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Pupillage 2020

Devon Chambers invites applications for a 12-month pupillage commencing in October 2020.

Devon Chambers is a friendly and welcoming set with a reputation for excellence in both crime, family and general civil law. Devon Chambers has been consistently recommended by the Legal 500 as a leading set on the Western Circuit.

Devon Chambers is committed to ensuring that pupils receive training of the highest standard and offers a rewarding pupillage across all areas of Common Law, but with a focus on Criminal and Family Law.

All applicants will be expected to have achieved at least an Upper Second Class degree and a Very Competent grade for the Bar Professional Training Course/Bar Vocational Course.

All applications are to be made on the application form, which can be found here and must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please also complete and return the Equality and Diversity form, which can be found here.


The pupillage award will be £17,000 comprising of £8,500 in the first six months of pupillage and guaranteed earnings of £8,500 in the second six months of pupillage. Pupils can reasonably expect their earnings to exceed the minimum award in their second six.  


The timetable for applications is likely to be as follows: 
• Applications to be made by 4pm on 14 February 2020 
• Invitation for interview will be sent out via email by 6 March 2020 
• First round interviews will be held on 21 March 2020 
• Second round interviews including an advocacy exercise will be held on 4 April 2020 
• Offer of pupillage to be made by 10 April 2020
• Pupillage to commence in October 2020

(Chambers reserves the right to make such variations to this timetable and process as are necessary) 

Further Information

Further details of the recruitment process and training are found in the Devon Chambers Pupillage Policy, which is available here

Devon Chambers applies the Pupillage Criteria during the application and interview process; a copy of the document is available here

Chambers also advertises this pupillage on the Pupillage Gateway and acts in accordance with the rules and procedures detailed in the Bar Standards Board Pupillage Handbook.

Please click here for the link to the Pupillage Gateway.

Devon Chambers will consider applications for a deferred pupillage commencing in October 2021. If you are applying for a deferred pupillage, please make this clear in an email and explain the reasons for wishing to defer.