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The Pupillage Interview/Acceptance/Rejection Thread 2012

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    I applied to Deans Court and just received an email saying I could make another application to somewhere else.

    Pulling out this close, doesn't fill you with confidence in the hunt for pupillage...
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    (Original post by littlewig)
    I applied to Deans Court and just received an email saying I could make another application to somewhere else.

    Pulling out this close, doesn't fill you with confidence in the hunt for pupillage...
    Makes you wonder why they pulled out this close.
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    (Original post by Alexr115)
    Makes you wonder why they pulled out this close.
    I can only presume they realised they didn't have the funds for it?

    I'm v keen to practice on the Northern Circuit but very few chambers are advertising pupillage this year- it's such a shame and unfortunately a sign of the times, I suspect. I doubt things will improve next year either if/when the Legal Aid Bill goes through...
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    (Original post by Little_Amy)
    I can only presume they realised they didn't have the funds for it?

    I'm v keen to practice on the Northern Circuit but very few chambers are advertising pupillage this year- it's such a shame and unfortunately a sign of the times, I suspect. I doubt things will improve next year either if/when the Legal Aid Bill goes through...
    There's still a good number of chambers on the Northern Circuit. There's a few on the North Eastern circuit if you can live in Leeds, I think there are 3 chambers recruiting.
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    I just submitted my 12th application through PP. Does anyone know when chambers start replying?
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    Is anyone having troubles with the word count on the 1KBW form? It keeps cutting me off at 130 words when I'm meant to have 150 words.
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    (Original post by zara82)
    I just submitted my 12th application through PP. Does anyone know when chambers start replying?
    so very jealous. only four down, eight more (maybe seven) to go!
    I remember it was at least 2-3 weeks before I had heard back from Chambers last year (rejected, rejected, rejected...)
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    Last minute applications tonight guys! Lets power through!

    Sent off my OLPAS ones now doing the non-OLPAS forms (only doing a couple but still will take a while... )
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    (Original post by Little_Amy)
    I can only presume they realised they didn't have the funds for it?

    I'm v keen to practice on the Northern Circuit but very few chambers are advertising pupillage this year- it's such a shame and unfortunately a sign of the times, I suspect. I doubt things will improve next year either if/when the Legal Aid Bill goes through...
    Hi Little_Amy - I agree with your comments - I was surprised to see several chambers on the Northern Circuit, particularly those in Manchester, not taking part in this year's pupillage season.

    It was good to see that 9 St John Street is offering 3/4 pupillages, however, I was hoping to see St Johns Buildings on the Portal after their recent expansion - perhaps they may appear later in the year?

    Bad news about Deans Court - I hope those who applied manage to find an alternative application.
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    That is enough for me now. submitted 7 out of 12 apps, it would have been 8 if Deans Court Chambers had not pulled out.

    I've sent one non-olpas form off but there about 4 others non-olpas ones that I am going to apply to. However the deadlines aren't that imminent so I'm taking a few days off!
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    (Original post by Little_Amy)
    Is anyone having troubles with the word count on the 1KBW form? It keeps cutting me off at 130 words when I'm meant to have 150 words.
    I can't even open the bloody thing! Downloaded the new Adobe reader too! Which version have you got? May have to download an older version or just forget about it this year

    EDIT: nevermind have managed to get it, will let you know if I have any other problems too!
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    (Original post by Alexr115)
    That is enough for me now. submitted 7 out of 12 apps, it would have been 8 if Deans Court Chambers had not pulled out.

    I've sent one non-olpas form off but there about 4 others non-olpas ones that I am going to apply to. However the deadlines aren't that imminent so I'm taking a few days off!
    Why not fill the remaining 5 slots?
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    9 down and 3 to go, followed by a month or so of sitting at the computer constantly refreshing my email until...REJECTION, REJECTION, REJECTION. Whoop!!!
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    The portal system is a nightmare to use, but to be fair, the applications look quite presentable when they are in PDF form.
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    (Original post by andymt)
    The portal system is a nightmare to use, but to be fair, the applications look quite presentable when they are in PDF form.
    Yes, I was quite surprised about this. I'm sure they didn't look like that last year.

    Right, all twelve done. Thank god for that.
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    anyone else awake/doing OLPAS?!
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    (Original post by third time lucky)
    anyone else awake/doing OLPAS?!
    Yup, I'm on the night shift.

    I have not been to bed before 3 every day so far this week - various pieces of work and now OLPAS. All good fun.
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    (Original post by third time lucky)
    anyone else awake/doing OLPAS?!
    Awake yes, but Non-olpas......

    Got the slight feeling that non-olpas are even stricter as they even ask for O and A level grades with all the names of the subjects etc.
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    (Original post by zara82)
    Awake yes, but Non-olpas......

    Got the slight feeling that non-olpas are even stricter as they even ask for O and A level grades with all the names of the subjects etc.
    I have five (eugh) more OLPAS to do. And one non-OLPAS to finish.

    Good Luck Inner Temple, you sound snowed-under.
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    (Original post by third time lucky)
    Good Luck Inner Temple, you sound snowed-under.
    Thanks! I have called it a day now. All my OLPAS applications are in. About 8 targeted applications and 4 general 'have a go' types.

    Time for some sleep before starting on the rest of my hit list - which are non OLPAS.

    Good luck to everyone still awake!

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