Coram Chambers is very proud of its pupillage system. We have traditionally recruited our junior tenants from our pupils and have built a strong team of juniors in so doing. We see pupillage as vitally important, not only for our pupils and for chambers, but also in supporting the future of the Bar as a whole.
Our pupils receive practical and theoretical training at the highest level and of the highest quality. We have implemented training provided by members of chambers of all seniority. We have designed an informal advocacy and written assessments scheme to take place throughout the year, preparing pupils before they ‘get on their feet’.
We have a mentoring scheme which ensures that legal, practical and pastoral issues or concerns can be raised and addressed appropriately. We have always ensured that our pupils are supported, and the ethos of chambers as an approachable and friendly set ensures that this is a reality.
Pupils have three supervisors throughout the year and will experience the whole range of work undertaken in chambers. This ensures that pupils gain valuable knowledge and experience of leading cases, high profile and sensitive work, with complicated legal and factual issues. These cases are often at the very forefront of legal developments.
Members of chambers frequently give lectures and write both articles and books and pupils are encouraged and supported to participate and to undertake speaking or writing commitments of their own.
Pupillages Offered and the Pupillage Award
We offer two fully funded 12-month specialist family law pupillages each year with an award of £22,500. In addition to the pupillage award pupils are entitled to retain their own second-six earnings (recent experience suggests that this is in the region of £10,000).
The Application Process
We are not part of the Pupillage Gateway. Applications for pupillages should be made in the application form available from this page. We ask candidates also to complete the equality and diversity monitoring form, which is also available from this page (candidates are not obliged to do so – in the event that you do not wish to complete it, we ask that you please attach a blank form with your application).
Chambers follows the Pupillage Gateway timetable save that the application form will be available to download from this page from Wednesday 10 January 2018. Applications must be submitted by 7 February 2018.
Applications submitted after this time are not accepted. We ask candidates not to submit a CV or covering letter with the application form and these will be disregarded.
We ask that completed and signed application forms be saved as a PDF document in the following format: ‘Coram Pupillage Application 2019 – FULL NAME’. We ask that completed Application Form (together with the Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form) be sent to Ginny Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading ‘Coram Pupillage Application 2019 – FULL NAME’.
Currently we hold one round of pupillage interviews only. These are in the spring. Successful candidates will be notified in accordance with the Pupillage Gateway timetable.
If you have any other questions about pupillage or life at Coram please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com.