Pupillage, mini pupillages, third six pupillages and tenancy

2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings regards its pupils as an integral part in the running and growth of Chambers. We therefore take the recruitment process of pupils extremely seriously.

Chambers offers up to two twelve month funded pupillages each year. Pupils will receive the minimum London pupillage award set by the Bar Standards Board which is currently £18,960.  This comprises a grant of £9,480 spread over the first six months and guaranteed earnings of £1,580 a month during their second six.

Applications for tenancy are typically invited after the completion of 12 months pupillage.


Chambers, in assessing the suitability of applicants, has a two stage interview process. The first round interview takes the form of an advocacy exercise such as a plea in mitigation or bail application.


Successful applicants from the first round will be invited to a second round interview; this will take the form of an interview, conducted by a panel of tenants, which will cover matters contained in the paper application as well as current legal affairs.


In their first six months, pupils can expect to be supervised by up to two members of Chambers who specialise in either crime or family law. First six pupils will undertake regular advocacy exercises and receive on-going feedback from their pupil supervisor. In their second six months, pupils can expect to receive instructions to appear in court on a daily basis. The work will consist of criminal and family matters including briefs in the magistrates’ courts, family courts and some matters in the crown court.

For enquiries regarding pupillage, please contact the pupillage secretary by e-mail:

Pupillage Applications

Our applications for pupillage to commence in October 2021 have now closed and no additional applications will be accepted.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Offers for pupillage will be made on 7 May 2021.

Should applicants seek further information, they should contact Sophia Stapleton, Secretary to the Pupillage Committee, by e-mail to or by telephoning 020 7936 2613.


Mini Pupillage

2 Dr Johnson's Buildings are not currently offering mini pupillages due to the covid-19 pandemic. However, Chambers regularly holds Q&A events remotely for those interested in a career at the bar. Our next event will be held at 5pm on 19 April 2021 by Zoom. To register your interest, please email

3rd Six Pupillage

We are now seeking two third six pupils: one primarily to undertake criminal work and one primarily to undertake family work.


We offer a support network of dedicated pupil liaison officers and team across chambers of barristers able and willing to answer questions and provide support. All members of chambers are friendly and approachable.


Third six pupils will be able to apply for tenancy, and many of our successful junior barristers have become tenants following a third six pupillage in chambers.


We are seeking third six pupils to start as soon as possible.


Applicants should submit their CV and a covering letter addressed to Daniel Benjamin, Head of Pupillage, by e-mail to Should applicants seek further information, they should contact Sophia Stapleton, Secretary to the Pupillage Committee, by e-mail to or by telephoning 020 7936 2613.


Chambers welcomes applications from prospective tenants, who practice either family or crime. Those interested in applying for tenancy should contact our Senior clerk, Steve Lavell. Applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.