plummetting retention rates spare a thought for aspiring barristers.


How to survive: Pupillage applications

Pupillage is the final stage of your training, enabling you to get out of the classroom and into the courtroom to assist on and run real cases. You must complete a pupillage to qualify as a barrister and competition is fierce.

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