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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 Group 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, one civil and one  family pupil to begin in October 2019. These positions will be advertised through the Pupillage Gateway. The adverts will be available to view from 28th November 2017. Applications may be made from  January 2018. 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 Civil. 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 one of those areas.

Today, we are a progressive and innovative set numbering over a 100 members. 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 next period will be between June and July 2018. 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 period is from 25.06.2018 – 13.07.2018. Applications for mini pupillage may be made at any time from 4.04.2018.

Application forms will only be available for download between 22.03.2018-4.04.2016 from the website. Please do not apply outside of this time period.

Click Here to download the Application Form.

Succesful candidates will be notified by 30.04.2018.

Please check for updates regarding the next mini-pupillage course. Any updates will appear under the sub-heading below.


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.