Applications now closed

If you are taking up pupillage in Autumn 2016, paid a total for the year of no more than £14,000 (including guaranteed earnings), you could receive our top-up award of a further £12,000. We will be making the award to one pupil every year.

  1. The award will be based on a combination of financial need and merit.
  2. The award is made irrespective of the core practice areas of the set hosting your pupillage.
  3. The first step in the application process asks for your financial details and why you need the award. We believe that by virtue of having secured pupillage, all candidates will have passed a rigorous interview process and have an excellent academic background. Accordingly, we will not require a full CV. However, we do ask you to supply two short pieces of writing (see the application form for details) in order to demonstrate your merit.
  4. We will also ask for the details of a referee. We may contact this referee if we require more information about you.
  5. From this stage, we will draw up a shortlist of six candidates who will be asked to write a headnote for a Weekly Law Report based on an unreported transcript that we will supply. We will expect all the candidates to have an understanding of the quality and structure of a law report.
  6. The final selection will be made by the judging panel; Margaret Bowron QC, Mr Justice Roth & Clive Scowen (Editor, the ICLR).
  7. The final decision will be based on a combination of the headnote and the short essays supplied with the initial application.
  8. The winning candidate will be notified early July 2016 and receive the award in two biannual amounts from October 2016.
  9. We will be taking applications from 1st March 2016. The closing date is 15th April 2016.

ICLR’s research and development manager Daniel Hoadley told Lawyer 2B

As a charity, ICLR is always looking for new ways to support law students and those embarking on a career at the Bar – the ICLR Pupillage Award is a new way in which we aim to support students commencing pupillage in chambers.

The majority of ICLR’s staff are barristers, so we’re acutely aware of how challenging pupillage can be and how this has been exacerbated for some areas of the profession by recent cuts to legal aid.”

ICLR Pupillage Award Terms