Pupillage Foundation Scheme

Pupillage Foundation Scheme

Mentor and mentee

The Pupillage Foundation Scheme is run twice a year to help post-BPTC members in their search for pupillage. The course includes an introductory night, an application workshop and two 'mock' interview sessions. You will also get paired up with a mentor, who will offer on-going support. We try to place mentees with a practitioner as close to their preferred practice area as possible. 

We have a limited number of 20 places on each round of the scheme. The Chairman of the scheme, His Honour John Samuels QC will review the applications and we will be in touch at least 3 weeks in advance to confirm your place. Please be aware that you are expected to put in some commitment throughout the scheme. In particular, you must attend all 4 sessions. We have seen from past participants just how it can help individuals providing you are willing to participate fully, that means meeting deadlines, sticking to arrangements for meetings with mentors, etc.

The next round of the scheme will be taking place at Exchange Chambers Manchester on the evening of the 29th and the day of the 30th September 2017.

The following round of the scheme will run over 4 evening sessions at our training facility, based in Roll's Passage, 33 Chancery Lane from 5:45pm – 8:30pm. Dates TBC. 

To apply for the Pupillage Foundation Scheme kindly download and complete the registration form using the link below and return to Sellisha Lockyer ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with a copy of your most recent Pupillage Gateway application and CV. Applicants must have completed the BPTC, have applied for pupillage, and have been unsuccessful at least once to be considered for the scheme. No one who has received less than a “Very competent” mark for their BPTC will be admitted, unless they can show some extenuating circumstance. Applicants’ commitment to the Inn and to the profession may also be taken into account in such circumstances.

The application deadline for both the Manchester and London Schemes is the 1st September 2017. Please indicate which scheme you are applying for in your email.

If a high level of applications are received, those that have submitted their application first will have preference. We therefore recommend submitting your application as early as possible. 

The charge for the scheme is £40 to be paid once your place has been confirmed, however waivers will be considered for anyone who is struggling, especially if they are travelling long distances and at high costs. 

Registration Form

Additionally, the Education Department is always interested in recruiting practitioners who would be prepared to act as mentors. Practitioners who are interested in acting as mentors should contact Sellisha Lockyer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.