We currently offer up to four 12-month pupillages a year for those keen to practice at the Bar.
We try and give our pupils a variety of training and experience, and tailor training wherever possible to the areas in which they wish to eventually practice.
Applicants will normally need at least a 2:1 to be considered unless there is mitigation to explain the lower grade or an exceptional reason (e.g. post-graduate qualifications or work experience) to waive this criterion.
The number of pupillage vacancies can vary, but we have provided at least four funded places per year in recent times, and sometimes more. We have an excellent track record of recruiting our pupils into tenancy.
We have recently tended to recruit pupils seeking a mixed common law pupillage, although by no means exclusively.
1 Gray’s Inn Square recruits via the Pupillage Gateway. The Pupillage Gateway website gives a full listing of all chambers, with direct links to their websites for information about pupillages and how to apply.
We will only accept applications for pupillage through the Pupillage Gateway except where the Bar Council exempts applicants from applying through the Pupillage Gateway. Applicants who may be exempt are those who have other advocacy qualifications.
We request that applicants who are exempt from this application procedure also abide by the Pupillage Gateway common timetable.
1 Gray’s Inn Square does not accept deferred entry applications.
Applications for third six pupillage are considered from exceptional candidates only.
Each year we receive several hundred applications for pupillage. Competition for places is very strong.
In accordance with our values, we promote equality of opportunity in selecting our trainees and in particular we encourage those from backgrounds that have not traditionally been well-represented at the Bar to apply.
We follow a 3 stage process of selection:
- Stage 1: Application forms are sifted to identify candidates for an advocacy exercise and short interview at Stage 2.
- Stage 2: Advocacy exercise and short interviews are conducted to identify candidates for further interviews and final selection at Stage 3.
- Stage 3: Final Selection interviews.