We welcome applications from outstanding candidates of all backgrounds and academic disciplines.
Cloisters is renowned for its pioneering work as well as being down to earth and practical. We are a supportive and nurturing set where everyone is given the opportunity to thrive and become the best in their field.
We see our role as educating, supporting and developing our pupils in line with Cloisters’ values which focus on commitment to excellence and delivering exceptional results for the people at the heart of our work. We keep in mind the aims, philosophy and ethos of pupillage and its professional and educational values.
Pupillage at Cloisters is split into four quarters, with a different supervisor for each one. All members of chambers are encouraged to become supervisors once they meet the qualifying period of practice which ensures that we have a wide range of supervisors of different calls, practice areas and personalities. In addition to working with and for supervisors, pupils are encouraged to do work for other members of chambers and to undertake pro bono work through FRU or law centres.
Our pupils are expected to see all areas of our work during their pupillage, which is normally organised through a choice of supervisors. Pupils are told who their supervisor will be shortly before each quarter begins. That choice is informed in part by what pupils have seen and experienced during pupillage so that all relevant areas of the pupillage checklist are covered. There is a formal appraisal at the end of each quarter, in addition to the feedback given throughout pupillage by supervisors.
The tenancy decision is based on a series of assessed tasks undertaken during the second six months (drafting, legal research, advocacy, interview) and feedback from supervisors, barristers the pupil has worked for, clients, opponents and clerks. The tasks are assessed against objective criteria. Each of the five areas is given roughly equal weight. A minimum of 70% is required for a pupil to be recommended for tenancy. If a pupil receives a mark of 80% or above they will be recommended for tenancy. While this is a challenging process for pupils, we believe that this system provides a fair and objective assessment of their skills. It means that we do not have a set number of tenancies to offer, the number we offer varies with the achievement of the individual pupils. If a pupil receives a mark between 70%-80% then the recommendation is at the discretion of the Tenancy Committee. Whatever the mark, a chambers meeting will be held where chambers as a whole will decide whether or not to endorse the Tenancy Committee recommendation.