Pupil barristers

The third and final stage to joining the Bar is the work-based component or pupillage. This is divided into your first six (non-practising) and your second six (practising). There is comprehensive advice and guidance in our ‘Becoming a Barrister’ brochure.

You should browse our pages to find out more information about support and information for pupil barristers available from the Bar Council.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are conscious that this is very disruptive and unsettling time for pupils, and you may be concerned about what is happening with your training programme and/or your pupillage award. We are currently exploring support options, and the BSB has released some guidance about pupillages that you find useful. If there is anything you want to raise with us with regard to your pupillage, please get in touch on 020 7611 1415 or email PupilHelpline@BarCouncil.org.uk.

If you have any further questions about careers at the Bar, please contact Careers@BarCouncil.org.uk.


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The Bar Council's activities, events, opportunities and resources promoting careers at the Bar are supported by The Council of the Inns of Court.