CPS Legal trainee scheme-to start in Sept 2022 or March 2023

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Hi, so I just needed some information. I want to apply for the CPS legal trainee scheme for a pupillage. However I would be starting pupillage from September 2022 onwards.

Currently I am doing my GDL, and after that the BTC would be completed in the summer of 2022 hopefully. So anytime after that I would be looking to start pupillage.

However I am not sure whether the CPS looks for applicants two years in advance of their start dates, does anyone know?

Also does anyone know whether the applications have now opened, I can't seem to find any information on their site. its only in regards to the 2020 legal trainee scheme.
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CPS does not recruit in advance. The winter cohort usually starts recruiting around feb/mar for a Nov start. There has been one spring round which was mine- I applied in October for a March start. You would need to have completed your qualifications in order to meet the relevant start date.
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Hi

Just came back to let you know that this years application process opens tomorrow. For the first time there will be an advance start date. So trainees can apply to start September 2021 or 2022. This is a first so I would take advantage of the opportunity!
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Just came back to let you know that this years application process opens tomorrow. For the first time there will be an advance start date. So trainees can apply to start September 2021 or 2022. This is a first so I would take advantage of the opportunity!
Thanks for letting me know! Do you know where I can find the application? I can't seem to find it on their website.
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It’s not been officially launched yet but today is the day. Keep eyes on cps website (careers), civil service jobs and the LinkedIn and Twitter
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It’s not been officially launched yet but today is the day. Keep eyes on cps website (careers), civil service jobs and the LinkedIn and Twitter
Hey I’ve seen you work for the CPS on past threads. I just wanted to ask how soon could someone become a Senior Crown Prosecutor. Is it difficult to get promoted up the chain?
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Hi, from discussion I have found the answer has mostly been at least an absolute minimum of 12 months as a CP. There are exceptions to the rule but those are people who had previous experience prior to qualifying. You need a good solid foundation in the magistrates court unit before thinking about transferring to SCP and taking on the extra responsibility. You need to walk before running and the foundation will pay off in the long run x
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Hi, from discussion I have found the answer has mostly been at least an absolute minimum of 12 months as a CP. There are exceptions to the rule but those are people who had previous experience prior to qualifying. You need a good solid foundation in the magistrates court unit before thinking about transferring to SCP and taking on the extra responsibility. You need to walk before running and the foundation will pay off in the long run x
Thank you so much for the reply!! I’m trying to decide between joining the Met as a trainee dc or doing this scheme. Obviously both roles hold high levels of responsibility but I just wanted to compare the financial aspect too: Do you know people who have spent their entire legal careers as prosecutors or do people tend to move into private practise? Also do CP tend to reach and exceed SCP over the course of the careers? I know it depends on individual ability but any reply is hugely appreciated!
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The thing about the cps is there’s a wide variation as to where people take their careers. Some become specialist prosecutors, some go into management, some do move on after time elsewhere. I don’t know about the trainee dc scheme but they are very different careers. It largely depends whether you want to pursue law or law enforcement
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The thing about the cps is there’s a wide variation as to where people take their careers. Some become specialist prosecutors, some go into management, some do move on after time elsewhere. I don’t know about the trainee dc scheme but they are very different careers. It largely depends whether you want to pursue law or law enforcement
Thank you so much for your help means a lot! Is there much difference in the duties carried out by CPS solicitors and barristers? Do you often go to mag courts etc ... or is the solicitor pathway more office based? Many thanks
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Hi, I had a quick question. So I've just completed the online tests and have been informed that I am still being considered for the vacancy. However, I have not received details about the video interview, which is the next stage. I though this was automatic like the online tests-once you pass the tests you automatically get details for the video interview.

Does anyone know whether you get the details in a separate email or just a few days later? I'm really confused as I'm not sure if I have actually progressed to the next stage.

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All newly qualified trainees complete mags court advocacy it’s where you will cut your teeth as a lawyer. After that it really depends on your direction.

Check your junk Mail re: VI invite!
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All newly qualified trainees complete mags court advocacy it’s where you will cut your teeth as a lawyer. After that it really depends on your direction.

Check your junk Mail re: VI invite!
I've checked my junk and inbox. That's weird, think I'll email the recruitment team.
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It’s not always immediate also.
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Just wanted to ask those who applied for the 2022 intake, did you still have to do a VI by 21st April 2021? I applied to the wrong start date and have emailed to get it switched over but had no reply. Not sure if I should still do the VI.
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I believe the deadlines are the same across the campaign yes.
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Has anyone heard back in relation to their application?
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I haven't heard back yet. I thought the legal assessments and interviews were to be held in June, so surely we'd be informed by then I assume.
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I heard back regarding 2022 solicitors path yesterday and was invited to a final interview.
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I have also made it through to the final stage for the 2022 barrister pathway. Am I right in thinking that the competencies assessed are: seeing the bigger picture, delivering at pace, communicating and influences, and making effective decisions?
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