Pupillage is a compulsory one-year training period spent in an
authorised training organisation: either barristers' chambers or
another approved legal environment.
*The 2012/2013 rise and subsequent fall in First Six pupillage
registrations is easily explained. Previously, organisations
offering pupillages (PTOs) would recruit according to a shared
timetable, set out by the Bar Council, and pupillages were
registered at the start of the new legal year, beginning in
October. More recently, PTOs have recruited according to their own
timetables, and many now do so earlier than previously specified.
As some registrations are made in September, before the end of the
legal year, this means some pupillages appear to be registered in
the same year as they are recruited.
** 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.