We offer a 12-month pupillage every other year. We anticipate that we will next be seeking a pupil for pupillage commencing in September 2019, for which we will offer a competitive pupillage award to be confirmed in due course. We currently expect that the deadline for applications will be during January 2018, but please check the date nearer to the time.
All of our pupils see the full range of Chambers’ work, which includes intellectual property of all kinds, media and entertainment, IT and a range of Chancery/commercial work. We take the view that it is important for pupils to have exposure to a wide variety of work during their pupillage, to give them a thorough grounding not just in intellectual property rights but also in related fields, and so that they experience the full range of instances and procedures.
During their 12 months with us, pupils usually sit with four pupil supervisors. They may also sit with other members of Chambers either for a short period or for the duration of an interesting case. Pupils will undertake internal advocacy exercises at regular intervals. Pupils also take part in Chambers’ regular internal focus group meetings, at which we discuss recent developments in the law.
Pupils are encouraged to attend hearings with their pupil masters at the European Patent Office in Munich and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. We reimburse travel and accommodation expenses for these attendances.
It is important to us that pupils feel that they are obtaining the maximum benefit from spending a year at Hogarth and members of the Pupillage Committee regularly meet with pupils to review their progress and address any concerns in confidence.