Students & pupillage

Our work

Monckton Chambers specialises in public and commercial law and the interface between the two. We are recognised as a leading set within our specialisms, which include competition and regulatory; public; sports; tax; and technology, media and communicationsOur work is carried out in areas of the law that are rapidly growing and fast moving. It is exceptionally demanding, but also highly rewarding.

Our pupils

We are looking for candidates of the highest intellectual calibre. Most successful candidates for pupillage will have a First Class Honours degree (although it need not be in law).

We do not, however, expect candidates to have any experience or expertise in the specialised areas in which we practice, merely an interest and enthusiasm for the work that we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have degrees in subjects other than law and are taking (or have taken) the GDL.

It is not only intellectual skills that we are looking for: we are seeking candidates with the personal skills to win the trust of clients and judges alike. Monckton Chambers is a dynamic place to work. Members actively engage in speaking at conferences and seminars, in London and internationally, and in contributing to a variety of publications, ranging from our own marketing materials, to specialist journals and practitioner texts. We are looking for junior tenants who will bring real energy to Chambers.

Applications for pupillage

Monckton Chambers offers pupillage for twelve months, full time. The award is £70,000. We ordinarily take two pupils per year. Monckton Chambers recruits pupils selectively in the expectation of being able to offer all pupils tenancy, should they meet the required standard. On average, between 80 and 90% of pupils are offered tenancy.

Several members of chambers have come to us via a non-standard route – for example having previously worked at NGOs, as solicitors, academics or civil servants. For more information, please download our Pupillage brochure.

Selection & interview process

To fully support our Equality & Diversity Policy and aims, we will anonymise the applications from the Pupillage Gateway for our first sift selection process. Applicants are invited for interview following this first sift.

Our interview process is then in two stages. The first interview is shorter and more informal. We seek to identify candidates with the skills and potential to be an outstanding barrister within our fields of expertise. We do not test specific legal knowledge.

We offer a second interview to a shortlist of candidates. The second interview is based on a legal problem that the candidate has been given to consider immediately before the interview. Again, the problem is intended to test the candidate’s critical reasoning skills, rather than his or her knowledge of any particular area of law. Candidates will also be asked to complete a short piece of written work.

Candidates invited for a second interview who have not previously completed a mini-pupillage are offered the opportunity of spending a few days with us to learn more about what we do and to experience the atmosphere in Chambers. It is not, however, a requirement of the application process that you should complete a mini-pupillage with us.

How to apply

Monckton Chambers is a member of the Bar Council Pupillage Gateway and all applications should be made in accordance with that scheme. We invite applications from pupils in the year preceding the October in which pupillage is due to start. We are, however, in exceptional circumstances willing to consider applications for deferral.

The application timetable for pupillages commencing Autumn 2022 is as follows:

  • 4th January 2021 – Gateway opens for applications.
  • 8th February 2021 – Gateway closes.
  • 11th February – 6th May  2021 – Shortlisting and interviews at Monckton Chambers. We currently intend to hold our first round interviews on week beginning 12th April and 3rd – 4th May for the second round.
  • 7th May 2021 – Offers of pupillage for 2022 will be made.


Deferred pupillage

Chambers may from time to time consider deferred pupillage applications. When it does so the opportunity will be advertised via Pupillage Gateway. It is anticipated that a decision on whether or not to invite deferred pupillage applications will be made in February of each year for pupillages commencing in the October 2 ½ years thereafter. We invite applicants with an interest in a deferred pupillage to submit their CV with a letter of application explaining the reasons for seeking a deferred pupillage to


We operate a mini-pupillage scheme.  This is intended for people who are in their final year at, or have already graduated from, university, and who are interested in our areas of legal practice.  For details, please see our Mini-pupillage page.

Special pupillages & hosting arrangements

In some cases we offer special pupillages. For details see our special pupillages page.