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 their 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. Pupillage at 33 Bedford Row 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 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 four 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 and 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 your supervisor. 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. Third and Second Six Pupillages Chambers has a strong commitment to recruiting Junior members across all practice areas of Chambers and welcomes applications from exceptional and talented candidates with a strong background in the Chambers core practice areas. Our Third and Second Six pupils can expect to be in court on a regular basis and will have a dedicated pupil supervisor to monitor their work and progress. Our pupils will be expected to be able to conduct hearings across a broad spectrum of courts and tribunals, both with their own case load and Chambers case load. In selecting a Second or Third Six Pupil Chambers looks for the following qualities: Intellectual ability. Effective examples of advocacy. Demonstrated interest in the area of work for which the Pupillage is being offered. Committed work ethos. In addition to the above we expect our pupils to be keen to learn, exhibit original thinking and be committed to the practice area. Chambers is fully aware of the difficulties for those who join the Bar and to that end pupils will not be expected to pay Chambers rent but commission during the course of their pupillage term. Applications for Second and Third Six Pupillages are to be made in the first instance to the Head of the Pupillage Committee by way of CV and covering letter. Explaining why you believe you meet the criteria set out. Chambers operates a fair recruitment policy and is committed to the Equality and Diversity Code of the Bar. Tenancy decision 33 Bedford Row has a gradual policy of expansion and look to take on outstanding pupils as tenants but not everyone who applies will be offered a tenancy. Our decision will be based on your overall performance in pupillage but particular regard will be given to the feedback from others about your written work and performance in the advocacy training. Applying for pupillage We are not currently recruiting for new pupils. Future pupillage competitions and applicable timetables will be announced here and via the Pupillage Gateway. Pupillage Standard 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.