Our current policy is to offer up to two pupillages each year, each of which is for twelve months.
Few of our applicants will have studied our speciality in any depth, and therefore we require those accepted for pupillage to attend an intensive course in Falcon Chambers given by a leader in the field, currently Dr. Martin Dixon of Queens College, Cambridge. This is usually held in the last week of September. We also aim to give our pupils a good grounding in advocacy, in addition to the courses offered by the Inns, by providing structured advocacy training.
You will be allocated to a different Pupil Supervisor every three months of your pupillage, in order to ensure that you are seen by as many people as possible. You will sit in your Pupil Supervisor's room.
As a pupil, you will be expected to read papers before conferences and briefs before court, to write opinions and draft statements of case as if they were your own, and to attend court with members of chambers.
In your second six months, once we are satisfied that you are sufficiently experienced, our clerks will allocate work to you. There is usually a reasonable amount of court work available.
We place a lot of importance on being a friendly, closely integrated group of colleagues, and meet for tea, and on Fridays for lunch in our library. As a pupil in chambers, you will be welcomed to these gatherings.
All future pupils are welcome to work in our library during their BPTC year.
Our Pupillage Brochure can be downloaded from here.