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Pupillage

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 installments 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.

Applying for Pupillage

The next pupillage we will offer will start in October 2019. The recruitment process for this pupillage will take place in January and February 2018.

Chambers is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway and its application deadline is earlier than the Pupillage Gateway. Applications should be made on Chambers’ own application form, which will be made available in December 2017.  The deadline for such applications is likely to be mid-January 2018. Specific details of the deadline and selection process and timetable will be posted on this website from December 2017

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 pupillage@tenoldsquare.com. 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.

Mini-Pupillages

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

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