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Pupillage Advice

The Inn offers various opportunities for student members in their search for pupillage, including a Pupillage Foundation Scheme and Pupillage Application Advice Evenings.

Pupillage Foundation Scheme

The Pupillage Foundation Scheme is run twice a year to help Lincoln’s Inn post-BPTC members in their search for pupillage. The course helps pupillage hopefuls with intensive application workshops and mock interview sessions, pairing them up with a mentor to offer on-going support throughout the application process.

Each round of the scheme is limited to twenty places. To apply for the scheme, you must:

Be a member of Lincoln’s Inn
Have applied for pupillage and been turned down at least once
Have received an “Outstanding” or “Very Competent” grade for the BPTC
If you have received a “Competent” for your BPTC, the Inn may take into account any extenuating circumstances or evidence of your commitment to the Inn and the profession. If applying with a Competent grade, please write a formal letter addressed to His Honour John Samuels QC which outlines your extenuating circumstances and why you wish to take part.

The Chairman of the scheme, His Honour John Samuels QC, will review the applications and you will be notified if you have been successful around four weeks in advance of the course commencing. Please be aware that those on the course are expected to fully participate and engage during the course and should only apply if they are willing to commit their time.

The charge for the scheme is £40 to be paid once your place has been confirmed.

Applications for the Scheme are now open. To apply, please send the following to Matt Nicholson at :

1.       A completed PFS Application form (download link to the right of the page)

2.       The most recent copy of your CV.

3.       A copy of your most recent pupillage application form.


The deadline for applications to the scheme is Monday 2nd September 2019.


The dates for this year’s scheme are as follows:

Residential at Highgate House, Northampton
Primarily for applicants on circuit, this is an intensive session that incorporates all sessions of the Lincoln’s Inn scheme in one day.

11th – 12th October 2019.


Lincoln’s Inn sessions, London.
Introductory evening – 11th December 2019

Application review – 14th January 2020

1st round interview practice – 20th February 2020

2nd round interview practice – 19th March 2020



Pupillage Application Advice Evenings

The Inn hosts two Pupillage Application Advice Evenings prior to the Pupillage Gateway deadline. These sessions take place in December and January. These events offer students an opportunity to have their pupillage application form reviewed in a one-to-one session by a practising barrister. The evenings are open to all members of the Inn who are seeking pupillage. Students will receive further information about the opening of registration via the student newsletter and on this web page. The confirmed dates and the application form will be available on this web page and in the student newsletter nearer the time.

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