Pupillage at Hardwicke is split into three periods of four months. During each period you will be assigned to a Pupil Supervisor and also two “wingers”, members of chambers for whom you are expected to do a set number of pieces of work.
Pupil Supervisors and wingers are selected by the Pupillage Committee, who will take your views into account about the different areas of practice that you are interested in. We encourage you to see a broad range of work and you will have the opportunity to work for other members of chambers during the year.
Feedback and training
Feedback is a continual process in our system and you will receive feedback from your Supervisors, wingers and other members. In addition, we arrange a formal feedback session at the end of each four-month period so that we can review your progress and make sure that you have the support you need.
Your first six will be spent with your first two Pupil Supervisors, assisting them with their paperwork and accompanying them to court and conferences. Where possible, you will be placed in your Pupil Supervisors' room so that you are immersed in their practice from the start.
Training is a core part of our process; throughout your first six we run a series of advocacy exercises; junior members of chambers also give training sessions about the kind of work you may find yourself doing in the second six.
Your second six will be split between your own work and working for your Pupil Supervisors and wingers. It is a challenging but rewarding period and you can expect to be in court regularly; at least once or twice a week and sometimes more. All of our members understand that this can be a stressful period and there is always someone on-hand to help you and deal with those last-minute questions.
Before you start pupillage we will invite you into chambers for an informal evening so we can give you a tour of the building, get to know each other and introduce you to your Pupil Supervisor.
When you start, you will be welcomed and introduced to members of chambers' staff. You will have a building induction and our IT staff will help you to set up your computer. Your first Pupil Supervisor will also talk you through what is expected of you, so don't worry!
During your first four months you will settle in with your Pupil Supervisor and get used to being a pupil. We will also start your internal advocacy training towards the end of your first four months.
During your second four months, having had your first formal feedback meeting, you will move to your second Supervisor and we will step up your advocacy training. There are a number of sessions to cover before you are on your feet.
During your second six you will be balancing your own court work with work for your Pupil Supervisors and wingers. Assessments and feedback will continue as before.
In July we aim to make decisions as to tenancy by mid-July of your pupillage year.
If it doesn’t work out, we will do all we can to help you find a third six or a position elsewhere. We have an excellent track record of helping our pupils to go on to become tenants in other sets of chambers or to become solicitors in top firms.