Pupillage application deadlines 2019
Most sets recruit pupils 18 months in advance – i.e. they are recruiting in the 2018/19 academic year for 2020/21 pupillages. Around half of pupillages can be applied for via the Pupillage Gateway, a dedicated portal run by the Bar Council for barristers applying to sets of chambers.
The 2019 Pupillage Gateway has now closed for applications. The 2018/19 Gateway timetable saw the system open for browsing from 28 November 2018 with the application window officially open from 7 January 2019 to 7 February (though the application deadline was extended to 11 February due to IT issues.) Pupillage offers for applications via the Gateway will be made after 7 May 2019, and should remain open for 14 days after that.
|Pupillage Gateway timetable 2018/19|
|28 November 2018||Adverts start to go live|
|7 January 2019, 11am||Gateway opens for applications|
|7 February 2019, 11am||Gateway closes - application deadline|
|7 May 2019, 9am||Offers made by sets|
Since 2019 it has been possible to apply to up to 20 sets via the Pupillage Gateway rather than the previous 12. We have noticed that a number of big sets which previously recruited outside the Gateway (Serle Court, South Square, Wilberforce) joined the Gateway for 2018/19.
Other sets continue to recruit outside the Pupillage Gateway; of these a few follow the Gateway timetable, but many recruit earlier and a few later. Some smaller and less well-known sets recruit for pupils just a year or a few months in advance. Below is a list of all sets featured in our Chambers Reports, noting whether they recruited through the Gateway or outside in 2019.