Your pupillage application
Applications for pupillage at Fountain Court are to be made through the Bar Council’s Pupillage Gateway, a central clearing house requiring you to complete a single, standard application form listing your choice of chambers for pupillage. If you are invited for an interview then at that stage we will ask you to arrange for 2 academic references to be sent to Chambers.
A timetable is available at the Pupillage Gateway. In 2021 (for pupillages commencing in 2022) it is expected that the deadline for applications will be in February 2021, with final round interviews anticipated to take place some time in April 2021.
Please note that for 2021 applications (for pupillage commencing in 2022), Fountain Court will require all applicants for pupillage to have completed a two day assessed mini-pupillage, save in exceptional circumstances. See further details on the mini-pupillage page of this website. You should apply for a mini-pupillage in good time if you are considering a pupillage at Fountain Court. If you have not done a mini-pupillage your application for pupillage will also be treated as an application for mini-pupillage, although there will inevitably be a very limited number of mini-pupillages available for such applicants.
We assess all applications made through the Pupillage Gateway against our Pupillage Selection Criteria, with an initial sift taking place on an anonymised basis. Every year (usually in April) we invite around 16 candidates for a final round interview, based on their application form, mini-pupillage, and references.