FAQ

We set out below some frequently asked questions.

Pupillage

How do I apply?

Applications for pupillage should be made through the Pupillage Gateway.

Chambers reviews all applications for pupillage, and invites selected candidates for an assessed mini-pupillage in chambers. Assessed mini-pupillages will take place in March and early April. The present intention is for such mini-pupillages to take place in person, subject to Government guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

What standards are you looking for?
We normally require candidates to have a first class, or high upper-second class degree.

Do I need a law degree?
No. Many members of chambers have a degree in a subject other than law. We welcome the diversity that this brings.

How many pupillages do you offer?
We offer up to 3 pupillages each year.

What pupillage awards do you offer?
Pupillage awards for 2022 will be £65,000 for a full 12-month pupillage.

Is any part of the pupillage award payable earlier?
Up to £15,000 of the pupillage award may be paid to prospective pupils as an advance in their BPTC year.

Mini-Pupillage

11KBW offers two types of mini-pupillage, assessed and unassessed.

What is an unassessed mini-pupillage?
An unassessed mini-pupillage gives an experience of 11KBW to those considering the Bar but who have no particular experience of law or the Bar. Typically unassessed mini-pupils attend court or client meetings on most days of their time with us, so that they get a better idea of working life as a barrister. An application for an unassessed mini-pupillage plays no part in our consideration of a pupillage or assessed mini-pupillage application.

What is an assessed mini-pupillage?
There are two aspects.  First, we have an opportunity to assess your written and oral skills.  We use this assessment to select candidates for interview under the Pupillage Gateway scheme.  Secondly, you have an opportunity to meet as many of us as possible, and to see some of the work we do.

How do I apply?
You should apply for an unassessed mini-pupillage using our standard form, which you can download here or which you can obtain by contacting our Admin Department  (adminroom@11kbw.com or 020 7632 8500). CVs will not be accepted in addition to or instead of the application form.

Please note we will not be accepting unassessed mini-pupillage applications until Spring 2022. 

Chambers will review applications for pupillage made through the Pupillage Gateway and invite selected candidates for an assessed mini-pupillage.

When do I apply?

The deadline for applications for pupillage is the Pupillage Gateway deadline (9 February 2022). Please apply through the Pupillage Gateway in the normal fashion.

Chambers reviews all applications for pupillage, and invites selected candidates for an assessed mini-pupillage in chambers. Assessed mini-pupillages will take place in March and early April 2022. The present intention is for such mini-pupillages to take place in person, subject to Government guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants for pupillage may ask (i) to conduct a mini-pupillage remotely; or (ii) to submit a written answer to a mini-pupillage problem instead of doing an assessed mini-pupillage. Any such application should be made by email to adminroom@11kbw.com by 9 February 2022.

Normally it is best for you to do an assessed mini-pupillage in the year in which you apply to 11KBW through the Pupillage Gateway.  If you are offered an assessed mini pupillage and your plans change, you should ask for your mini pupillage to be deferred.

Normally we would expect applicants for unassessed mini-pupillages to have completed at least the first year of their degree course (whether that is in law or not).

Please note we will not be accepting unassessed mini-pupillage applications until Spring 2022. 

Do you interview for mini-pupillages?
We do not interview for assessed mini-pupillages. We select on the basis of your pupillage application form only.

We do not interview for unassessed mini-pupillages.  We select on the basis of your application form only.

How long is a mini-pupillage?
Unassessed mini-pupillages typically last for 3 days.

We invite successful applicants for assessed mini-pupillages to come to chambers for 3 days.