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At Ten Old Square we offer one twelve-month pupillage each year. We aim to recruit a bright and enthusiastic pupil, who has the academic ability and commercial awareness needed for a career at the Chancery Bar.

We pride ourselves on the relaxed and friendly working environment in Chambers and hope that our pupil will find their time with us not only stimulating and interesting but also enjoyable. Pupillage is structured so as to equip our pupil with all the skills necessary for a successful practice at the Chancery Bar. Chambers considers pupillage to be a learning experience for the pupil and not a twelve month interview.

Historically, junior tenants have been recruited from Chambers’ pupils and we regard our pupil as the principal candidate for any tenancy. Chambers aims to recruit a junior tenant each year, although whether or not this occurs will depend on a number of factors.

Further information about pupillage can be found in our Pupillage and Junior Recruitment Policy. Brief details are set out below.

The Structure of Pupillage

Pupillage is usually divided into four periods of three months and is structured so as to provide our pupil with experience of all Chambers’ practice areas. Our pupil can expect to sit with at least four members of Chambers during their time with us.

During the second six months, there will be opportunities for our pupil to undertake work of their own, usually on a pro bono basis.

The Award

Our twelve month pupillage carries with it an award of £60,000 payable in monthly instalments in advance during the pupillage. Up to one quarter of the award may be drawn down in the year preceding pupillage.

Chambers also pays the fees for the compulsory Bar Council courses which pupils are required to attend during Pupillage.

Junior tenants do not pay rent and rates for their first year of practice or chambers expenses for the six months.

Applying for Pupillage

Chambers is offering one twelve month pupillage starting in October 2020. The recruitment process for this pupillage will take place, through the Pupillage Gateway, in January to May 2019.

The recruitment timetable is as follows:

  • Deadline for submitting applications: 7 February 2019.
  • First round interviews: 9 and 12 March 2019.
  • Written work sent out to successful first round candidates: 13 March 2019.
  • Deadline for returning the written work: 18 March 2019.
  • Second round interviews: 9 April 2019. Please note that this is a change from the previously advertised date to avoid a clash with the BSB Professional Ethics assessment.
  • Open day: on or around 24 April 2019.
  • Offer: 7 May 2019.

Those candidates who are invited to interview, who live some distance away from Chambers and who are experiencing hardship may make a request to the Pupillage Secretary by email for payment of, or a contribution to, their reasonable travel expenses within the UK of attending interviews or the open day. Each request will be considered by the Pupillage Committee and responded to in a timely manner.

Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Chambers operates an equal opportunity policy in selecting its pupil in accordance with applicable legislation, regulations and codes of practice. Ten Old Square is committed to equality of opportunity and to diversity amongst our members, clerks, staff, pupils and mini-pupils.

Unfunded Pupillages for Overseas Applicants

Chambers will also consider applications for unfunded pupillages, lasting for up to twelve months, from applicants who do not intend to practise at the English Bar. These unfunded pupillages do not form part of our recruitment system for tenants. We aim to provide unfunded pupils with both an enjoyable training and a full insight into the jurisdiction of England and Wales, while at the same time fostering our already extensive links with foreign jurisdictions. Such applications should be made by way of our Chambers’ application form and sent to the Unfunded Pupillage Secretary at Applications should be headed ‘unfunded pupillage application’. The application process involves an initial interview, followed (if successful) by a piece of written work and a further interview. Chambers will apply its usual criteria for recruiting pupils but the unfunded pupil will not be considered for tenancy at the end of the pupillage. Any offer of an unfunded pupillage will be subject to Chambers obtaining a waiver in relation to the individual pupillage from the Bar Standard Board’s Pupillage Funding and Advertising Committee in respect of the obligations it imposes to fund pupillages.

Further information about unfunded pupillage can be found in our Pupillage and Junior Recruitment Policy.


Chambers also offers non-assessed mini-pupillages. Please see the mini-pupillage page for further information.

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