23 September 2019

Pupillage statistics

Pupillage is a compulsory one-year training period spent in an authorised training organisation: either barristers' chambers or another approved legal environment.

The below data relates to those that have commenced pupillage at any point across the relevant legal year. Those that commence the first stage of pupillage will represent the majority of those that commence the second stage of pupillage in a given legal year in the chart below.

Pupillage - Overall


Pupillage - Gender


Pupillage - Ethnicity


Pupillage - Age 


* Please note that our statistics on the age of barristers practising at the Bar are not directly comparable between 2015 and earlier years. This is due to us improving the way in which we obtained this information from barristers from 2015. 

** Please note that reporting mechanisms have changed over the past years. As a result of sourcing from various data streams and the implementation of more robust quality assurance structures some numbers may vary from previous publications. 

Date of next update

November 2019

Source of data

This data is sourced from the Bar Standards Board Database.