All Pupils are recruited via the Pupillage Gateway.

We are not advertising for a Pupil in 2021 but will be advertising in early 2022 for a Pupillage commencing October 2022



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 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

We accept applications for mini-pupillage and offer up to 6 places a year. Owing to the nature of work chambers undertakes all applicants must be at least in their second year of university (or equivalent). Mini-pupillages will usually last 2days.

Applications will be considered in two batches each year. The first will be considered in the first week in January and the second will be considered in the first week in May. The following criteria will be used: academic ability, demonstration of an interest in a career at the bar, and reasons for applying to chambers.

A CV and covering letter addressing the above criteria should be sent to Katherine Gittins at KGittins@3djb.co.uk.


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