We offer up to three funded, 12-month pupillages per year. In 2023, we will be accepting applications for pupillage commencing in September 2024.

The assessment of pupils’ competencies is objective, with feedback provided throughout the year. We do not set our pupils in competition against each other. Our aim is for pupillage to 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 for the pupillage year is currently set at £70,000, of which £5,000 will be by way of guaranteed earnings in the second six months. It is payable in equal instalments across the 12-month pupillage. Earnings for your own work in the second six months are additional to this award, if you earn above the £5,000 minimum.

Up to £15,000 of the £70,000 award may be drawn down in advance over the Bar Professional Training Course year and/or for relevant postgraduate study in the year before the commencement of pupillage (with pro rata reductions in instalments during the pupillage year). This can be discussed as necessary with us at the relevant time. Deferred pupillages are not something we seek to offer but may be granted in exceptional circumstances.

Pupillage Applications

39 Essex Chambers is a member of the Pupillage Gateway.

The Pupillage Gateway application window typically opens in early January and closes in early February. The full timetable is published on the Pupillage Gateway website.

We strongly recommend that applicants for pupillage undertake an assessed mini-pupillage with us before completing the Pupillage Gateway application form. However, we will consider pupillage applications from, and do not discriminate against, those who have not done a mini-pupillage. Further information in regard to mini-pupillage can be found on the Mini-pupillage page.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to be an equal opportunities employer and chambers is committed to diversity among our staff and members, including supporting flexible working.

We encourage and welcome applications from women, people of minority ethnic origin, people living with a disability and those who identify as LGBT+, as well as candidates from other groups underrepresented in the legal sector. We will make reasonable adjustments to enable candidates living with a disability to demonstrate their suitability for the role.


Due to the volume of applications we receive for pupillage, we are unable to provide feedback at the paper sift stage or at first round interview stage, but we endeavour to provide feedback for those invited to second round interview if requested to do so.



Queries regarding pupillage should be addressed to pupillage@39essex.com.

Queries regarding mini-pupillage should be addressed to mini.pupillage@39essex.com.


Data Collection

We will retain personal data you send us only for the purpose of assessing and administering your application for pupillage; we retain your diversity data to allow for statistical analysis. We will delete the application data we hold about you five years after the completion of our pupillage programme. We summarise diversity data in a redacted form that cannot be attributed to individuals. You can find a copy of our privacy policy here.

Who to contact

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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