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Pupillage Advice

The Inn offers various opportunities for student members in their search for pupillage, including a Pupillage Foundation Scheme (PFS), Mock Interview Scheme and a Pupillage Advice Panel.

3 students at Call Day in front of New Square Fountain

The Pupillage Foundation Scheme was absolutely fantastic and I met so many incredible people. I am very grateful for it and I hope it continues to help other aspiring barristers network and improve their approach to Pupillage Applications.

Pupillage Foundation Scheme Participant (2023/24)

Pupillage Foundation Scheme

The Pupillage Foundation Scheme assists members who have completed their Bar Course, in search of pupillage. The scheme 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.

The dates for the next Pupillage Foundation Scheme 2024/25 are below:

  • Monday 18 November 2024 – Introductory Evening
  • Wednesday 11 December 2024 – Application Review Workshop
  • Thursday 20 February 2025 – First-round Interview Practice Session
  •  Thursday 27 March 2025 – Second-round Interview Practice Session

Please be aware that participants are expected to commit fully throughout the scheme, as such participants must attend all four sessions in-person at the Inn. Participants travelling from outside of London may request re-imbursement for reasonable travel costs. 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 Bar Training Course or Bar Transfer Test.
  • Have applied for pupillage, and been unsuccessful at least once.
  • Have received a Very Competent/Merit/70% or above in the Bar Training Course or a Pass in the Bar Transfer Test (unless you have extenuating circumstances).
  • Intend to practice at the Bar of England and Wales.

Applications for the Pupillage Foundation Scheme 2024/25 will open in August 2024. 

Mock Interview Scheme

The Inn will hold Mock Interview events after the close of the Pupillage Gateway every year.  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 and places will be given on a first come first served basis.


Applications for the 2023/2024 Mock Interviews have now closed. Students will be notified if they are successful in due course.


Mock interviews will run again next academic year.

Pupillage Advice Panel

The Inn is holding a Pupillage Advice Panel prior to the Pupillage Gateway deadline. The panel will discuss advice about applying for pupillage, interviews, and ways to boost your CV. Students will be able to submit questions prior to the event for the panel to answer.


The 2023/2024 academic year Pupillage Advice Panel took place on Wednesday 17 January 2024. The Advice Panel will run again next academic year.

Pupillage Application Review

The Inn will organise Pupillage Application Review Surgeries prior to the Pupillage Gateway deadline every year. Students will be paired with a member of the Bar who will review their application and provide feedback and advice. The aim is to assign you a barrister or judge with knowledge of the area of law or practice in which you have an interest but, inevitably, this will depend on demand.


Applications for the 2023/2024 Pupillage Application Review Surgery have now closed. The scheme will run again next academic year.