Cornwall Street Barristers offers common law pupillages and our pupils are able to gain experience in a wide range of disciplines.

We want to attract candidates who have a good academic record, strong interpersonal skills, an ability to work very hard and can demonstrate their commitment to a career at the bar. A full person specification for pupils can be downloaded together with Cornwall Street Barristers’ Pupillage Policy which give full details of our recruitment process and selection criteria. The policy also sets out what you can expect during the pupillage year.

We advertise pupillages at www.pupillagegateway.com and under the “How To Apply” section of this page where details of pupillages currently available can be found.

Selected applicants will be invited to an interview/assessment on a date to be confirmed.

Cornwall Street Barristers operates an equal opportunities policy and adheres to the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar to ensure the equal treatment of pupils and tenants, regardless of gender, physical disability, age, race or sexual orientation.

Applications for pupillage starting on 1st October 2019 are now closed. 

The current level of award for each pupil is £16,000, made up of £8,000 during the first six and £8,000 guaranteed earnings during the second six.

During the application process, applications are sought from those who can demonstrate:

  • A high level of academic ability, generally 2:1 or above but a 2:2 would be considered for an otherwise exceptional candidate.
  • Impressive written and oral communication skills.
  • A genuine desire and determination to work as a Barrister in the provinces.
  • A capacity for hard work and the resilience to meet the demands of practice at the Bar.
  • An understanding of the challenges of developing a practice at the Bar.
  • An ability to work both alone under pressure and to contribute to a team.

Applications should be made on the Pupillage Application Form and submitted no later than the deadline specified here when the application process opens with your Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire which can be downloaded below.

Completed forms should be emailed to James Farmer, Chambers Manager at j.farmer@cornwallstreet.co.uk or alternatively both forms printed out and sent to Cornwall Street Barristers, 85-87 Cornwall Street, Birmingham B3 3BY.

Pupillage Application Form

Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire

Person Specification

Pupillage Policy

Pupillage Brochure

Third Six Pupillage


In addition to recruitment through 12 month pupillages, we occasionally look to recruit third six pupils when there is a business need for more junior tenants in one or more of our practice areas. When considering applications for third six pupils we do so with a view of offering the right candidate tenancy at the end of their six months.

If we find there is a business need to recruit a third six then we will advertise the position on the Bar Council website, on our own website and may advertise in Counsel Magazine or other publications.

Applications should be made by emailing your CV and covering letter to the Chambers Manager, James Farmer, at j.farmer@cornwallstreet.co.uk along with a completed Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire which can be found above.