This year the Bar Council returned with our first in-person Pupillage Fair exhibition since 2019. Taking place at etc. venues, 133 Houndsditch, Liverpool Street, London, on Saturday 15 October 2022, attendees were able to visit over 80 exhibitors and meet with representatives from a wide range of pupillage providers and experts from across the Bar.

At the Pupillage Fair, aspiring barristers could:

  • Get advice on CVs and applications
  • Find out more about funding and support
  • Hear from practising barristers on their experience at the Bar
  • Discuss prospects with representatives from a wide range of pupillage providers

This year the Pupillage Fair also included a series of online fringe events in the week leading up to the exhibition on Saturday 15 October 2022, through which attendees were able to hear what life is like as a barrister working in different areas of practice and find out about joining the Bar as a career changer or an applicant with a disability.

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Pupillage Fair


Tuesday 11 October


5pm – Funding and Support from the Inns of Court

6:15pm – Life at the Criminal Bar

6:15pm – Life at the Chancery and Commercial Bar

Wednesday 12 October


4:30pm – Applicants with a disability

5pm – Life at the Employed Bar

6pm – Unconventional Routes to the Bar

Thursday 13 October


5pm – Practising on Circuit

6:15pm – Life as a Civil Law Barrister

6:15pm – Life at the Family Law Bar

Saturday 15 October


10:30am to 11:15am – How to Get Pupillage

11:45am to 12:30pm – Volunteering and Pro Bono

1pm to 1:45pm – Funding and Support

2:15pm to 3pm – How to Get Pupillage

View the Pupillage Fair programme site

The Pupillage Fair is designed to equip you with everything you need to know about accessing the profession and starting a career at the Bar. Over 900 aspiring barristers took part in the Pupillage Fair in 2021.

"the Fair exceeded my expectations – it was absolutely fantastic" 

– aspiring barrister, Pupillage Fair 2020

We work with our partners – the Inns of Court, the Chancery Bar Association, the Commercial Bar Association, the Criminal Bar Association, the Employment Law Bar Association, the Family Law Bar Association, the Personal Injury Bar Association, and the Technology and Construction Bar Association – to deliver a full programme of sessions to ensure you get the most out of the Pupillage Fair.

I felt included and welcomed. I can’t say I have felt that before with other Fairs.” 

 – aspiring barrister, Pupillage Fair 2021

Sponsors logos for Pupillage Fair 2022: COIC, COMBAR, FLBA, ELBA, Chancery Bar, TECBAR, CBA and PIBA