9 Bedford Row is particularly proud of its pupillage programme and is rightly known for being “extremely nurturing of its junior members”. A Pupil Advocacy Training Programme is provided throughout all stages of pupillage with a curriculum of mock advocacy exercises and topic seminars on all areas of criminal practice mentored by Chambers’ senior members. Pupils also benefit from 9 Bedford Row’s monthly legal practitioner seminar programme that provides topical lectures from members and distinguished outside experts. Pupils spend three months with each supervisor, to ensure they have as rounded a training as possible and are exposed to the full breadth of Chambers’ practice.
Chambers takes seriously its commitment to only offer pupillages with a genuine view to tenancy and takes pride in the unusually high number of its pupils who have been offered and taken up tenancies with us. In the last three years all of our 12-month pupils who have applied have been offered and taken up tenancies at 9 Bedford Row.
9 Bedford Row currently offers annually three fully funded 18-month pupillages through the Pupillage Gateway Scheme. Pupillages will be spent with practitioners specializing in English criminal law. The pupil award consists of a £2,000 per month stipend in the first six months followed by at least £2,000 per month in guaranteed earnings during the 12 months when pupils are on their feet. Once on their feet, pupils can be sure that they will be kept very busy with Chambers’ diverse and growing practice and can expect to be in court every day with a wide variety of work, regularly earning well in excess of the minimum guaranteed earnings threshold.
In addition, Chambers accepts direct applications from suitably qualified candidates for third six pupillages and from applicants with partial pupillage exemptions from the BSB. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your CV and a short covering letter explaining the nature of the application.
Applications are welcomed from dynamic individuals with a passion for advocacy, the law and respect for the traditions of the bar. We are looking for outstanding candidates able to combine legal acumen, good judgment and persuasive advocacy with the determination needed to take advantage of the opportunities offered at our successful and growing set.
Applicants interested in learning more about Chambers and its work are invited to apply for a one week mini-pupillage at 9 Bedford Row by emailing Alex.Matthews@9bedfordrow.co.uk with a copy of their CV and a short covering letter.