Timetable for applications for pupillage commencing in 2020 

In recent years we have found it helpful to recruit our pupils outside the Pupillage Gateway system. Applications are made direct to Chambers. The following timetable will be used:

  • Applications open: 3 December 2018
  • Application deadline: 21 January 2019, midnight
  • First Round Interviews: evenings in the weeks commencing 4 and 11 March 2019
  • Final round interviews: 30 March 2019
  • Offers: 8 April 2019

What We Look For

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We select our pupils on the basis that we hope and expect they’ll become tenants. We also hope that, in time, they’ll develop into leading practitioners.

We look for candidates with:

  • A strong academic interest in the criminal law and related fields.
  • The ability to become effective advocates before a judge or jury.

Accordingly, applications are graded in the following areas, at each stage of the application process:

  • Academic ability.
  • Advocacy.
  • Commitment to Chambers’ areas of work.
  • Other exceptional achievements.

We take on the brightest and best applicants regardless of background. We encourage applications from anyone who believes they have the qualities to succeed in our Chambers, and we particularly encourage applications from groups that are under-represented at the criminal Bar.

That said, competition is fierce. Candidates with a degree result lower than 2:1 rarely reach the first round of interview unless there are mitigating circumstances.

The Application Process

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Each year we receive around 250 to 300 applications. We select 50 to 70 candidates for a first round interview, then approximately 15 for a second round. From 2019, we will conduct “blind” recruiting at the paper application stage, meaning that your name and gender will not be known to the people who are grading your application form.

Here’s some information on what to expect if you’re invited for interview.

First Round

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This is a 15-minute interview with two members of chambers. We’ll ask you about your application form, and to discuss a piece of written material (e.g. an extract from a case, or a newspaper article). We’ll give you the written material to read about 15 minutes in advance of your interview. We don’t expect you to have any prior knowledge of the written material. In fact we try to select topics that students are unlikely to have come across in their studies, so no one is put at a disadvantage. We’re interested in your approach and your analysis.

We are aware that applicants will not yet have started their BPTC. To ensure fairness between applicants, we will not ask you to undertake a formal advocacy exercise of the type taught on the BPTC.

Second Round

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Prior to this interview, we’ll contact you and ask you to submit a short piece of written work. During the interview, we’ll give you another piece of written material for discussion. We’ll also you ask some questions which aim to measure your potential as an advocate. As with the first round, our questions are designed to assess potential, not to test your knowledge of any particular area. Second interviews usually last around 20 minutes.


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  • Applications open: 3 December 2018
  • Application deadline: 21 January 2019, midnight
  • First Round Interviews: evenings in the weeks commencing 4 and 11 March 2019
  • Final round interviews: 30 March 2019
  • Offers: 8 April 2019

How to Apply

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We use our own application form for selecting pupils which can be accessed here.

Equality & Diversity Monitoring

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Chambers is committed to meeting the aims and commitments set out in its Equality & Diversity Policy. It is only through fair and unbiased recruiting that Chambers can select the best candidates for pupillage. For that reason, we review our recruiting procedure each year to ensure that it satisfies our Equality & Diversity policy.

We therefore ask all applicants to fill in our Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form which can be accessed here. Filling in this form is completely voluntary. However, equality and diversity monitoring plays an important role in helping us to ensure that our recruitment procedures will be fair to candidates of all backgrounds.

The information you provide will stay confidential, will be stored securely and will never be considered as part of our assessment process of you.

Completed forms should be sent to diversity@6kbw.com.

Third Six Pupillages

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6KBW College Hill is currently accepting applications for third six pupillages, to commence in October 2018. Applications must be made by way of CV and covering letter to Ros Earis (ros.earis@6kbw.com). Applications must be received by the end of Sunday 9th September 2018.

We accept applications for third six pupils at any time. However, we prefer third six pupillages to begin in October and April of each year. This is to ensure that you can take part in our tenancy assessments, to give you the best possible chance of obtaining a tenancy with us.

As a result, we will look to conduct interviews for third six pupillages in September and March of each year, and would prefer to receive applications by 15th September or 15th March.

If you apply to use a long time in advance of these dates, we may ask you to reapply closer to the time, so please bear them in mind.

We ask candidates interested in a third six pupillage to submit a letter of application and CV, to be sent to Rosalind Earis. It is often useful to set out in your letter of application why you are interested in chambers and our areas of practice, and what previous experience and qualifications you possess.

Transferring Solicitors and Candidates with Pupillage Exemptions

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Candidates with prior professional legal experience, such as transferring solicitors, may qualify for an exemption in relation to all or part of the BSB’s pupillage requirements. We are happy to consider applications from candidates in that position.

If you think you may be entitled to an exemption from the BSB, we invite you to apply for that exemption first, and make clear in your application to us what exemption you have been granted.

While your exemption may entitle you to undertake advocacy straight away, we ask all “exempt” pupils to undertake a short non-practising period with us, to ensure that you are ready to practice advocacy in the criminal courts. The length of this period can be agreed based on your existing experience, but it is unlikely to be less than three months.

Complete Exemptions

If you have been granted a complete exemption from all pupillage requirements you may apply to 6KBW for a third six pupillage. Please note that there is no financial award for transferring third six pupils (including for the non-practising period), although you will of course earn money from your own billing.

Partial Exemptions

If you have been granted a partial exemption from the regulatory requirements for pupillage, you may apply to 6KBW for an unfunded pupillage in line with that exemption and ask us to apply to the BSB for a funding exemption on your behalf. Please note that it is rare for us to agree to apply for a funding exemption, and rare for the BSB to grant one.

Candidates who have been granted a full or partial pupillage exemption may also wish to apply for a regular, funded twelve-month pupillage in line with the published timetable and using the standard application form.  This can be alongside (and as an alternative to) the applications described above.

If you have any questions about applying for a pupillage with an exemption, please email Rosalind Earis. In particular, if you intend to apply for both a funded pupillage and a pupillage with a funding exemption, please discuss your plans with us in advance.


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We welcome applications for mini-pupillages throughout the year: please contact Richard Evans enclosing a covering letter, CV and dates of availability. We particularly welcome applications from groups that are under-represented at the criminal Bar.

Work as a Researcher

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From time to time we recruit researchers for chambers. This involves preparing legal updates for chambers and carrying out specific pieces of research for our members. The work is paid at an hourly rate.

We welcome applications throughout the year. If this is a role in which you may be interested, please email a copy of your CV to clerks@6kbw.com, marked for the attention of William Hays.

Please note that successful applicants for the role of researcher will usually:

  • Have achieved at least a 2:1 in their degree.
  • Have completed professional training for the Bar (the BPTC) or as a solicitor (the LPC).
  • Have some previous legal work experience (for example, as a paralegal or a pupil).