• Can you apply for pupillage before BPTC?Zara Arif

    On the path to qualification as a barrister, it can seem that there are a lot of years of study to complete before you get to undertake any practical experience. Many students wonder if they can undertake or apply for a pupillage before taking the Bar Practice Training Course (BPTC) and this article will aim to clear up any confusion.

  • Do you have to do a pupillage to be a barrister?Thomas Cserep

    Pupillages, mini-pupillages and the Bar Course, the path to becoming a barrister may seem confusing at first. However, we will clear up the jargon and discuss what pupillages are and whether you will have to do one to become a barrister.

  • Finding a pupillageJack Denton, Co-founder & Director,

    Landing a pupillage is tough. There are only around 450 pupillages available each year. To put that into context, around 1,500 people complete the BPTC every year and can continue applying

  • How hard is it to get a pupillage?Natasha Jones

    Aspiring barristers will have heard many stories about how competitive the Bar is, with the number of applicants per pupillage advertised increasing year-on-year. But why is the application process so competitive? What does it entail? How can you increase your chance of success? We answer your burning questions.


  • How many people apply for pupillage annually?Helena Kudiabor

    To become a barrister, you are required to complete a legal degree (or a law conversion course), vocational bar training and finally a year-long pupillage. In this article, you’ll find out just how many people apply for a pupillage each year, and what you can do to secure yours.

  • Problems finding a pupillagePaul Harris, Co-founder & Director, AllAboutLaw

    It is not guaranteed that you will find a pupillage immediately on completing your BPTC. You may have applied to several chambers, but either you’ve not heard from them at all,

  • Pupillage applicationsBilly Sexton, Editor,

    You have your heart set on a career at the Bar, despite everyone advising you against it. “It’s far too competitive… Hardly anyone secures a pupillage!” you hear them cry. But

  • The realities of gaining pupillageMaudie Powell-Tuck, AllAboutLaw

    When you decide to pursue a career at the Bar, you may find some people advising you against it, from career advisers and university lecturers to barristers on mini-pupillages.

  • What is a pupillage?Charlie Phillips, Author of Working in Law 2013

    Barristers’ pupillages last one year, and are divided into two six-month stages, known as ‘sixes’. The first ‘six’ is referred to as the ‘non-practising’ six, since the pupil is not yet

  • What is the purpose of pupillage?Lauren Ainscough

    Pupillage is the final step needed to qualify as a barrister. Usually completed in barristers’ chambers, pupillage is a 12-month training period consisting of two sixth-month phases (‘sixes’) completed under the supervision of a junior barrister. But what is the purpose of pupillage?