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Pupillages

Trainee barristers undertake a one-year pupillage as the final stage of their training, usually with a barristers’ chambers such as ours.

You can start a pupillage up to 5 years after completing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), and you would normally apply for pupillage about 18 months before you intend to begin. Pupils work under a barrister’s supervision, and the year is split into 2 halves:

  • In the ‘first six’, you’ll do research; draft opinions and other documents for the courts; read your supervisor’s paperwork; and observe them in meetings and in court.
  • In the ‘second six’, you can undertake court work of your own, still under supervision.

Obtaining a pupillage is a very competitive process, wherever you apply. If you are successful in your application to Park Square Barristers, your pupillage will normally start in the autumn of the year after you were accepted. At the end of the pupillage, you will be a fully qualified barrister and you may be offered tenancy at Park Square Barristers.

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How to apply for a pupillage

Our pupillage competition for 2018/2019 has now closed.

We anticipate taking 2 pupils in 2019/2020, and we offer an enhanced bursary. All applications to Park Square Barristers must come DIRECTLY TO US (not via the Pupillage Gateway, even though we advertise our pupillages there). When made available, you will need to download our Pupillage Application Form and return the completed to us by email – please use this email address only, and don’t copy your email to any other addresses. All correspondence will be by email, so please ensure that we have your current email address, and do notify us of any change.

Key dates for 2019/2020 entry (to be announced)

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