The Pupillage Interview/Acceptance/Rejection Thread 2022 Watch

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Hi,
Created a thread for this years pupillage round. Good luck to everyone!!
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And so it begins...! Best of luck to everybody applying
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Best of luck everyone. I'll be lurking as usual to provide what guidance I can, though if you want to make sure that I see something you'll need to quote me or tag me.
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Good luck everyone.
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My advice is not a patch on Crazy Jamie’s, but if anyone is looking for crime-specific guidance, I’m happy to help if I can. Good luck everyone.
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Happy to jump in with advice for anyone applying for family sets (specifically matrimonial finance), good luck all!
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Here we go again. Good luck everyone!
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Hey everyone! My first year applying this cycle. I'm very excited to experience the process. I graduated summer just gone and am currently completing an LLM in the USA. Currently applying for the Bar course at ICCA and ULAW, applying to sit the NY Bar exam in July 2022 and have applied for a middle temple scholarship AND now applying for pupillage too... whew.

The biggest hurdle I foresee (if I'm lucky enough to get far enough in the process) is attending any possible in-person interviews/completing assessed mini-pupillages. Travelling to the UK, especially during these covid times, will be very impractical and pricey. I'm hoping Chambers will be understanding of this!

I'm applying exclusively to commercial sets that also dabble in employment law in London.

Good luck to you all!
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Hi all - @crazyjamie always comes through with the best advice! I echo the above in that I couldn't possibly match it, but I did apply for pupillage last year for the first time and was blessed enough to be offered a family law pupillage. If I can help let me know
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Best of luck everyone!

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(Original post by Cereidee)
Hey everyone! My first year applying this cycle. I'm very excited to experience the process. I graduated summer just gone and am currently completing an LLM in the USA. Currently applying for the Bar course at ICCA and ULAW, applying to sit the NY Bar exam in July 2022 and have applied for a middle temple scholarship AND now applying for pupillage too... whew.

The biggest hurdle I foresee (if I'm lucky enough to get far enough in the process) is attending any possible in-person interviews/completing assessed mini-pupillages. Travelling to the UK, especially during these covid times, will be very impractical and pricey. I'm hoping Chambers will be understanding of this!

I'm applying exclusively to commercial sets that also dabble in employment law in London.

Good luck to you all!
I've actually seen on a few of the openings on the Gateway that some interviews will be done via Teams or Zoom, at least the first interview.
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Similarly happy to offer commercial-specific advice; please (generally) direct message me rather than tag me in posts!
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The thread seems quiet so far this year...
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Hi everyone.

Does it make sense to apply for pupillage if I'm first going through postgrad applications. I am applying for Oxford/Cambridge and UCL LLM. My idea was to do postgrad and then apply for pupillage.

Does that make sense? Or should I make applications for pupillage also?

(I hope I'm making sense?)
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Anyone heard from Rowchester Chambers in Birmingham?
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(Original post by Pythian)
Hi everyone.

Does it make sense to apply for pupillage if I'm first going through postgrad applications. I am applying for Oxford/Cambridge and UCL LLM. My idea was to do postgrad and then apply for pupillage.

Does that make sense? Or should I make applications for pupillage also?

(I hope I'm making sense?)
There's nothing wrong with applying for pupillage in your situation. You just need to make sure that the pupillages you're applying for are to start in 2024 so you have time to do the LLM and then the Bar course. So that will limit your options because not many are deferred for that long, but there's nothing wrong with trying to gain the experience. You shouldn't feel that it is expected though. Most in your position wouldn't start applying until this time next year at the earliest.
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Hello all - with the Gateway opening on Wednesday 5th, I am more than happy to provide advice/guidance on written applications from any applicants (although Crime is my specialism). I am by no means an expert, but for context I obtained pupillage last year in my second attempt at trying, received four first round interviews, and progressed to the final round of all four chambers (whilst doing the Bar course as well as it taking place in the height of the pandemic/lockdown). This was, in part, due to very helpful guidance I was given from others who had been in my position, so it's time for me to pay it forward.

I may be of particular use to those coming from "non-traditional" backgrounds (previous careers etc), including those who may have academic shortcomings on their applications that they are trying to mitigate, but would gladly help anyone, time permitting. Please feel free to ask me. I only ask that you have your house in order first before doing so (i.e. actually understand the process of applying, and aren't just asking for "general advice"), as I would be helping around my pre-existing work/life commitments.

Good luck to everyone, and I look forward to seeing how you all get on. Also, maybe it would be worth the mods pinning this thread in advance of the Gateway opening? SarcAndSpark Sandtrooper Interrobang shadowdweller
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(Original post by Crazy Jamie)
There's nothing wrong with applying for pupillage in your situation. You just need to make sure that the pupillages you're applying for are to start in 2024 so you have time to do the LLM and then the Bar course. So that will limit your options because not many are deferred for that long, but there's nothing wrong with trying to gain the experience. You shouldn't feel that it is expected though. Most in your position wouldn't start applying until this time next year at the earliest.
Thank you Jamie.
I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of chambers Thomas Moore is? https://www.thomasmore.co.uk/
They seem to do a miscellany of areas. I have no interest in humans rights, crime or family -- and I'm wondering if that would be a waste of time vis-a-vis mini-pupillage.? I feel a bit confused about such a general set?
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Thank you Jamie.
I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of chambers Thomas Moore is? https://www.thomasmore.co.uk/
They seem to do a miscellany of areas. I have no interest in humans rights, crime or family -- and I'm wondering if that would be a waste of time vis-a-vis mini-pupillage.? I feel a bit confused about such a general set?
I don't know any more about them than I can read from the website. They do cover a broad range of practice areas, but in fairness the website is structured in such a way that most of their practitioners are listed as covering practice areas that they clearly do very little to no work in day to day. Looking at some of the profiles makes that clear. At the same time, there are clearly quite a few practitioners who have commercial and other practices that are not crime, family or human rights. A lot of sets will be like that and have multiple teams in different areas, it's just that in most sets the lines are more clearly defined than on that website. So I don't think it would be a waste of time applying for a mini pupillage there. You could end up seeing something that doesn't interest you, but in a set of 50+ barristers in a range of practice areas that's always a possibility. You'll likely be asked given the range of work that the set does whether you do have a particular interest in certain practice areas, and I'm sure they'll try to accommodate that if they can. So yeah, I'd say it's worth an application.
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What are key competency questions to prepare for in interview?
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