Our application process for pupillage to commence in 2021 is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted applications.

The successful candidates who have been selected for first round interviews will be notified by Monday 26th January.

Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants, only those shortlisted will be contacted.


Applications open: Monday 2nd December 2019

Applications close: Monday 13th January 2020 (11am)

First round of interviews (in Liverpool): Saturday 1st February 2020

Second round of interviews (in Manchester): Thursday 13th February 2020

Offers will be made on Friday 28th February 2020.

The selection process and how to apply

Exchange Chambers is not a member of the Pupillage Gateway – we manage the application process ourselves. Applications must be made on Chambers’ own application form.

Following consideration of your application, you will be invited to a first round interview. If successful, candidates will be invited to the second round interview shortly afterwards. We aim to make any offer of pupillage as soon as practicable after the decision has been made.

What do we look for in a candidate?

This year we launched our pupillage academy, which means from September 2020 we will be taking on 6 twelve month pupillages each year, with a view to taking on all pupils at the culmination of pupillage. We have previously recruited only 3 pupils per year.

We look for candidates with a fine intellect, clarity of thought and expression, a capacity for sustained hard work under pressure, integrity and an ability to achieve. You should be confident and enthusiastic, and possess the ability to relate appropriately to the very widest cross section of society.

We have a minimum requirement of an upper second class degree.

What will I get out of my pupillage?

We believe that our approach to pupillage is unique and we invest a lot of time and money in the process. Our strength in depth means that you will experience a wide variety of work from the outset, and work with barristers who are leaders in their field. Pupils and junior barristers are in court virtually every day. You have the ability to build your own practice and develop your advocacy from an early stage.

Pupils can expect:

  • Each pupil is allocated a pupil supervisor, but will also have the opportunity to experience other work outside of their supervisor’s practice
  • Attend hearings in court with their pupil supervisor
  • Attend conferences with solicitors and lay clients
  • Assist their pupil supervisor in the drafting of documents including advices and pleadings, as well as drafting skeleton arguments for hearings
  • Receive regular feedback from their pupil supervisor
  • Participate in social and charity events

Useful information and contacts

Download our pupillage brochure.

Click here to read the Legal Cheek review on Exchange Chambers.

Follow us on twitter @ExcPupillage for regular updates and information.

For queries and assistance, please get in touch with Chantal Core (Recruitment and Pupillage Coordinator).

Equality and Diversity

At Exchange Chambers we are committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, including members, pupils, employees and applicants to Chambers. We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, marital or civil partner status, gender reassignment, disability, age, religion or belief.