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Anyone heard from Zenith on the Family pupillage?
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(Original post by ves3925)
Thankyou! It was not, just a standard format that states the date they take place and how to arrange a time. If you're still waiting I know that last year there were delays between telling different people so it's not bad news yet!

Crime pupillage, I didn't apply for the others
Ah okay thank you ! I applied for the Common Law pupillage so i'll keep my fingers crossed
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I have applied for both Family and Common Law with Zenith and heard nothing yet!
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(Original post by lulu_dudette)
Hi everyone.
I was successful last year in my quest and I'm currently in my first six at a chambers in London doing a mix of family and crime.
It took me 6 (very long) years to get pupillage so I know what the process is like and how tough it can be.

If I can help please let me know. And massive good luck to you all. Remember it only takes one to say yes!
Thank you for offering your guidance with this tough process. Can I ask how it took you 6 years to get pupillage, given that post BPTC you've only got 5 years before you're out of time? I'm assuming you're counting pre-BPTC applications?

I'm also interested in knowing what you did during those 6 years and how you think that helped your application.
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Thank you for offering your guidance with this tough process. Can I ask how it took you 6 years to get pupillage, given that post BPTC you've only got 5 years before you're out of time? I'm assuming you're counting pre-BPTC applications?

I'm also interested in knowing what you did during those 6 years and how you think that helped your application.
Hi, yes I am including during BPTC applications and I had to resit my Civil lit exam so I tried from 2013 onwards so 6 rounds including the one I was successful in.

During that 6 years I was working and volunteering. I worked for The Student Loans Company (completely non legal) until the end of 2015 then I got a paralegal job working in family law. During my time I was working for SLC I was volunteering in courts with defendants families. So I very much kept my hand in at least something legal for the entire time. I also kept in with my inn post call and volunteered for them during that time as well.
All I can say is keep plodding on. Look at chambers that will suit you - look at the most recent tenants and see what their profiles are like.

If you want anything more specific feel free to message me directly!
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Zenith Family Law interviews are out!
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Ah okay thank you ! I applied for the Common Law pupillage so i'll keep my fingers crossed
Has anyone heard back from Zenith regarding their common law pupillage?
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Has anyone heard back from Zenith regarding their common law pupillage?
I think they are staggering the responses ie Wednesday was for Criminal pupillage, Thursday for Family and I'm assuming today is for Common Law
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I think they are staggering the responses ie Wednesday was for Criminal pupillage, Thursday for Family and I'm assuming today is for Common Law
I have just received an e-mail with an invite to first round for their common law pupillage - I posted too soon!
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(Original post by Leagle Beagle)
I have just received an e-mail with an invite to first round for their common law pupillage - I posted too soon!

I just got one to ! Congratulations !
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I just got one to ! Congratulations !
Congratulations to you also!
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Invitations to interview for first round at Atkin Chambers are out!
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Hi everyone, in case you haven't seen this website discussed in the legal news lately...

A new site has launched called "Pupillage and How to Get It". It's a fantastic resource, I'm so grateful it exists!

https://pupillageandhowtogetit.com/

On a related point, I was wondering what people think of the kind of question that comes up sometimes in pupillage interviews along the lines of "Pick three people to share a hot-air balloon ride with. Then imagine there's a puncture and you'll have to throw one person out. Who would you save?". Does anyone have experience of answering this kind of (slightly ridiculous!) question?
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(Original post by Celereter101)
Hi everyone, in case you haven't seen this website discussed in the legal news lately...

A new site has launched called "Pupillage and How to Get It". It's a fantastic resource, I'm so grateful it exists!

https://pupillageandhowtogetit.com/

On a related point, I was wondering what people think of the kind of question that comes up sometimes in pupillage interviews along the lines of "Pick three people to share a hot-air balloon ride with. Then imagine there's a puncture and you'll have to throw one person out. Who would you save?". Does anyone have experience of answering this kind of (slightly ridiculous!) question?
In relation to your interview question, take a look at 5 Essex Court's report on Pupillage feedback.
They put to their interviewees that "if everyone has a book inside them, which book would you be?".
They give detailed feedback on the various responses to that question, and notably state:
"No candidate gave an answer to this question which altered the panel’s overall view of whether they should be offered a second round interview. In general the best answers demonstrated breadth of interests and character".
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(Original post by Celereter101)
On a related point, I was wondering what people think of the kind of question that comes up sometimes in pupillage interviews along the lines of "Pick three people to share a hot-air balloon ride with. Then imagine there's a puncture and you'll have to throw one person out. Who would you save?". Does anyone have experience of answering this kind of (slightly ridiculous!) question?
It's not a slightly ridiculous question. It's a hugely ridiculous question. It's designed to find out more about someone's personality and interests, but it rarely has that effect because it just makes candidates panic. I'd like to think most sets are shying away from questions like that nowadays, but they are still around. The key is not to think that there is a right answer to the question, or that there is a legal answer to the question. Don't even try to be clever with it, because invariably that won't work. Just pick an interest that you have, be it a sport, hobby, politics, or anything else, and incorporate that into your answer. You'll probably be asked a follow up, but given that you've chosen a subject that you know about, you'll have no problem with the follow up. Simple as that. But as has already been said, this question isn't one that will make or break your pupillage chances. So even though it's one that causes widespread panic among candidates, it shouldn't.
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(Original post by Crazy Jamie)
It's not a slightly ridiculous question. It's a hugely ridiculous question. It's designed to find out more about someone's personality and interests, but it rarely has that effect because it just makes candidates panic. I'd like to think most sets are shying away from questions like that nowadays, but they are still around. The key is not to think that there is a right answer to the question, or that there is a legal answer to the question. Don't even try to be clever with it, because invariably that won't work. Just pick an interest that you have, be it a sport, hobby, politics, or anything else, and incorporate that into your answer. You'll probably be asked a follow up, but given that you've chosen a subject that you know about, you'll have no problem with the follow up. Simple as that. But as has already been said, this question isn't one that will make or break your pupillage chances. So even though it's one that causes widespread panic among candidates, it shouldn't.
Thanks for your response - very much appreciated!
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Has anyone submitted an application to Cobden House and received an automated reply saying the deadline has passed ? Deadline is 28th January 2019 according to the Gateway and their website
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Has anyone submitted an application to Cobden House and received an automated reply saying the deadline has passed ? Deadline is 28th January 2019 according to the Gateway and their website
Is that for the pupillage specialising in Corn Law? 😁

Anyway no, I haven't submitted mine yet - but would be grateful to hear whatever you find out.
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Is that for the pupillage specialising in Corn Law? 😁

Anyway no, I haven't submitted mine yet - but would be grateful to hear whatever you find out.
Just rang them and it's a mistake apparently, the application process is still open until 28th January 2019 so you've got time still
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Has anyone who has applied heard from Parklane Plowden today regarding the family pupillage? I know that they gave themselves until Wednesday, but just thought I would check.
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