Pupillage Training

Pupillage training, also referred to as work-based learning component of Bar training, involves gaining practical training under the supervision of an experienced barrister. This typically lasts 12 months and is divided into two parts: a 6-months non-practising period, and a 6-months practising period. During this time, pupils are expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attributes set out in the Professional Statement, and will also have to undertake compulsory courses and assessments depending on when pupillage commenced. The ICCA is committed to supporting pupils during training. Professional Ethic materials are freely available to those required to sit the Pupillage Ethics Exam; and resources are in development to provide content on negotiation skills.

Professional Pupillage Ethics

The ICCA’s Professional Ethics materials have been designed to assist pupils in their preparation for the Bar Standards Board’s Pupillage Ethics Exam. This is a compulsory exam which applies to all students who commenced Bar Training from 2020 onwards, , or who completed the Bar Transfer Test from August 2021 onwards.

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Training resources in development - more information to follow.

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Stage 3 Pupil Advocacy Procedure

The ICCA oversees coordination of the Stage 3 Pupil Assessment Procedure (Stage 3 PAPP) on behalf of the Bar Standards Board. The procedure for Stage 3 can be invoked upon a request from an Inn or a Circuit for a pupil who has not met the required competency standard following assessment at a second pupil’s advocacy training course (Stage 2).

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