Pupillage

We offer a 12-month pupillage every other year.  We anticipate that we will next be seeking a pupil for pupillage commencing in September 2019, for which we will offer a competitive pupillage award to be confirmed in due course. We currently expect that the deadline for applications will be during January 2018, but please check the date nearer to the time. 

All of our pupils see the full range of Chambers’ work, which includes intellectual property of all kinds, media and entertainment, IT and a range of Chancery/commercial work. We take the view that it is important for pupils to have exposure to a wide variety of work during their pupillage, to give them a thorough grounding not just in intellectual property rights but also in related fields, and so that they experience the full range of instances and procedures.

During their 12 months with us, pupils usually sit with four pupil supervisors. They may also sit with other members of Chambers either for a short period or for the duration of an interesting case.  Pupils will undertake internal advocacy exercises at regular intervals. Pupils also take part in Chambers’ regular internal focus group meetings, at which we discuss recent developments in the law.

Pupils are encouraged to attend hearings with their pupil masters at the European Patent Office in Munich and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. We reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for these attendances.

It is important to us that pupils feel that they are obtaining the maximum benefit from spending a year at Hogarth and members of the Pupillage Committee regularly meet with pupils to review their progress and address any concerns in confidence.

How to Apply

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

All applications must be made using our Application Form.

We would prefer you to complete this application electronically and e-mail it to BHarrison@hogarthchambers.com.  

Alternatively, please submit the form to:

Briget Harrison
Hogarth Chambers
5 New Square
Lincoln’s Inn
London
WC2A 3RJ

The closing date for receipt of applications is 22nd February 2016.

If necessary, please use additional sheets clearly marked with your name and the question it relates to.  Please note that CVs and written references will not be looked at.

By submitting your application for pupillage, either electronically or on paper, you are deemed to have confirmed the truth of your entries to the best of your knowledge and belief.

If you have given an e-mail address, you will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your application within two weeks of its receipt.  If you have not heard from us within two weeks of submitting it, please contact us to check that your application has been received.  We will endeavour to advise you of the progress of your application as soon as possible after the closing date.

Selection Criteria

When determining applications for pupillage, we take into consideration the following:

  • Intellectual ability
  • Ability to communicate orally and on paper
  • Interest in and desire to succeed at the Bar/Hogarth

Hogarth seeks pupils with an excellent academic background, who can demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively both orally and on paper, who can show an interest in the work undertaken by Hogarth Chambers. As part of the above, we take into account further and higher degrees, participation in debates or moots, authorship of articles, and lecturing or tutoring activity, mini-pupillages at Hogarth, practical experience in commerce or industry and other legal experience. Outside interests and abilities are also important.

Interviews

There are two rounds of interviews. We intend to complete both rounds within 3 weeks of the deadline for applications and to make any offers within 4 weeks of that deadline.

Funding

We offer an award of up to £40,000 for a 12-month pupillage, of which £5,000 may be drawn down during the BPTC year to assist with your funding.

Any sum drawn down during the BPTC year may, in the discretion of Hogarth Chambers, be recoverable if you do not proceed with your pupillage.

3rd Six

In exceptional circumstances, applications for 3rd six-month pupillages will be considered. Applications may be made at any time, by covering letter together with a CV.  Such applications should be addressed to Briget Harrison and marked “3rd six-month pupillage”.

Equal Opportunities

Equality & Diversity

• Chambers is firmly committed to equality and diversity in all aspects of chambers’ operation and management.  This includes taking positive action where appropriate to increase our diversity.

• We have a written policy setting out our commitment, which is regularly reviewed.

• All members, staff and pupils receive equality and diversity training.   This covers both legal obligations and good practice in relation to all equality strands, including age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.