Pupillage CV




10 London Road, Middlemarch, Loamshire, MM2 6AZ
Mobile: 0777 777777      Email: lee-galligle-1990@yoohoo.co.uk


Setting out your address and other contact details in this format saves space and makes a good heading.

Use a sensible email address. Something like RavingLoony@hotmilk.com may not make the best impression!



2010 to date 

First Year:        

Second Year:   

Final Year:     

2003– 2010     



University of Kent, Canterbury
LL.B Law, graduating July 2009. Predicted degree class 2.1/1st

Critical Introduction to Law (Merit); Legal Process (Merit); Obligations I (Merit); Criminal Law (Merit); Constitutional and Administrative Law (Merit)

Family Law (70%), Clinical Legal Studies (72%), Obligations II (68%) Property (63%)

Equity & Trusts; European Law; Law of Evidence; Employment Law (dissertation)

Casubon High School, Middlemarch

A Levels: French [A], History [A], English Literature [B],

12 GCSE’s: 2A*’s, 4A’s, 6B’s,


Giving the percentage results for individual modules can make a stronger impression than just “2.1” if your grades are high



  Use this heading to bring together all law-related experience – paid or voluntary.

Kent Law Clinic                                                                                                2010 - 2012

  • Clinical option module Selected as one of thirty students to take this module, which allows students full conduct of cases on behalf of clients. Experience gained included interviewing clients, legal research, drafting, preparing witness statements and successfully representing a client in an unfair dismissal case at an Employment Tribunal
  • Receptionist. Joined the Clinic in first year in this role, handling initial legal enquiries from clients, by phone and in person; assisting in casework preparation, drafting of legal forms and documents and general administrative tasks

Mini Pupillages

  • Cooks Court Chambers, Temple, September 2012 Conducted research and prepared documents for a constructive dismissal proceeding
  • Whitstable Chambers, Kent, June 2012 Attended a matrimonial directions hearing and Children Act proceedings. I also observed a fact-finding hearing in contact proceedings
  • 4 Scissors Buildings, Temple, September 2011 Read and discussed case papers, attended court and conducted legal research in employment and family law


Say what you did in any law-related placements, and in what field of law



Marshalling                                                                                                      March 2012

  • Two days marshalling in Canterbury Crown and County Court with four judges, including two District Judges
  • Heard cases relating to family and criminal law; attended case management conferences and discussed cases with the judges

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Middlemarch Law Centre                    Volunteer                                         Summer 2011

  • Attended and (under supervision) conducted client interviews in areas of family, employment, housing and welfare law
  • Drafted a successful submission for a case concerning housing benefit eligibility
  • Communicated with clients, solicitors, local government officers and housing associations by telephone and in writing

 Hawleys Solicitors, Middlemarch                                                           September 2010

  • Carried out research in family and criminal law cases and observed client interviews, provided general administrative assistance and liaised frequently with barristers
  • Attended a hearing at the Magistrates’ Court


Mooting                                                                                                           March 2012

  • Worked in a team of four students to present an environmental law case in the Court of Appeal during the Kent Law School Mooting Competition. Our team was the overall winner and I was awarded the Moot Prize as Advocate of the Moot


Inner Temple                                                                                    January 2012 to date

  • Student member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Attended Inner Temple Q&A Day in June 2012
  • Completed two qualifying sessions by dining in Hall and networking with barristers

Don’t worry about including experience with solicitors’ firms. Employers will not question your commitment to the Bar but will appreciate the fact that you have investigated both sides of the legal profession




The White Bull Inn, Canterbury           Part-time bar work and waitressing   2010 to date

  • Worked under pressure to provide excellent customer service to clients from many different countries


Flora Motley, Middlemarch                  Sales Assistant                                     2009 – 2010

  • Worked in a small team to provide efficient customer service in a busy fashion store
  • Responsible for cashing up takings and banking large sums of money
  • Advised and assisted customers; resolved disputes and queries

Highlight relevant skills gained from non-law employment. Even casual, part-time work can help you to demonstrate skills that will be useful at the Bar, particularly people and organisational skills



Old Bangers Car Club – Founder and President                                             2011 to date

  • Negotiated with Kent Union to set up this society for owners of  “future classic” cars
  • Promoted the society at Freshers’ Fair and enrolled over 200 members
  • Organised events such as treasure hunts and car maintenance classes
  • Negotiated with local garages to obtain discounts for members on repairs


Student Ambassador                                                                                      2012 to date

  • Spoke at events designed to encourage school/college students from non-traditional backgrounds to consider higher education


Kent Law Temple Society – Events Officer                                                       2011 - 2012

    • Responsible for organising talks, social activities and the annual dinner, which is attended by over 100 students, graduates, barristers and judges

Although Chambers will expect to see a LOT of law-related experience and activities on your CV, it is good to be able to show that you have a life outside the law! Something a bit “different” can help your CV to stand out and be remembered. This example also shows leadership, initiative and persuasive skills



Further evidence of public speaking skills




  • Competent user of Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Excel, Access and Internet Explorer
  • Trained user of Westlaw and LexisNexis
  • Good command of spoken and written French; basic Spanish
  You may feel that this CV is from a very high-powered candidate but, to be honest, it is no more than would be expected at the Bar. With only one in five BVC students obtaining pupillage, and half of all pupillage applicants not getting a single interview, you should not underestimate the level of ability and commitment that Chambers will look for.

REFERENCES:  Available on request        




If you are short of space on the CV, you can just put “References available on request”

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