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.

In 2021 Park Square Barristers advertised for 2 pupils to undertake pupillage in September 2021.

The closing date for applications was 8 Friday at 11am.

Interviews for this competition will be held on a date to be confirmed in March or April 2021.

Details were advertised on the pupillage gates way.

Information about our competition in 2022 will be released in due course


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