We offer common law pupillages and our pupils are able to gain experience in a wide range of disciplines

Our pupillage

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 and with Cornwall Street Barristers. 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.

Probationary Tenancy / Third six pupillage

In addition to recruitment through 12 month pupillages, we occasionally look to recruit probationary tenants (or third six pupils) when there is a business need for more junior tenants in one or more of our practice areas but we welcome speculative applications. 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.

If you would like to apply for a probationary tenancy or third six, then we would welcome an initial, confidential discussion with you and would invite you to contact our Chief Executive, James Farmer to discuss your position. 

All applications should be made in writing by emailing you CV and covering letter to our Chief Executive, James Farmer, at j.farmer@cornwallstreet.co.uk. 


 Applications for pupillage starting in October 2023

We are delighted to announce we are now accepting applications for pupillage starting in October 2023.

We are seeking to recruit four pupils. Two for Birmingham, one in Oxford and one in Maidstone.

Applications are therefore being accepted from 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, 4 January 2023 to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 February 2023 and should be made by way of application form emailed to recruitment@cornwallstreet.co.uk for the attention of James Farmer, Chief Executive, setting out why you would like to join Cornwall Street Barristers, which location you are applying for and why you would like to complete your pupillage in that location.

The successful candidates’ pupillage will be a common law pupillage but with an emphasis on Criminal Law.

The level of award for each of the two pupils we are seeking to recruit is £32,000 split equally between the non-practising period of pupillage and the practising period of pupillage.

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 from candidates who can demonstrate extenuating circumstances.
  • Impressive written and oral communication skills.
  • A genuine desire and determination to work as a Barrister.
  • 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 by application form and submitted no later than the deadline above along with the Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.