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Pupillage and Mini-pupillage

Pupillage and Mini-pupillage

At Civitas Law we are committed to maintaining a tradition of excellence. That is why we have an eye on the future. We invest heavily in those new to the profession who are likewise committed to excellence and the ongoing reputation of Civitas Law as leaders in the field/on the circuit.


Civitas Law only grants pupillages to candidates we regard as prospective tenants. Inevitably therefore, our selection process is rigorous.

Our pupils normally come under the supervision of up to four pupil supervisors during the 12-month pupillage, with regular appraisal meetings being conducted. Pupils will be given the opportunity to undertake a full range of our work, whilst broadening their experience with the pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers.


What we are looking for

We are looking to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate a high level competence in the following areas:

  • intellectual ability;
  • market awareness;
  • ability to work under pressure;
  • written communication skills;
  • oral advocacy skills; 
  • motivation;
  • customer focus; and
  • determination.

An intention to pursue practice from Civitas Law is also sought.


Each 12-month pupillage with Civitas Law is funded by way of an award of £20,000. This is made up of a grant of £8,000, payable during the first six and guaranteed earnings of £12,000 in the second six.

Pupils are expected to appear in the civil courts and/or tribunals during their second 6 months of pupillage: the income received during pupillage for such work is not subject to any chambers' deductions.

When are you able to start?

Civitas Law is offering one funded pupillage to commence in September 2020. 

Chambers is open to 2nd and 3rd six applications throughout the year. Please contact Kate Parker, in confidence, by email to recruitment@civitaslaw.com

How and when to apply

Applications for pupillage commencing in September 2020 close at 4pm 14 th February 2019. Please apply by CV and covering letter addressed to Kate Parker by email to recruitment@civitaslaw.com. Please also submit a completed Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form.


Contact: recruitment@civitaslaw.com


Civitas Law offers 8 mini-pupillages, which take place between June and September each year. Chambers receives a high number of applications and unfortunately is not able to accommodate everyone. Applicants must be at least at Undergraduate level and candidates will be selected on the strength of their written applications. 

The mini-pupil will be provided with experience of a range of aspects of life as a barrister, including attending court or conferences and also meeting with members of Chambers and our current pupil barrister. Prospective applicants should be aware that they have to arrange their own transport and the arrangements for the mini-pupillage can change at short notice.

Applications for June to September 2019 open on 11 February 2019 and close on 1 April 2019. Applications are to be made by way of email to Kate Parker – Head of Pupillage at recruitment@civitaslaw.com, enclosing a current CV.


For further information please contact our clerks, who will be able to help you with any questions.
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