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Applications for pupillage

Applications for the 2024/5 pupillage vacancies are now closed in accordance with the BSB mandatory timetable.


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Pupillage Gateway

Applications for the 2024/5 pupillage vacancies are now closed in accordance with the BSB mandatory timetable.

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Find out more about pupilage at The Barrister Group with our frequently asked questions.

We're serious about your career at the Bar



The Barrister Group philosophy is to take advantage of technology and collaboration, to deliver an innovative Pupillage learning experience.

We also offer real flexibility in work types combined with national coverage. We won’t try to pigeonhole pupils too early.



Our priority is to ensure access to the Bar is open to all on an equal basis.  We actively lobby for the removal of barriers to access.

We support students and pupils faced with difficulty and adversity. We value those with experience outside of the formal training environment. This enhances the diversity of the profession and contributes to justice for all.



Our deliberate strategy is to maintain the monetary financial award for pupillage at the minimum mandatory level, so that we can provide more pupillages.

This is enhanced by the provision of practical resources, skills development and support which does not have a strict financial value.

High standards

High Standards

We ensure high standards through assessment and selection, a robust training programme and  structured feedback. 

Our continuous improvement approach combined with the right balance of innovative technology and human interaction ensures we maintain the highest of objective standards.


Ideal Pupil Criteria

Ideal Pupil Criteria

We have devised our hypothetical ‘ideal pupil barrister’ available to view here

We have mapped this against the competencies set out in the Professional Statement for Barristers. 

You can view this here





The Barrister Group welcomes applications from prospective pupils and transferring qualified lawyers with waivers; in recognition that the BSB will have awarded this based on significant relevant knowledge and experience.

View our guidance note on waivers here

Pupillage open evening webinar

On December 19 we hosted an open evening about our pupillage offering. You can view the full webinar recording here.


Frequently asked questions

There are lots more resources for pupils and junior barristers on the Pupillage Academy website and we are adding to this all the time.

What is pupillage and what are the rules?

Pupillage/work based learning is one of the stages (or components) of training to become a barrister. The Bar Standard Board (BSB) has full details of the process and the various pathways on their website which you can read here.

The BSB Authorisation Framework sets out the mandatory requirements for pupillage/work-based learning as follows:

2.2 or equivalent degree required, either a law degree, or a non-law degree plus further graduate/post-graduate study and in both cases must cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge.

Successful completion of the vocational component.

Student is a member of an Inn and has been Called.

Student has completed the required number of Qualifying Sessions.

It is possible to obtain a waiver/exemption (see here) from any of these provisions either as a transferring qualified lawyer or on the basis of significant work experience. Many individuals who have obtain such waivers/exemptions are still required to undertake pupillage or a proportion of it. Indeed, many of  The Barrister Group's previous pupils and members have done just so and we welcome applications from such individuals.

Therefore, whilst it is possible to apply for pupillage with us at any stage, you must have satisfied the BSB Authorisation Framework requirements before commencing any period of pupillage with us. If we agree that you could secure an exemption/waiver, we will guide you through the BSB application process ahead of your pupillage commencing.

Every organisation which offers pupillage/work based learning must be registered to do so with the BSB; they are called Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs) and they have to comply with a set of rules from the BSB.

There is presently a mandatory timetable for advertising and recruitment for pupillage/work based learning as well as a requirement for all vacancies for pupillage to be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway in line with this mandatory timetable, the most recent of which can be viewed here.

When and where will The Barrister Group advertise?

The Barrister Group's application for pupillage for the next recruitment season will be advertised on the Pupillage Gateway as required in accordance with the mandatory timetable. We have opted out of processing our applications through the Gateway and instead will link from our Pupillage Gateway advertisement to our own website which will be published in line with the mandatory timetable.

We believe that in this way, we can make the process even more fair and transparent – particularly as  The Barrister Group have no minimum educational requirements over and above that required by the BSB Authorisation Framework. We can also make the application process as anonymous as possible; reducing the chances of unconscious bias.

What does pupillage at The Barrister Group look like?

The purpose of pupillage is for pupils to develop and demonstrate the competences in the Professional Statement for Barristers to the threshold standard.  This stage is about using the skills, knowledge and experience you have previously gained in a practical work environment.  As pupils are required to meet the threshold standard as a minimum in order to be able to receive a Full Practising Certificate and be authorised to practice by the BSB, by the end of your pupillage, with  The Barrister Group support you will be required to demonstrate that you have developed all of the competences to this standard.

A summary of the The Barrister Group Pupillage Journey can be seen here.

That’s great - can you give us an idea of what that might look like in practice?

Of course, we have summarised some of our former pupils’ stories and journeys which you can read here.

Everything you need to know about Pupillage at The Barrister Group can be found in our Pupillage Guide and Handbook.

Will The Barrister Group give feedback to applicants?

Yes, where we can, we will give constructive feedback – the only caveat to this is that to ensure a fair, objective and diverse application process, the first stage of our application process is purely anonymous and we will not be able to give feedback for those who are unsuccessful at stage one. However, we will provide some guidance on how candidates can undertake research to improve their performance and will also provide online videos/webinars which will be open to all.

Talking of diversity, what is The Barrister Group’s approach to this?

The Barrister Group is already an incredibly diverse chambers and feels strongly about promoting and encouraging equality and diversity at the Bar and encourages applications from any and all members of under-represented groups at the bar. Since its inception in 2001,  The Barrister Group has gained an increasingly positive reputation for being an incredibly inclusive chambers with many finding a home here who have felt unable to do so at more traditional sets.

You can see and hear more about our approach and policies here

What we offer you at The Barrister Group


Pupil Handbook

Download our Pupil Handbook here


Pupil stories

Hear from some of our past pupils and their career journey with The Barrister Group


Offer & Written Terms

Download our template pupillage offer and written terms.

We are flexible:

allowing you to choose when and how you work

We are inclusive:

there’s a place for everyone at The Barrister Group

We are innovative:

delivering tech solutions to make your development easier

We are approachable:

we’re here to help you grow any way we can

Don't just take our word for it: hear from our former pupils

Working with my supervisor was extremely rewarding and I was pushed to work to the highest standards; this was achieved through frequent contact and feedback from my pupil supervisor.

Owen Smith
Owen Smith

Barrister - former TBG Pupil

As soon as I was introduced to the team at The Barrister Group, I had nothing but support from every member of staff.

My pupil supervisor was extremely experienced, knowledgeable and always treated me as an equal.


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Joanne Philipson

Barrister - former TBG Pupil

My pupil supervisor was always at hand to answer any questions and go through any issues that may have arisen in my cases. We would discuss cases daily and he also set mock hearings for me to practice in advance. 

Teri Howel
Teri Howel

Barrister - former TBG Pupil