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Pupillage 2019-20

Maitland Chambers operates its own application process and is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillage can be made on Chambers’ application form which is available for download from this webpage. The closing date for applications is 14.00 hrs on Thursday, 11 January 2018 and we will contact you by email on or before 23 January 2018 if we wish to interview you. At the time of applying please note the interview dates, which are necessarily fixed, and which are published on this webpage.

Unsuccessful applicants for pupillage may apply for a second time in a subsequent year. However, we do not permit further applications from candidates who have applied twice previously.

Third Six Pupillages

We are not seeking currently applications for Third Six Pupillages.

The application process

We receive between around 150 application forms each year from which we select on average between 20 and 30 first round interviewees and between 10 and 15 second round interviewees. We generally offer up to three places for pupillage per year.

The first round interview lasts for approximately 25 minutes and is held in front of a panel of two or three members of chambers. It involves general questions, including one designed to test legal reasoning.

The second round interview lasts for approximately 30 minutes and involves the more detailed study of a hypothetical case (which makes allowance for the fact that some applicants may not have completed law degrees). This case is then discussed with a panel of up to five barristers, including one or more of our QCs. Interviewees are asked to come to chambers in time to allow themselves 90 minutes of preparation.

From the application forms and interviews we make assessments about candidates' academic ability; their interest in and aptitude for the Bar, advocacy and commercial chancery work; their literacy; clarity of thought; reasoning ability; practice management temperament and interpersonal skills.

Equality & Diversity

We are keen to broaden the diversity of our members and encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

last updated 03.01.2018

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