What is a pupillage?
A pupillage is the final stage in training to be a barrister. It is your opportunity to put everything you have learnt so far into practice. It is possible to look at a pupillage as the equivalent to the trainee solicitor’s ‘training contract’. Although you will already have under taken the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course) and will have been ‘called to the Bar’; a pupillage is essential for anyone that wishes to practice. It is the only way to secure a tenancy (a permanent place) within a set of chambers. Pupillage usually takes a year to complete and is divided ‘sixes’; two six month periods.
What do you learn?
Under the supervision of a junior barrister, you will build on what you have already learnt; combining your academic ability with your BPTC vocational experience. You will partake in the day-to-day practical work of chambers. Pupillage will also provide chambers with an opportunity to assess your desirability as a permanent tenant. It is helpful to view it as rather like an apprenticeship.
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