We received a high number of excellent applications for pupillage this year and we have now shortlisted for interview.  If you have not heard from us then unfortunately you have not been shortlisted; we regret that are unable to provide individual feedback if you have been unsuccessful in obtaining interview.  Future pupillage vacancies will be advertised here.


Chambers was founded 40 years ago as a radical set with the aim of representing all sectors of the community and in particular disadvantaged groups. Chambers has since grown and developed to cover many areas of practice, but we continue to have a strong commitment to ensuring access to justice for all through first-class representation. We are committed to the representation of legally aided clients, which we believe is critically important at a time when legal aid cuts continue to have a pernicious effect. In addition to our legally aided work many of our members are involved with pro bono work in local communities and internationally, with the same aim of working with vulnerable groups.

Chambers prides itself on its multi-disciplinary character, ensuring the best representation for our clients who benefit from expertise within and across practice areas.

Selection Criteria

All pupils are selected in accordance with chambers’ selection policy.​ We are looking for applicants of exceptional ability who demonstrate a commitment to our ethos. Weight is given to qualifications and past legal and advocacy experience, including voluntary work, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad.

We are committed to the Equality and Diversity Code for the Bar. Chambers is committed to recruiting pupils on an equal opportunities basis and so can only accept applications for pupillage (including from those with exemptions) through this route.

Pupillage at 1MCB Chambers

A grant of £15,000 will be awarded, made up of £7,500 in the first six and £7,500 guaranteed earnings in the second six. Travel outside London is reimbursed by chambers. Pupils do not pay rent or commission on their earnings.

Pupils will be allocated two supervisors and, in their first six, will benefit from the opportunity to work in different areas of law. Pupils will be supported with training throughout this period and can expect to be in court most days during the second six.

Sponsored Pupillage

Please note that chambers does not accept applications for sponsored pupillage.

Mini Pupillage

1MCB Chambers offers a mini pupillage programme, details of which can be found here. You do not need to complete mini-pupillage with us as a prerequisite to applying for pupillage.


Please address any enquiries concerning pupillage to Bernadette Smith.