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OTC Extended Pupillage with FRU

In 2013 Outer Temple Chambers (OTC) and the Free Representation Unit (FRU) announced a new 18 month pupillage scheme comprising 6 months’ work at FRU followed by a formal 1st six months pupillage at Chambers, and then a practising 2nd six months pupillage doing OTC and FRU casework. The pupillage commenced September / October 2013. The funding that made this scheme possible came from the generosity of Patrick Reeves, a former pupil of our Head of pupillage and, since his premature death, is now provided by a charitable Trust set up by his family.

Pupillage vacancy 2017 (closing date for applications: 4th August, 4pm; registration of interest due by August 1st)

OTC and FRU are offering a structured, challenging pupillage experience. Pupils undertake employment tribunal cases and social security appeals while with FRU and will be exposed to a range of areas of practice during pupillage with Chambers. Training with pupil supervisors will be backed up by sessions on drafting skills and practical advocacy exercises. Chambers will cover the cost of all compulsory pupillage courses undertaken during pupillage. The pupillage award for the 2017 pupillage is £28,548, paid over the 18 months of the pupillage.

Skills, qualifications, experience required:

  • Experience of, and commitment to, pro-bono legal work
  • Intellectual ability (a pass in the Bar Professional Training Course is a requirement)
  • Ability to articulate clear, effective and relevant arguments in writing and verbally

Further details of the 2017 selection process, criteria, and timetable, as well as the scheme policy, are found in the documents available to download below. Please note the need to register your intention to apply for the scheme, by email to Outer Temple’s Pupillage Coordinator ( no later than August 1st, and preferably as soon after 5th July 2017 as possible.