Pupillage

Commencement of pupillage

A period of pupillage is not valid unless and until it has been registered with the Bar Standards Board. All pupils will receive confirmation of registration by email.


Anyone who has commenced a period of pupillage without registering it should contact Rachel Reeves at the Bar Standards Board, as a matter of urgency.


Compulsory pupillage courses

All registered pupils will have been sent information about the compulsory pupillage courses – the pupillage advocacy course, the practice management course and the forensic accountancy course. Those undertaking pupillage in London should undertake the pupillage advocacy course and practice management course run by their Inn. Those on Circuit should attend the courses run by their Circuit. The pupillage advocacy course must be completed as part of the non-practising period of pupillage. This means that a pupil who has not yet satisfactorily completed the pupillage advocacy course will not be eligible to commence the practising period of pupillage until the course has been completed.

All pupils are required to undertake the practice management course during their pupillage and are strongly advised to do so during their non-practising period of pupillage. A pupil who has not satisfactorily completed the practice management course will not be eligible to commence practise as a barrister until the course has been completed.

The forensic accounting course can be undertaken either during pupillage or during a barrister’s first three years of practice.


Completion of pupillage

Pupils who have recently completed pupillage should ensure that they have submitted their certificate of satisfactory completion, together with their completed pupillage checklist, to the Bar Standards Board and that they have completed the pupillage courses. Until you have complied with these requirements, you will not be entitled to practise other than as a pupil.

Please contact: Rachel Reeves
email: rreeves@barstandardsboard.org.uk

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