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Two points may be worth making at the outset of this article. The first is that my own experience is limited to that of the pupillage recruitment process at my own chambers, Four New Square (aside from anecdotal experience gained from friends in other sets of chambers). Other sets will have different procedures, particularly depending upon whether or not they belong to the Online Pupillage Applications Scheme (OLPAS). Fortunately, this will give slightly different emphasis to the qualities sought in their prospective pupils to reflect the different areas of work they may be covering. Nevertheless, in essence the same principles will apply widely across the Bar.

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