39 Essex Chambers offers up to three funded, twelve-month pupillages per year, and in 2021 will be accepting applications for pupillage commencing in September 2022. 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 £60,000, payable in equal monthly instalments across the twelve month pupillage. Earnings for your own work in the second 6 months is additional to this award. Up to £12,500 of the £60,000 award may be drawn down in advance over the BPTC year and/or for relevant postgraduate study in year before 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 is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.
The Pupillage Gateway application window opens on Monday 4th January 2021 at 11am and closes on Monday 8th February 2021 at 11am. The full timetable for applications in 2021 can be found on the Pupillage Gateway website.
Please keep an eye on your Pupillage Gateway account for any updates from us. Pupillage offers will be made through the Gateway system at 9am on Friday 7th May 2021. Please visit the Pupillage Gateway website for further recruitment process information.
We strongly recommend that applicants for pupillage undertake an assessed mini-pupillage with us prior to completing the Pupillage Portal application form. Further information in regard to mini-pupillage can be found within the Mini-Pupillage Tab.
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.
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.
Queries regarding pupillage should be addressed to Kate Grange QC, Emily Formby and Judith Ayling c/o Hannah Milne at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Queries regarding mini-pupillage should be addressed to email@example.com .
39 Essex Chambers is an equal opportunities employer.