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What does pupillage mean in law?
Pupillage is a 12-month training period for those aiming to qualify as barristers, usually spent in a barristers’ chambers (aka ‘set’). It is divided into two distinct six-month periods. During the ‘first six’ you will shadow the cases of an experienced barrister; in the ‘second six’ you may take on work of your own.
Do you need a law degree for a pupillage?
Pupillages usually start in September or October one year after being accepted by chambers. You should start looking at what’s available at the beginning of the second year of your law degree (or the third year of a non-law degree). As a general rule, apply for pupillage at least a year in advance.
Do you get paid for a pupillage?
After that, it’s pupillage. Pupil barristers receive an annual minimum salary of £12,000, although some chambers pay more than that, depending on the practice area. Details of pupillages and funding arrangements are provided in The Pupillage Handbook, which is available free from the Bar Council or online.
Can you become a barrister without pupillage?
Court Advocate This is a legal job barristers without pupillage are eligible to apply for, and it’s essentially the same as a barrister role. Organisations such as FRU (Free Representation Unit) and firms including LPC Law offer such roles.
How many Pupillages should I apply for?
As a rule of thumb, you should apply for pupillage at least a year before you wish to start (ie, in January 2022 for a pupillage beginning in September 2023). You can apply to up to 12 Gateway member chambers (but as many non-member chambers as you like).
Can a pupil appear in court?
Second-six pupils in criminal sets are typically in court several times a week, while pupils in civil sets may have only two or three cases in a week. Second-six pupils in commercial sets can go their entire pupillage without ever appearing in court.
What do you do during pupillage?
Your pupillage will help you consolidate everything you learned during your vocational component and pick up other skills along the way. During your non-practising period, you will shadow your supervisor and assist with court document preparation and conduct legal research.
Are you called to the bar before pupillage?
Pupillage is the final stage of training to be a barrister. Although you will be called to the Bar on passing the Bar course, pupillage is essential if you wish to practise; in this sense it is the equivalent of the trainee solicitor’s training contract.
What happens if you don’t get a pupillage?
2. If you can’t find pupillage, go to a law firm. In fact, a stint as an employed barrister can pay dividends. Hardwicke commercial barrister Laurence Page said: “I wanted to get out of medical negligence and into commercial work.
Is it hard to get a pupillage?
“[Landing a pupillage is] a strenuous and difficult process – one that’s not to be underestimated.” The numbers of BPTC graduates with pupillages have also fallen in the last couple of years, to fewer than 200 in 2018.
What do you need to know about pupillage?
Pupillage is the final step towards qualification as a barrister. You can commence it on completion of: A qualifying law degree; or. A non-law degree and a law conversion course such as the Graduate Diploma in Law (the GDL); and. The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).
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How is a pupillage similar to an apprenticeship?
Pupillage is similar to an apprenticeship, during which bar graduates build on what they have learnt during the BPTC or equivalent by combining it with practical work experience in a set of barristers’ chambers or pupillage training organisation.
Do you need a law degree to do pupillage?
Pupillage is the final step towards qualification as a barrister. You can commence it on completion of: A qualifying law degree; or. A non-law degree and a law conversion course such as the Graduate Diploma in Law (the GDL); and.