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Pupillage Paper Application

Whether you are applying for pupillage via the Pupillage Gateway or direct application to chambers, it is vital to do everything in your power to give yourself that all-important edge. This page sets out our top tips for completing a pupillage application, enabling you to stand out from the crowd!

If you’d like to have a more general overview of the pupillage application process, why not take a look at The 4 Stages of Pupillage Applications free guide?

Or if you’re more focused on the interview aspect, visit our Pupillage Interview page.

Learn about the Pupillage Gateway

Your pupillage application is a reflection of you, your professionalism and your commitment to law. Unless you have completed work experience, or a mini pupillage at the chambers in question, your pupillage application is likely to be your first exposure to that chambers. Subsequently, it is vital to complete it to the best of your ability.

Depending on the chambers you are applying to, your pupillage applications will involve either:

Top Tips for Completing a Pupillage Application

To maximise your chances of success during your pupillage applications, take note of the following top tips:

Want more pupillage tips? Read Ravi’s 7 Pupillage Application Tips!

How to Draft a CV for a Pupillage Application

Some chambers prefer to receive pupillage applications by way of a CV and covering letter.

As part of a chambers’ application guidance, it may specifically state how you should format your CV and the information you should include. If, however, there is no such guidance, we would suggest using one of the more traditional CV formats, for example:

Personal details

Include your name, correspondence address, email address and telephone number.

Personal statement

This should be roughly a paragraph long and written in the third person. It is essentially your opportunity to sell yourself and positively articulate (based on your skill set, work and non-work experiences and personal qualities) why you are the best candidate for the job.

Education and associated grades

List your most recent academic grades (along with details the relevant academic institutions) first and work backwards.

Work Experience

Again, start with your most recent work experience and work backwards. For each placement, ensure you include the following detail:


Include, as a minimum, detail of any IT skills and foreign languages spoken.


Include details of relevant prizes, awards, scholarships and any other notable achievements, whether they be academic, sporting or otherwise.

Extra-Curricular Activities

You may wish to include detail of any hobbies and interests that you have.


Include details of two referees. Health warning – ensure you have consent from your referees before you add them to your CV! It is a good idea, if possible, to provide one academic and one non-academic reference.

Top Tips for Completing CVs for a Pupillage Application

How to Draft a Covering Letter for a Pupillage Application

In addition to completing:

Chambers may require you to attach or enclose a covering letter to supplement and reinforce your pupillage application. Initial impact is key with this letter, as it will almost certainly be the first part of your application that chambers will turn to.

Covering letters can take many forms but we would suggest using one of the more traditional formats when targeting chambers, including:

Top Tips for Completing the Covering Letter of a Pupillage Application

What happens after you submit your paper application?: Read our guide on the four stages of Pupillage Application

Learn about the Pupillage Gateway

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