Pupillage deadlines

Chambers Reports

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 pupillagesAround 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 CourtSouth SquareWilberforce) 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.

Recruited via Pupillage Gateway in 2019             

Recruited outside Pupillage Gateway in 2019

Blackstone Chambers
Brick Court Chambers
39 Essex Chambers
Essex Court Chambers
One Essex Court
5 Essex Court
20 Essex Street
Farrar's Building
Fountain Court Chambers
Hailsham Chambers
1 Hare Court
Henderson Chambers
Keating Chambers
7 King's Bench Walk
Landmark Chambers (general pupillage)
Littleton Chambers
Maitland Chambers
Monckton Chambers
Outer Temple Chambers
Quadrant Chambers
Queen Elizabeth Building
Serle Court
South Square
4 Stone Buildings
2 Temple Gardens
3 Verulam Buildings
Wilberforce Chambers
Atkin Chambers
2 Bedford Row
Crown Office Chambers
Erskine Chambers
Falcon Chambers
Francis Taylor Building
Government Legal Profession (deadline for 2021 start: 26 July 2019)
Keating Chambers
Landmark Chambers (property pupillage)  
Matrix Chambers
4 New Square
XXIV Old Buildings
4 Pump Court
Pump Court Tax Chambers
St John's Chambers
Tanfield Chambers