We like to think of pupils as an investment in the future of chambers. Our selection process is extensive, rigorous but fair. At 33 Bedford Row every effort is made to create a relaxed environment where pupils will thrive in the professional development. The width and breadth of work we offer will provide a pupil with a solid foundation upon which to start a career at the Bar. We encourage prospective applicants to apply for mini-pupillages which we consider an important part of our applications process. Those short listed will be encouraged to spend a week with us before a final offer is made.
As a pupil at 33 Bedford Row, you will have four pupil supervisors through the year. Pupil supervisors are chosen to ensure that each pupil gets a solid grounding in the four core areas of Chambers’ work – Civil, Crime, Family and Regulatory Law. During each seat, we encourage pupils to be involved in every aspect of their pupil supervisor’s work. We try to give our pupils a rounded overview of a criminal barrister’s role, and equip them for the challenges they will face in practice. Our aim is to give you all the skills you will need to be an outstanding advocate. Beyond these three core areas, you will experience your supervisors’ particular areas of expertise. You will be encouraged to participate in research and to work for other tenants to broaden and build on those core areas. From your very first day, you will be expected to get involved in your pupil supervisor’s work. The typical work involves doing legal research, preparing first drafts of skeleton arguments, opening notes, compiling written advices. Often you will be asked to prepare an examination in chief, cross-examination and both opening and closing speeches.
You will be expected to prepare and attend conferences with clients, to contribute if asked to and to discuss the strategic, procedural and ethical elements of cases with their supervisors. We place great emphasis on the close working relationship between pupil and supervisor. We strongly encourage our pupils to take on pro bono cases with FRU or other charities, and we will provide support and ensure that you have the time you need to dedicate to pro bono work.There is a structured programme of feedback so that at the end of each seat, you will be assessed against a set of criteria, the idea is to identify any issues very early on and provide the help and assistance necessary. You will in addition be set written work once a month which will be assessed by a senior member of chambers and one junior. In addition, there will be in house advocacy sessions which will increase in regularity and intensity the closer the pupil comes to starting the second six months.
33 Bedford Row has a gradual policy of expansion and looking to take on outstanding applicants as tenants but not everyone who applies will be offered a tenancy. Our decision will be based on your overall performance in pupilage but particular regard will be given to the feedback from others about your written work and performance in the advocacy training.
We are not currently recruiting for new pupils. Future pupillage competitions and applicable timetables will be announced here and via the Pupillage Gateway.
We expect applicants to have an upper-second class degree. It will not be a disadvantage if that is not in law. We wish to recruit outstanding candidates regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, or gender.