Pupillage at Temple Chambers is for individuals with outstanding intellectual ability and a firm commitment to practise at the Hong Kong Bar. Our pupils have the opportunity to learn from and work closely with some of the leading practitioners at the Bar.

We do not set a quota for pupillages, but competition is keen. We seek to identify and nurture future leaders of the Bar. Applicants should accordingly have strong academic degrees in law or other relevant disciplines, and should demonstrate high analytical abilities, communication skills and practical sense. Since 2016, several of our pupillage awardees have also been recipients of the Temple Chambers (Oxford) Scholarship.


With a view to streamlining the processing of applications and the matching of pupils to pupil-masters, all applications for pupillage with members of Temple Chambers are centrally processed by the Pupillage Committee once a year.

We require all applications to be made on our standard application form and do not accept application by CV and covering letter. The completed application form and any attachments (in scanned or native PDF format) should be addressed to the Pupillage Committee and submitted by email to pupillage@templechambers.com. We accept applications up to 2 years in advance of the year in which the applicant intends to commence pupillage. In any event, all applications should be submitted no later than 30 September of the year preceding the intended commencement of pupillage. In the absence of exceptional circumstances, late applications will not be considered.

Interviews of shortlisted candidates are usually held in November or December and offers are usually made in January or February of the following year.

Pupillage Application Form

Temple Chambers Pupillage Award

We currently offer an ex gratia Pupillage Award, which gives each successful applicant for the Award a subsidy during his or her pupillage with Temple Chambers. It is made on merit, although the applicant’s financial position will also be taken into account.


If you have any questions about applying for pupillage at Temple Chambers, please contact Yvonne Yim at (+852) 2523 2003.

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