Our current policy is to offer up to two pupillages each year, each of which is for twelve months. During pupillage, pupils will have the opportunity to experience the full range of chambers’ work and benefit from regular feedback on their work.
Few of our applicants will have studied landlord and tenant law in any depth prior to pupillage, and therefore we require incoming pupils to attend an intensive course at Falcon Chambers given by a leader in the field, currently Professor Martin Dixon of Queens’ College, Cambridge. This is usually held in the last week of September. We also give our pupils a solid grounding in advocacy, in addition to the courses offered by the Inns of Court, by providing structured advocacy training during the course of the year.
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 and will follow as closely as possible all aspects of their day-to-day practice, including court and paperwork, diary and practice management, marketing and client-facing skills.
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, though it does vary from year-to-year.
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 BPC year.
Our Pupillage Brochure can be downloaded from here.