Updated 3 April 2019
With only around 600 pupillage vacancies being made available each year, needless to say, the competition for these pupillages is fierce. A good way to make your pupillage applications stand out is by producing a flawless application cover letter that will
1. Know the basics
Make sure your letter has the correct address of the chambers and you address it to the person that deals with pupillage applications. If you do not make the effort to find out the name of the recruiter, this is unlikely to give a good first impression and it will demonstrate poor effort.
2. Follow the one-page rule
A good pupillage cover letter will be concise and no longer than one page. This is particularly important for you as an aspiring barrister who by default is expected to be able to articulate information in a concise matter. Avoid including any information which does not add any value to your applications as this will be an unnecessary waste of space.
3. Keep it simple
The fact is that funky text font and size make the cover letter difficult to read and its an instant turn off for recruiters. You should use standard fonts such as Cambria or Calibri and the font size should not be larger than 12, although ideally, size 11, as it will give you more space to write your letter.
4. Get the structure right
We would recommend that your cover letter has anything between five to six paragraphs and covering the following in this particular order:
5. Other Points to consider
In addition to getting the cover letter right, there are other areas and points you should be aware of, and get it right:
6. Top tip to a successful cover letter
Every job seeker has a unique selling point that they would have developed over the course of education or work experience. The key to securing a pupillage and indeed any other job is to identify what makes you unique and articulate it in your application. This alone will make your application stand out, and be memorable to the recruiter.
We hope you have found this article helpful and useful for your pupillage applications. Feel free to comment and or share it with anyone who you believe may find this article useful.
Legal recruiter and blogger @purelegaljobs