We look for high-calibre recruits who can demonstrate 4 key competencies: excellence in written and oral advocacy, the ability to analyse complex information quickly, to present arguments succinctly and persuasively; and to communicate effectively with all types of people.

Successful candidates will typically have strong academic credentials, but we have no preference as to whether your undergraduate degree is in law or whether you have since transferred.

We look for people who are determined, resilient and motivated. Experience of public speaking and mooting is desirable but not essential. We generally expect our pupils to specialise within one practice group. We take on pupils with an eye to tenancy, so our pupils do not compete with each other.

We are committed to recruiting new tenants from our pupils whenever possible. Accordingly, we offer pupillage to those who we hope and expect will become tenants. Of course there can be no guarantees, but provided that they successfully complete pupillage, our pupils can normally expect to become tenants.

When and how to apply for pupillage starting in 2025:

We intend to recruit six pupils starting in October 2025. 

To apply for pupillage you will need to submit a written application form by Wednesday, 7th February 2024 at 2pm.

Download guidance notes for applications for pupillage 2025 here.

Interview dates: 

  • First Round – Saturday 23rd March 2024
  • Second Round – Saturday 27th April 2024

Should you have any general enquiries about pupillage, please contact our Manager, Business Support Services, Isabelle Mills on 0117 923 4717 or email: [email protected].

Equal Opportunities Statement

St John’s Chambers will ensure that each application is considered on its merits regardless of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.

We ask you to complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form to help us to monitor our fair selection and recruitment practice. None of the information contained on the form will form part of our selection process.

Part-time pupillage

We are also willing to offer part-time pupillages. Please get in touch with us as above if this applies to you.

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