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Pupillage vacancies (for September 2020)

Chambers manages its selection process through the Pupillage Gateway (for 12 month pupillages only), of which we are a member. We recruit future starter tenants only from our own pupils. We do not have a limit on the number of such starter tenancies that we offer. We offer such starter tenancies to all pupils who have been determined (by a full Chambers meeting) to have met the standard for competence to be a tenant at chambers.

Our Pupillage Prospectus contains details about us, what pupillage is like, our criteria for selection, and how to apply. The updated edition (2018/2019) will be available to download on this page in late November (for the selection round for 12 month pupillage vacancies which commence in Sep 2020).


You will receive a structured, well-supported, challenging, broad and well remunerated, pupillage experience – Outer Temple Chambers (“OTC”) is one of the leading civil commercial chambers in the country. We undertake a range of the highest quality work that few other London chambers can rival. We have been ranked in at least nine practice areas by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500. We have also been featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of the Year”. Awarded the Chambers Innovation Award by Legal Week in 2015, in 2016 we became the first (and to date only) barristers’ chambers to be registered with the DIFC (Dubai, U.A.E.). At the October 2017 Chambers UK Bar Awards we were awarded “Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Set of the Year” and barrister James Leonard won the “Health & Safety Junior of the Year” Award.

Our pupillage shortlisting criteria are:

a. intellectual ability
b. potential as an advocate
c. motivation/drive/commitment
d. professional compatibility with Chambers
A 2:1 first degree or above is preferred.

Applications received through the Gateway undergo an initial assessment – candidates whose applications score sufficiently highly will then be invited to take a written test and the score achieved on this will determine whether a candidate will be invited to first round interview and assessment. Please note that our pupillage interview/assessment long weekend is likely to be scheduled for a long weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) in late April 2019 and we advise candidates to keep all this period free of engagements. We do not run interviews by video/Skype. The exact dates will be announced here in due course.

All applicants for funded pupillage are advised to read the latest Pupillage Prospectus before submitting applications.

Our pupillage award for pupillages commencing September 2020 will be £60,000 (with up to 25% available for draw-down during the BPTC year). As in previous years, we are likely to recruit up to three pupils. The outline of the role of a pupil can be found here.

Applications from Transferring Solicitors / Qualified Legal Practitioners (including from other relevant jurisdictions) and Legal Academics wishing to transfer to the Bar

We welcome initial applications for pupillage from applicants in the above categories. We may ultimately require an applicant to apply to us through the centralised Pupillage Gateway portal and in accordance with its set timetable, but each case is initially assessed on its own merits and our business needs. We do not accept deferred pupillages.

If you are a Solicitor or other legal professional, including a qualified legal practitioner from another relevant jurisdiction, or a legal academic, and you wish to transfer to the Bar, you will normally need to apply to the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in the first instance. See the BSB website for further details. Depending on your experience and qualifications, they will review your application and outline any conditions you must fulfil in order to be called to the Bar. Such conditions may include exemptions or reductions from specific requirements of the Academic, Vocational or Professional stages of training to become a barrister. The BSB may, for example, specify a requirement to take all, or parts of, the Bar Transfer Test (‘BTT’ – details can be seen here). Currently there are only two sittings of the BTT each calendar session, and test results are not released immediately. Please note that, in respect of applications for the next OTC/FRU Extended Pupillage Scheme (only), any applicant who has sat (or is required to sit) the BTT will need to have received the full BTT results by the time the pupillage begins.

If you have substantial relevant experience in one or more of Chambers’ specialist practice areas, and may have BSB exemptions or reductions from part, or all, of the Academic, Vocational or Professional stages of training, please submit an application form and detailed covering letter to Mr Shiraz Oshidar (E:, along with a copy of any correspondence from the BSB confirming any relevant determination and exemptions granted. Irrespective of any exemptions or reductions granted by our regulator, Chambers reserves the right to ask applicants to meet its own additional requirements if it believes this is in the best interests of the candidate and Chambers as a whole.

Although we will consider applications at any time in the calendar year as far as practical, we encourage applications no later than 14th December 2018 if you are interested in a pupillage starting in the second-half of 2020. We will review applications received and advise candidates – by 22nd January 2019 or earlier – if we require an application to be made via the standard Pupillage Gateway process in January 2019 (or in another year), or whether an alternative non-Gateway process may govern the application.


Pupillage Interviews Uncovered – Parts I and II

OTC’s Head of Pupillage James Counsell features in two new videos produced by the University of Law, which aim to give prospective candidates an idea of what a first-round interview may be like, including some of the legal and ethical issues, with interviewees (real pupils) giving some tips.