All Pupils are recruited via the Pupillage Gateway.

All pupils are recruited via the Pupillage Gateway: 


We are a friendly and diverse family and civil chambers seeking to recruit a pupil to undertake a family pupillage commencing in October 2022. Any pupil would be trained in all areas of family law including public children, private children, matrimonial finance and the law relating to cohabitees. A family pupil would be welcome to explore the civil work available in chambers if they wished to do so and would be supported in doing so but this would not be a requirement.

We have an open door policy and pupils are encouraged to shadow all members of chambers to gain exposure to a wide variety of work within chambers.

We have a strong history of recruiting tenants from our pupils and we offer pupillage with a view to tenancy. We highly value pupils in chambers and are committed to ensuring that they are trained to be the best barristers that they can be. We assess pupils through a variety of different means, including advocacy and written exercises.

In addition to their supervisor, pupils are allocated a junior member of chambers to mentor them and provide them with guidance and assistance. 

We are looking for candidates whose applications demonstrate intellectual aptitude, the potential to become an excellent advocate, commitment to the bar and to the work that chambers undertakes. We expect candidates to show a commitment to family law and we value experiences outside of the law.


The pupillage award for each successful applicant stands at a total of £20,000, payable as an award in the First Six of £10,000 and as guaranteed receipts of £10,000 during the Second Six. Pupils can expect to significantly exceed their guaranteed earnings and on average our pupils bill around £30,000 in their second six. During their second six pupils can expect to be in Court most days.

We take care to ensure that our interview dates do not clash with BPTC exam dates and will inform candidates of the dates for second and first round interviews as soon as they are available. Applicants will be notified whether or not they have an interview through the Gateway. 

Please direct any relevant enquiries to pupillage@3djb.co.uk

 Comments from recent pupils:


"Pupillage at Chambers was a demanding and rewarding process. I was given ample responsibility to prepare cases during my first six which enabled me to take on my own cases with confidence during the second six. I shadowed my three pupil supervisors during my first six and other members of chambers to ensure I had a well rounded pupillage and exposure to all areas of family law. Before commencing my second six, I spent time with the more junior members of Chambers gaining experience in the level of work I would be doing which helped immensely once on my feet. Even during the pandemic, I was in Court most days and kept busy and I felt supported by Chambers throughout.”

Adiba Bassam, Pupil 2019-2020


"Pupillage at 3DJB is rigorous and challenging.  I shadowed many members of chambers in court; being exposed to all practice areas.  The offers of support from all members of chambers, which still continue, were genuine and invaluable throughout both first and second six.  Frequent feedback from my supervisors, observing court advocacy almost every day and the advocacy assessment prepared me well for being “on my feet.”  Second six was demanding and brilliant practise for tenancy.  The amount of court exposure I was given during second six, being in court around 4-5 times per week, far surpassed my expectations.  It also meant, in terms of earnings, the transition into tenancy was seamless. 

Throughout pupillage I was treated with fairness, respect and held to a high standard, leaving me assured that the quality of my work, both oral and written, was the decisive factor when making my application for tenancy.”

Laura Wakeford, 2017-2018 pupil


Third six pupil

On occasion we may have a vacancy for a Third Six Pupil. Any such vacancies will be advertised here.

Mini Pupillage

A mini-pupillage at 3 Dr Johnson’s Buildings is a fantastic opportunity to experience a full   range of family and civil law and get a better understanding of what life at the Bar is really like.


You do not need to have a undertaken a mini-pupillage with 3DJB to apply to us for pupillage, however we hope that a mini-pupillage with us will help you decide whether our specialisms and our chambers are right for you. Candidates must be over 18 and have completed their secondary education.  



We offer 4-6 mini-pupillages per year within our two recruitment cycles. Applications are to be made by way of CV and cover letter to minipupillages@3djb.co.uk.


There are no interviews for mini-pupillages and candidates will be considered on their paper application only.


Recruitment cycles

Our next recruitment cycles are as follows:

-          For mini-pupillages between January-June 2022:

  • Opening date – 22November 2021
  • Closing date - 10 December 2021
  • Notification of selection – 22 December 2021

-          For mini-pupillages between July-November 2022:

  • Opening date – 3rd January 2022
  • Closing date – 13 June 2022
  • Notification of selection – 4 July 2022


In each recruitment cycle, one place shall be reserved for a candidate from a non-fee paying and non-selective school.


Due to the number of applications we receive, only successful candidates will be contacted.



What do we look for?

A mini-pupillage is about gaining experience to see if this career is for you and if so, what area of law or type of Chambers are you looking for. It also helps to draw from this experience when completing pupillage applications.


With this in mind, when considering your application we look for:

-          Strong academic ability

-          An interest in the Bar

-          A passion for the law and advocacy


Due to the nature of the work we do, all applicants must be over 18 years of age and will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement before commencing the mini-pupillage. We encourage applications from candidates at all stages in their university education (undergraduate onwards). 


Structure of mini-pupillages with 3DJB

Our mini-pupillages are typically for 3 days, which can be increased to 5 days if this can be accommodated and is requested. Candidates who are only able to undertake mini-pupillages for 3 days are treated no differently to those who can undertake them for 4 or 5 days.  Exact times and dates will be set once selections have been made and any preferences as to dates will be considered.


Currently many hearings are undertaken remotely (by phone or video conferencing) due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Although there is a shift back to “in person” hearings, this cannot be guaranteed and many of our barristers now work from home, rather than chambers. Conversely, for those applying from outside London, we can do our best to accommodate you for remote hearings only if required. If your application is successful we will explore with you whether you should attend your mini-pupillage remotely from your home, in chambers or to court hearings taking place in person (if available). 


Whether remote or in person, you must be dressed in smart, court-appropriate attire and attend on time. Typically you would be expected to be available from 9am until 5pm and you will be given time for lunch.


Our mini-pupillages are not assessed. We hope you are able to gain experience, motivation and insight into the life of a barrister from the work you will see while with us. Whilst undertaking a mini-pupillage at 3DJB we would encourage you to meet our members of Chambers and ask them about life at the Bar, their areas of practice, pupillage and any other questions you have. We want you to enjoy your time in Chambers and hope that you leave excited about a career as a Barrister.


We are committed to ensuring that we adhere to the Bar Council’s principles in respect of Fair Recruitment when considering applications for mini-pupillage. Please see our Equality and Diversity Policy, below, for further details.


Chambers Wellbeing Policy can be found here

Chambers equality and Diversity plan can be found here.

All our barristers have formidable legal skills – which they complement with being approachable and friendly. Our team’s legal strengths, diverse backgrounds and healthy gender balance combine to offer services appreciated by our many different clients.

Barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board

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