Trainee barristers must complete a period of pupillage meaning supervision by a supervising barrister.

The practical stage of training for a trainee barrister consists of a period of pupillage. 

The period of pupillage can be 12 months with the same supervising barrister or two six month periods with two different supervising barristers. During this time they will also have to participate in the Bar Council's continuing education programme.

The supervising barristers are referred to as 'pupil masters' and students will spend a lot of time with them ‘shadowing’ them whilst at work and in court. 

After completing six months of their pupillage barristers are eligible to appear in court and conduct their own cases.

They will be paid a small salary by the chambers they are attached to.

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