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 between October 2021 and April 2022 are being invited!

This year we are seeking to take one pupil predominately based out of our Birmingham Office but who will spend time with members across all of our offices. The successful candidate’s pupillage will be a common law pupillage tailored towards their preference in area of law they wish to specialise in.

The current level of award for the pupil will be £17,000, made up of £8,500 during the first six and £8,500 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 from candidates who can demonstrate extenuating circumstances.
  • 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 11am, Monday 8 February 2021 along with your Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire which can be downloaded below.

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

Pupillage Application Form (Word)

Pupillage Application Form (PDF)

Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire

Person Specification

Pupillage Policy

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.