To apply to become a Pupil Supervisor, you must complete the Application Form (Schedule 1) and Supplementary Information form. On completion, both forms need to be sent to your referees for comment. Please note that your referees need to fulfil certain criteria. (see Clauses 5 a, b, and c). Your referees must respond on headed notepaper and sign the letter themselves (the letter must be scanned if sent by email). The letter must confirm that the information contained in the application form is accurate. They should also comment on the nature, scope and content of your practice and your suitability to become a pupil supervisor.
All applications are submitted for approval to the Inn’s Bench for approval.
To become a Pupil Supervisor, you must also complete some training. You can train at any of the Inns, or Circuits, who run the same course, but you need to submit your application to your own Inn. Dates for the forthcoming training are given below:
Wednesday 19th September (Gray's Inn)
Thursday 20th September (Lincoln's Inn)
Thursday 15th November (Middle Temple)
You may train before your application is approved or vice versa but both parts must be completed before you can become approved as a pupil supervisor and take on a pupil. Once you are approved your Inn will notify the Bar Standards Board, and update its own records accordingly.
If you are a member of the employed bar, your employer must be an approved training organisation (ATO) if they wish to take on a pupil. This does not prevent you from applying to become a pupil supervisor in your own right but you will not be able to take a pupil in that organisation until it has ATO status.
Please ensure that you sign the form. An original signature needs to be supplied on the form, so if you are returning it electronically, then please scan it; It is helpful