Posted on Dec 14, 2018 by Wilberforce Chambers
We look to offer two 12-month pupillages. You should possess high intellectual ability, excellent communication skills and a strong motivation to do commercial chancery work. You need to be mature and confident, have the ability to work with others and analyse legal problems clearly, demonstrating commercial and practical good sense. Our policy is to offer pupillage only to those people we think have real potential to join us as tenants at the end of their pupillage, and we take great care in our selection process and put effort into providing an excellent pupillage. We have a minimum requirement of a 2.1 degree in law or another subject, and we have a good track record of taking on GDL students. In recent years all of our pupils have been offered tenancy.
We operate a well-structured pupillage programme aimed at providing you with a broad experience of commercial chancery practice under several pupil supervisors with whom you will be able to develop your skills. We aim to reach a decision about tenancy after approximately 9-10 months, but all pupils are entitled to stay with us for the remainder of their pupillage on a full pupillage award.
When and how to apply
Applications for pupillage must be made through the Pupillage Gateway, the online pupillage application scheme, except where an applicant is exempt under the applicable rules. Visit for full details of how the Gateway operates and to find our application form. Applications must be submitted before 7 February 2019 and interviews will follow in March. We operate an initial long list general interview before selecting a shortlist of candidates for a more in-depth interview that aims to test legal aptitude by reference to a problem question.
We encourage potential candidates for pupillage to undertake a mini-pupillage with us in order to learn how we operate, to meet members of chambers and to see the type of work that we do - but a mini-pupillage is not a prerequisite for pupillage. We run four separate mini-pupillage weeks (in November, December, April and July). Please visit our website for an application form and for further information.
We offer a generous and competitive pupillage award which we review annually with the intention that it should be in line with the highest awards available. The award is currently £65,000 for 12 months and is paid in monthly installments. A proportion of the award (up to £20,000) can be drawn down during the BPTC year.