Pupillage is divided into three parts, each with a different pupil supervisor. The first part runs from October to December. During this time you will be based almost exclusively with your pupil supervisor. In the second part (January to Easter) you will work with a wider range of members of chambers. In the third part (from Easter onwards) you will undertake work for as many members as possible. This exposes you to as wide a range of work as possible and allows as many members of chambers as possible to assess your work.
Feedback is given throughout pupillage both by your supervisors and by other members for whom you work. Most of your work will be double-marked. We will offer you realistic feedback at the end of the second part of pupillage as to your prospects at that stage of being taken on as a tenant and how your work can be improved.
The tenancy decision is taken in July. It is rare for our pupils to do their own work before then. In previous years, some pupils have chosen to use the period post-decision to practise in their own right, to gain further advocacy experience and supplement their pupillage award.
Every new tenant taken on by chambers in recent years has quickly established a thriving practice. Our junior tenants have an opportunity to work across the full range of our areas of practice, alone and being led. Advocacy is an important part of practice from the start. New tenants are exempt from rent and other chambers’ expenses in their first year.
Hannah Slarks speaks at the TARGETjobs Law National Pupillage Fair on Public Law.
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