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Pupillage 2022-23

Maitland is a member of the Pupillage Gateway and offers of pupillage will be made in accordance with the Gateway timetable on Friday, 7 May 2021. We thank all those who have taken the time and effort to take part in our application process.

Repeat Applications

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


Our current policy is that consideration will be given, on a case by case basis, to requests to defer an offer of pupillage. If you would wish to make such a request, it would be helpful if you could indicate that fact (together with the reasons for deferral, and the length of deferral which you would seek) in your application form or, if that is not possible, as early as possible in the application process.

Third Six Pupillages

We are not seeking currently applications for Third Six Pupillages.

The application process

We receive around 100-150 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 60 minutes of preparation.

From the application forms and interviews we make assessments about candidates' academic ability; their 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 03.12.20

Key Dates
'Maitland Chambers is "very much in the premier league" of commercial chancery sets'

Chambers Student Guide 2021



Pupillage Application Form


Applications for pupillage commencing September 2022

Pupillage Gateway opens
Friday 28 November 2020

Applicants can look at and prepare answers to our specific application questions

Pupillage Gateway Submissions window opens
Monday, 4 January 2021

Applicants may start, edit and submit their applications

Pupillage Gateway closes
11.00am Monday 8 February 2021

First round interviews
Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Second round interviews
Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Offers made
from 9.00am Friday, 7 May 2021





last updated 03.12.20