What is pupillage?

  • Pupillage is the final stage of the route to qualification at the Bar, in which the pupil gains practical training under the supervision of an experienced barrister. 

  • Pupillage is divided into two parts:

    1. the non-practising six months during which pupils shadow, and work with, their approved pupil supervisor, and
    2. the second practising six months when pupils, with their approved pupil supervisor's permission, can undertake to supply legal services and exercise rights of audience.
  • Pupillage can be undertaken in both employed and self-employed practice.

More information can be found on the Bar Standard's Board website, and you can read all of the information on our dedicated 'Becoming a barrister' webpages

Advertising pupillage

Pupillage providers must advertise all pupillage vacancies on the designated website http://www.pupillagegateway.com. The vacancies are divided into two types: Pupillage Gateway and non-Pupillage Gateway.

3rd Six pupillages

Vacancy lists for 3rd Sixes are listed on this website.

Please note these are not actually pupillages, or form part of a barrister's formal training and are, in effect, probationary tenancies.

Pupillage Fair

This is the only pupillage fair that is run by the Bar to ensure it is fully representative of the Bar.

For all information or to sign up to the Fair, please click here.