How to apply for pupillage at Atkin Chambers

Application for pupillage at Atkin Chambers – key dates

Applications for pupillage starting September 2024 open on Wednesday 4 January 2023 and close on Wednesday 8 February 2023.

How to apply for pupillage at Atkin Chambers – the process

Atkin Chambers takes applications for pupillage through the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway. Click here to see Chambers’ vacancy information.

The initial application asks candidates why they are applying for pupillage at Atkin Chambers and why they think they would make a good candidate for pupillage at Atkin Chambers. The application process overall is designed to elicit evidence that candidates meet the selection criteria outlined below.

Chambers is committed to recruiting pupils and tenants who are highly motivated and have an interest in practising in the areas of law in which we specialise. Members come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and have taken a range of different routes (academic and vocational) to becoming a barrister. All are valued. There is no single mould within which candidates must fit.

A science or technical background is not required, nor is a pre-existing knowledge of construction law, although candidates should have a firm grounding and interest in contract and tort law.

Chambers encourages applications for pupillage from law and non-law graduates alike. No preference is given to law graduates. When assessing applications, the Pupillage and Recruitment Committee recognises that the degree of legal knowledge expected of a non-law graduate may be different from what might be expected of a law graduate.

Please note that applicants must, as a minimum, be in their final year of their law degree or (for non-law graduates) undertaking the GDL.

Applicants for pupillage should have a first-class degree or a good upper second class degree.

Postgraduate qualifications are viewed favourably but are not essential.

If you have any questions about the application process that are not covered in the pupillage policy (below) or on this website, please send your questions to


What Atkin Chambers looks for in a pupil

The recruitment of pupils and tenants will be on the basis of the Pupillage and Recruitment Committee’s assessment of the following seven factors:

  1. Understanding and use of the law – breadth of legal knowledge, ability to identify and apply relevant legal concepts and principles.
  2. Written work – structure, accuracy and precision, persuasiveness.
  3. Oral advocacy – preparedness, presentation style, clarity, persuasiveness, ability to anticipate and address opposing points, ability to respond under pressure.
  4. Integrity – honesty and straightforwardness in professional dealings, awareness of ethical issues.
  5. Working with others – ability to establish rapport with clients and other lawyers, responsiveness, ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Diversity – awareness of the diverse needs and perspectives of others.
  7. Commitment to practice in Chambers – interest in, and commitment to, our fields of practice.

Detailed information for applicants – Atkin Chambers’ pupillage policy

Detailed information about how we recruit, train and offer tenancy to pupils, including third six pupils, is contained in The Atkin Chambers Pupillage Policy.

Please read this before applying to Chambers.

Equality & Diversity

Atkin Chambers is committed to respecting and understanding the cultural needs of its diverse and global client base and has always prized equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services. We continue to recognise the importance of increasing social mobility at the Bar and look at all applications for pupillage and mini pupillage solely on merit and irrespective of race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity or paternity, disability, religion or belief, age or political persuasion. We welcome applications from graduates of all universities and from all backgrounds and all sections of the community with the ability and determination to succeed as a barrister.

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