Pupillage Applications 2021

For September 2021, we will be offering up to 4 specialist pupillages

  • 1 in the Common Law department (Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury & Costs)
  • 1 in the Business & Property department
  • 1 in the Employment team
  • 1 in the Administrative & Public Law team

The timetable is as follows:

Tuesday 7th January 2020 - Application form available and applications accepted

Friday 7th February 2020 - Application Deadline

Monday 9th March 2020 - 1st Round Interviews

Tuesday 10th March 2020 - 1st Round Interviews

Thursday 19th March 2020 - 2nd Round Interviews

Thursday 7th May 2020 - Offers made

The pupillage award for those commencing pupillage in 2021 will be £20,000.  Chambers will consider applications to draw down up to 50% in the BPTC year.  In addition to this award we guarantee the income of pupils in their second six months up to £25,000.  So our pupils' guaranteed income in pupillage is £45,000.  

Applying For Pupillage in 2021

To apply for pupillage with Kings Chambers in 2021, please complete the online application form on www.pupillagegateway.com.

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Equality and Diversity

Our application process is designed to ensure fairness and we are wholeheartedly committed to the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Code.

Pupillage application forms are assessed ‘blind’ in that the name, address and date of birth of the applicant is removed prior to the paper assessment.

We monitor diversity by anonymised forms which applicants are requested (but not required) to complete with their application. These forms are kept separate from the application forms and are only used for monitoring purposes.


Assessing Applications

We assess applications on paper first, and would not normally shortlist applicants with lower than a 2:1 degree. We do however appreciate that sometimes an applicant’s ability/potential is not necessarily reflected by their degree result and therefore we will always have regard to any extenuating or relevant circumstances in this regard.

Based on the review of the applications we draw up a list for interview. Following an interview an applicant will be marked on their interview performance by reference to an agreed set of criteria. These marks are then added to the marks allocated to the applicant’s application and references. A shortlist is then drawn up for second interviews. We do not limit the number of available interviews. We expect to be able to make a decision following a second interview. The performance of an applicant in interview is not determinative of their application.

Throughout the process we are looking for applicants who demonstrate the potential to become excellent barristers. We do this by considering, among other things:

  • The intellectual ability of the applicant;
  • The ability of the applicant to consider, formulate and advance a position both orally and in writing;
  • The ability of the applicant to engage;
  • The ability of the applicant to exercise judgment;
  • The ommitment of the applicant to a career at the bar.

A useful guidance is to remember that we are looking for applicants who can show the potential to be excellent advocates.

We must stress that we are not looking for the “finished article”. Pupillage is intended to produce the “finished article”.

We value equality and diversity and we welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds and all sectors of the community. Candidates for pupillage and for tenancy are assessed solely on the grounds of merit.  If you are disabled and require any adjustments to be made at any stage of the application and selection process then please inform us of this and we will attempt to accommodate your needs.

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