The selection and training of pupils is vital to the continued success of Oriel Chambers. Chambers only offers pupillage with a view to offering tenancy to successful pupils at the conclusion of their training. Every effort is made to support our pupils during pupillage. Pupils are encouraged to obtain broad-based practical experience during pupillage and will have the opportunity to experience work in all areas in which Members of Chambers practice. Chambers believes this approach provides the best practical education possible and establishes a firm foundation upon which a pupil barrister can be expected to build a successful practice and future career.
Chambers welcomes applications from solicitors wishing to convert to the Bar who should apply to the Head of Chambers, Mr Richard Bradley, with a CV and covering letter. Chambers' offers a maximum of 1 to 2 pupillages per year depending upon the quality of applicants.
Pupillage Selection Criteria include:
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Within those criteria, Chambers are looking for:
- evidence of strong academic ability and a minimum 2:1 initial degree, save in exceptional circumstances. A successful candidate will have achieved good A Level results (or equivalent);
- evidence of advocacy skills, for example from mooting, debating or other public speaking, and including evidence of sound judgement. In addition, any stage of the interview process may include a short practical advocacy exercise;
- evidence of good interpersonal skills and the personality to make a positive contribution to both the profession and to Chambers, for example evidenced by previous employment and/or life experiences both within and beyond the sphere of “The Law”;
- highly motivated applicants committed to pursuing a career at the Bar and to practising in Liverpool and Preston, for example evidenced by the undertaking of mini-pupillages and/or other similar work experience and by the reasoning behind applying to us.
The examples given should not be taken as exclusive of other evidence falling within the criteria.
Chambers has 1 vacancy for pupillage commencing in October 2019 and will be accepting applications between 11a.m. on 7th January 2019 and 11 a.m. on 7th February 2019.
Pupillage Application Form 2019 (2105 KB)
All pupillage opportunities will be advertised on this website and onwww.pupillagegateway.com and registered with the General Council of the Bar in accordance with Bar Council Regulations.
Structure of Pupillage
Pupils are allocated to one Pupil Supervisor for a 12 month period of pupillage, although they will attend Court with a number of members of Chambers in the course of their first sixth months of pupillage. Pupils will also attend case conferences and deal with paperwork, including legal pleadings, advices and opinions. During the second six months of pupillage, pupils can expect to be in court conducting their own cases regularly. A successful candidate's particular interests will be taken into account when allocating a Pupil Supervisor.
2019/20 Pupils: £6,000 award and £10,000 guaranteed earnings. (However, in Chambers' experience Pupils can reasonably expect to receive earnings in excess of the guaranteed minimum during the second six months). Chambers also covers the fees for all compulsory courses undertaken as part of pupillage (The aforesaid shall not apply to pupillages offered pursuant to paragraph 5(b) to (f) of the Pupillage Funding and Advertising Requirements 2003).
Chambers encourages prospective Pupils to undertake a mini-pupillage in Chambers. This will give candidates an opportunity to experience the work and atmosphere of Chambers. Information on mini-pupillages can be found here.
Equality and Diversity
Chambers complies with the requirements of the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar which can be found on the website of the Bar Standards Board at www.barstandardsboard.org.uk