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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.

Applications for the 2020/2021 scheme are now open. The deadline for submitting applications is 5pm on the 30th September 2020.

The dates for this year’s Lincoln’s Inn scheme are:

  • 14th December 2020 – Introductory evening
  • Thursday 14th January – Application review evening
  • Tuesday 23rd February – 1st Round Interview practice
  • Tuesday 16th March – 2nd Round Interview practice

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation, the Inn will not be able to run the usual residential at Highgate House this year. We are sorry to disappoint applicants but as the Inn’s events have been cancelled, we cannot hold this session in the current climate.

Please be aware that you are expected to put in commitment throughout the scheme. You must attend all sessions. After the Scheme’s past success and popularity, we have seen how much it can benefit individuals who are willing to participate fully.

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Have completed the BPTC
  • Have applied for pupillage, and been unsuccessful at least once
  • Have received a “Very competent” mark for their BPTC unless can show some extenuating circumstance.

To apply, please send a completed application form (downloadable from this page), a copy of your most recent pupillage application , and a copy of your CV to Matt Nicholson at

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact Matt Nicholson at

Pupillage Application Advice Panel Event and Fair

The Inn holds a Pupillage Application Advice Fair prior to the Pupillage Gateway deadline. The date for the next Fair is to be confirmed, however likely to be in December 2020 or January 2021. Further details will be added to this page in due course.

The Fair will include stands from various practice areas, with barristers and pupils on hand to answer your pupillage questions. This is a free event. Prior to the fair, there will be a panel event where you can hear advice about applying for pupillage, ways of boosting your CV ahead of application and also information from our Euro Group. There is also a chance to request to have your application reviewed.

Please note, these sessions are only open to members of Lincoln’s Inn. These sessions are not a Qualifying Session. 

Advice during Coronavirus

If you have been asked to attend a pupillage interview during lockdown via video conference and would like some advice from a barrister please contact Beth Williams and we will try to arrange a practice interview or advice session with one of our members.

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