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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 closed.

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 participants 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

The Inn is holding a Pupillage Application Advice Panel prior to the Pupillage Gateway deadline on Thursday 21 January 2021. The panel will discuss advice about applying for pupillage and ways of boosting your CV ahead of application. Further speaker details will be added to this page in due course. This a free event.

The Inn will also be holding pupillage application surgeries throughout January before the Gateway deadline. Access an example Pupillage Application Form here. The deadline to submit your pupillage applications to the is Tuesday 5 January 2021. Shortly after the deadline, we will confirm to students if they are successful. We will provide a matching service, pairing the student with a barrister to set a convenient time and date.

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

Mock Interview Scheme

The Inn will hold two Mock Interview events on Monday 1 March after the close of the Pupillage Gateway on Monday 8 February. The scheme is open to student members who have secured a pupillage interview. Due to high demand we will only be allowing students to attend one event per year. Applications for these events will be taken by ballot, which will be accepting responses from Friday 8 January.

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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