39 Essex Chambers offers up to three funded, twelve-month pupillages per year. In 2022 we will be accepting applications for pupillage commencing in September 2023. The assessment of competencies is objective with feedback provided throughout the year.
We do not set our pupils in competition against each other. It is our aim that pupillage will be a year of learning in which you will thrive. We have a high conversion and retention rate of pupils to tenants. We make our final tenancy decision based on the strengths of each individual pupil.
The pupillage award on offer for the pupillage year is £70,000, of which £5,000 will be by way of guaranteed earnings in the second six, payable in equal monthly instalments across the twelve month pupillage. Earnings for your own work in the second six months is additional to this award (above the £5,000 minimum). Up to £15,000 of the £70,000 award may be drawn down in advance over the BPTC year and/or for relevant postgraduate study in the year before the commencement of pupillage (with pro rata reductions during the pupillage year). This can be discussed as necessary with Chambers at the relevant time. Deferred Pupillages are not something we seek to offer, but may be granted in exceptional circumstances.
39 Essex Chambers strives to be an equal opportunities chambers and employer, and is committed to attracting diversity amongst its members, pupils, mini-pupils and staff. We actively seek to promote access to the profession and equal opportunities for those typically underrepresented at the Bar.
We therefore encourage and welcome applications from women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals, disabled people and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the role.
For further details, please see the Pupillage section of our website
Due to the volume of applications 39 Essex Chambers receives for pupillage, we are sorry to say that we are unable to provide feedback at the paper sift stage, but we endeavour to provide feedback for those invited to interview if requested to do so.