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How long is my BVC/BPTC qualification valid to begin pupillage?

The BVC /BPTC qualification is valid for 5 years from completing the course.

What advice can you offer on gaining pupillage?

We organise Pupillage Advice Evenings. We invite a number of barristers to these evenings who practise in a variety of areas of law. The aim of this is to give students the opportunity to talk informally to practitioners on a one-to-one basis about different areas of law and to receive advice on the most appropriate chambers to which they should apply. Details of the next advice evening will be advertised nearer the time.

We recommend that students apply for our Mentoring Scheme. Please note that this is subject to availability and that priority is given to current BPTC students.

We also run a Mock Interview Scheme, which may help you if / when you secure a pupillage interview.

If you would like to sign up for the Pupillage Advice Evening or Mentoring Scheme or Mock Interview Scheme please contact Paul Clark.

How do I register my pupillage with the Bar Standards Board?

As soon as you have details of your pupillage, please register the details with the Bar Standards Board using Schedule 14 Part 1A. This is available to download from the Bar Standards Board website. Please ensure that you also send a copy of the completed form to Beth Philips at the Inn’s Education & Training Department. The department will then contact you regarding your compulsory advocacy training course.

Which courses do I have to complete during pupillage?

Pupils are required to complete a compulsory advocacy training course (offered by all the Inns of Court and the Circuits) and an Advice to Counsel course (offered by the Bar Standards Board). Further details of the Inner Temple advocacy course are available on the Pupils section of this website. A full qualification certificate will not be issued at the end of pupillage unless these requirements have been met. Barristers are also required to undertake a forensic accountancy course (details from the Bar Standards Board) during pupillage or during the first three years of practice.

What is a mini-pupillage and how do I organise one?

A mini-pupillage is an opportunity for you to spend time in a set of Chambers and see at first hand the day-to-day life of a barrister. To organise a mini-pupillage, you should apply directly to chambers enclosing a copy of your CV and specifying the dates you are available. Please visit the TARGETjobs website where you will find an A-Z listing of all Chambers.  Each Chambers Record will list whether mini-pupillages are available or provide a website link for you to research further.