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36 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JH
+44 (0)20 7421 8000
36 Bedford Row
London, WC1R 4JH


Pupillage Competition

“We see our pupils as our future tenants and our junior tenants as our future.”

All pupillage vacancies at 36 Bedford are placed on the Pupillage Gateway, which is the annual online application system for pupillage operated by the Bar Council.

The 36 Group will be taking on one criminal  and one one family pupil to begin October 2018. These positions will be advertised through Pupillage Gateway in January 2017. Please do not apply to Chambers other than through the Pupillage Gateway. No applications for pupillage will be considered other than those made through the Pupillage Gateway.

The 36 Group at 36 Bedford Row comprises a number of specialist practice groups. The principal practice groups are 36 Family, 36 Crime, and 36 Commercial & Property. Additionally, there are practice groups for consumer, employment, immigration and education law work.

Each practice group has its own Head of Practice Group, and its own strategy, business plan and ethos. Almost all practitioners are members of one only of the major practice groups, and specialise in that practice area.

We are a stable and well established set of Chambers, with an unbroken history dating back to the 1850s. Over the past 25 years, we have steadily moved away from our common law background where each practitioner covered had a mixed practice covering crime, family and civil to a situation where members will practise in only of those areas.

Today, we are a progressive and innovative set numbering over a 100 members. Organisationally, we have a board of directors, supported by a chief executive. Our practice managers lead on business development as well as heading up their clerking teams in family, crime and civil, respectively.

We have a strong reputation for high quality work, across a variety of practice areas. In recent years, for instance, several members have appeared in important Court of Appeal and Supreme Court cases in family, criminal, commercial, property, consumer, employment, European Union and immigration law.



The 36 Group organises two mini–pupillage courses each year, lasting a four week period. The first is held from March to April, the second is from mid- November to mid-December. On each occasion we take 3 mini–pupils per week.

On each day of the course, mini–pupils are offered the opportunity to attend court or other hearings, to work on legal research in Chambers and attend conferences. It is expected that mini–pupils will attend the whole week.


Our next mini–pupillage is from Monday 11th November 2017 to Friday 15th December 2017.

Applications for this mini-pupillage are now closed.

We are not able to offer any placements outside of these dates, and only applications made using the online form on our website will be considered.

Our mini-pupillage weeks are intended purely for work experience of a barrister’s practice and working life, and are only available to students over 18 years of age.

For the avoidance of doubt, those who are considering applying to us for a pupillage are not required to have completed a mini–pupillage with the 36 Group.


Application opens – 2.10.2017 at 9am
Application deadline - 19.10.2016 at 6pm
Successful candidates notified by email -  2.11.2017
Mini-pupillage period – 20.11.2017 to 15.12.2017
Week 1 = 20.11.2017 to 24.11.2017
Week 2 = 27.11.2017 to 1.12.2017
Week 3 – 4.12.2017 to 8.12.2017
Week 4 – 11.12.2017 to 15.12.2017