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Pupillage interview process

The pupillage interview at Atkin Chambers

Chambers selects all pupils via a two round interview process.

First-round interviews are typically 15-20 minutes in length and are conducted by at least two members of Chambers, at least one of whom is a member of the PRC. Candidates may be asked questions about their written application. They will also be asked to make a short presentation about a topical issue and to answer some questions arising from that presentation.

Typically, 10 or so candidates will be invited back for a second-round interview. Second-round interviews are typically 45 minutes in length and are normally attended by the whole of the PRC. Candidates are provided with a legal problem in advance of the second-round interview and will be asked to provide their advice and answer questions on the problem during the interview. They may also be asked to argue a position in relation to a separate unseen legal or topical issue.

At each interview stage, candidates are first assessed independently by each member of the interview panel. Those assessments are then discussed by the whole panel to reach an agreed combined assessment of each candidate.

At each interview, applicants will have the opportunity to ask the Pupillage and Recruitment Committee any further questions about the pupillage and Atkin Chambers.

What Atkin Chambers looks for in a pupil 

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

  1. Understanding and use of the law – including expertise, breadth of legal knowledge and application of relevant principles
  2. Written work – including structure, effectiveness, persuasiveness, accuracy and technical quality
  3. Oral advocacy – either in court or a conference setting, dealing with difficult points, presentation style and preparedness
  4. Integrity – honesty and straightforwardness in professional dealings
  5. Working with others – demeanour and the ability to establish rapport, inter-action with clients and other lawyers, responsiveness and ability to meet deadlines
  6. Diversity – awareness of the diverse needs of others and demonstration of such awareness
  7. Commitment to practice in Chambers’ field of law

 

International students

Atkin Chambers will support international students in their pupillage process. Details on sponsorship and immigration support can be found on the Bar Council’s website.

Expenses policy for interviews

Chambers will reimburse all reasonable travel expenses for interviewees. Please ask for details when your interview is being arranged or email pupillage@atkinchambers.com for details of how to claim.