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Pupillage

Applications & Selections

We offer up to two fully-funded pupillages each year. As we seek to recruit only pupils that we perceive to be strong candidates for tenancy, we will occasionally offer only one pupillage.

Littleton is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.

Please go to http://www.pupilagegateway.com/ for details as to application requirements and timetable.

Many applicants, particularly those who have studied law at degree level, prefer to apply in the Spring prior to commencement of the BPTC. Successful candidates in this position can undertake the BPTC with the benefit of an advance of part of their pupillage award (if desired) and in the knowledge that they have a place at which they can complete the vocational stage of their training.
We are however, equally happy to receive applications from candidates who have commenced or completed the BPTC.

Our process generally comprises the following stages:
  • Sifting of applications. Initially we are looking for academic excellence, evidence of potential advocacy skills, and a genuine and considered interest in the bar in general and Littleton in particular
  • First round interview. As with all our interviews, candidates will be presented with a legal problem question which they will be asked to discuss with an interviewing panel. The problems are designed to test legal reasoning, advocacy skills and potential, rather than detailed knowledge of authorities. We take account of the fact that non-law graduates may have had a les thorough training in legal principles
  • Mini-pupillage. This is, perhaps, the most important part of our selection process. Successful candidates are invited to spend three days at Littleton, during which they will see the work of a junior tenant, have the chance to interact with clerks and tenants, and will gain exposure to solicitors and clients. You are likely to meet some Members of Chambers informally over lunch or drinks arranged during your placement. During the mini pupillage you will asked to draft an opinion on a problem questions and then asked to discuss it in an interview setting.  Whilst we consider it preferable for candidates to spend the full three days in Chambers, we are able to discuss alternative arrangements with those who reach this stage but would have difficulty in attending Chambers for the full period.
  • Final interview: The final interview follows the same format as the first round interview using a different problem question.

We appreciate that our selection process is rigorous. This is because we only recruit pupils whom we think are very likely to be offered tenancy at the end of the pupillage year. Offers will be made as early as possible, in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.

Our usual minimum academic requirement is a 2:1 degree.
We will consider applications from candidates who have not attained this standard only in exceptional circumstances. Any such circumstances should be clearly identified and explained on your application form.

Chambers also welcomes applications for deferred entry, if candidates state clearly on their application form the year/s in respect of which they wish to be considered. If they do not state a willingness to consider deferred entry.
Chambers will assume that the application is for the current round only.

Candidates must be in a position to commence pupillage ins respect of the year they apply. Accordingly, if an application is made in respect of the current and future years, the candidate must be ready to commence pupillage in either year, at Chambers’ election.

Littleton Chambers is proud to use the Rare Contextual Recruitment System (CRS). The CRS allows us to understand each pupillage applicant’s achievements in the context that they have been gained. We understand that not every candidate’s achievements look the same on paper. Through our use of Rare we aim to recruit the best people, from every background.

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