Pupillages, Internships, and Tenancies

Pupillages

Prospective applicants for pupillage should be familiar with the Barristers [Qualifications for Admission] Rules, sub-leg 159AC, made under the Legal Practitioners Ordinance, Cap. 159, and should also read the helpful information available on the Hong Kong Bar Association website, www.hkba.org [“Admissions and Pupillage” drop-down menu].

In general terms, pupil masters must have at least 5 years post admission experience. Whilst Senior Counsel may accept pupils, the maximum period of pupillage with a ‘silk’ is 3 months, and a pupil is only permitted to serve pupillage with one Senior Counsel.

Should you be interested in undertaking pupillage in Pacific Chambers, please feel free to approach either John Reading SC, the Head of Chambers, or any of the members of chambers who are currently eligible to accept pupils, namely,

  • Jeevan Hingorani
  • John Wright
  • David Boyton
  • John Brewer
  • Lawrence Cheung
  • James Niehorster
  • Kevin Li
  • Elizabeth Herbert

Internships

Pacific Chambers is very happy to receive Law Students who are interested in spending part of their university vacation shadowing a barrister. Currently we receive far more applications than we are able to accept and as a result the attachment is normally for TWO weeks. Interns will be exposed to various aspects of what life at the Bar may entail. The attachment may also provide some useful contacts in securing a pupillage with Pacific Chambers. In fact, a number of former pupils and current members started in the set as an intern.

Internships are regarded as part of a Law Student's education in the practical aspects of the Law and interns are not remunerated for their time spent in Chambers.

Applications for a two week attachment with Pacific Chambers should be addressed to the Chambers Manger, Ms Maria Lo.

Priority will be given to students who have applied in previous years and have been unsuccessful.

Tenancies

Any qualified barrister interested in applying for tenancy with Pacific Chambers should apply to the head of Chambers.

There are currently no vacancies at Pacific Chambers, however, qualified barristers who are interested in having their names placed on the waiting list are welcome to apply.