The Pupillage Interview/Acceptance/Rejection Thread 2019 Watch

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Here we go, another year! In the tradition of the other threads, open with area of law and location.

My interest is Criminal and looking at London for pupillage!
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Even from the privileged position of being someone who will be sifting through applications rather than filling them in, I have not forgotten how arduous and draining this process is. Best of luck to everyone who is applying this year, and as ever I'm happy to answer questions and offer guidance where I can (if you want to guarantee that I do see any question you have, you'll want to quote or tag me so that I get notified of it).
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Does anyone have experience of applying for pupillage with extenuating cirucmstances? I'm unsure whether to declare mine or not, and wonder how they are generally recieved by Chambers.
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Does anyone have experience of applying for pupillage with extenuating cirucmstances? I'm unsure whether to declare mine or not, and wonder how they are generally recieved by Chambers.
From the details that you've posted in the past about qualifications, I can't recall you needing to declare any extenuating circumstances. PM me with your circumstances and what they apply to, and I'll give you some guidance.
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hi! I'm looking to apply to commercial sets in my final year of undergrad, as well as various masters programmes. do you know if sets would allow you a deferred pupillage offer (i.e. to commence after one's masters)? thanks!
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hi! I'm looking to apply to commercial sets in my final year of undergrad, as well as various masters programmes. do you know if sets would allow you a deferred pupillage offer (i.e. to commence after one's masters)? thanks!
Some chambers allow it but you would need to check their website or contact them before applying - usually they allow 1 year but you would require 2 for your masters and BPTC, so I would check with the chambers.
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hi! I'm looking to apply to commercial sets in my final year of undergrad, as well as various masters programmes. do you know if sets would allow you a deferred pupillage offer (i.e. to commence after one's masters)? thanks!
You can only ask, but the majority of sets specifically recruit for the time that is advertised. Some recruit a year in advance, but very few recruit two years in advance (which is what you're asking, because you'd need to do the LLM and then the BPTC). However, if you secure pupillage to start in 2020 I'd suggest that whatever reason you have for doing the LLM may then become superfluous, and you may wish to consider going straight to the BPTC, especially if the Chambers won't defer the pupillage until 2021.
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Hi All! Aiming for pupillage in a London set with a focus on public law myself.

The very best of luck to everyone this year!
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Hello all

Applying for criminal / common law pupillages just about anywhere within reason!

Best of luck to everyone.
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Hi, I've got an interview for an assessed mini-pupillage at Fountain Court tomorrow and really don't know what to expect!
I'm a non-law grad who hasn't started the GDL yet, so am nowhere near applying for pupillage. Does anyone have any tips on how to prepare, or what kind of questions they'll ask?
Thanks!
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Just taken a look at the practice Watson-Glaser test for XXIV, and it looks quite hard. Does anybody happen to know what a decent score might be/how exactly they combine the score with the application score?
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Hi all, am applying in London to sets with a serious crime/int. crime/int. law focus.

Best of luck to everyone this time around!
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Anyone heard back from Northampton chambers following 1st round interviews?
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Anyone know when results for second round interviews come out for Chartlands Chambers?

Also how did people find the? I thought they were brutal, multiple written excercises and an advocacy excercise was a lot for a day
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(Original post by Annabel_rose)
Hi, I've got an interview for an assessed mini-pupillage at Fountain Court tomorrow and really don't know what to expect!
I'm a non-law grad who hasn't started the GDL yet, so am nowhere near applying for pupillage. Does anyone have any tips on how to prepare, or what kind of questions they'll ask?
Thanks!
Treat it like a standard mini-pupillage, be polite and engaging, though do not engage when a client/someone other than the barrister you are shadowing is present, speak when spoken to in that situation

It may be worth looking into drafting things like attendance notes, advices and opinions. I feel they are generic enough to be used for all candidates
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Anyone know when results for second round interviews come out for Chartlands Chambers?

Also how did people find the? I thought they were brutal, multiple written excercises and an advocacy excercise was a lot for a day
I haven’t heard back from them either yet I agree, it was brutal! I will let you know when I hear anything, good or bad.
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XXIV first round interview invitations are out.
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I haven’t heard back from them either yet I agree, it was brutal! I will let you know when I hear anything, good or bad.
Thank you, and I will do the same

The worst were the attendance notes I had no idea how to keep them short given how in depth the cases were
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XXIV first round interview invitations are out.
I'll apply to XXIV next year; what was the verbal reasoning test like this year?
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I'll apply to XXIV next year; what was the verbal reasoning test like this year?
It's a standard Watson Glaser test, and as such the answers are liable to be completely wacky. I thought I'd completely messed it up, but obviously not!
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