Readership
Readership

Readership Policy

​APPLICATIONS CURRENTLY OPEN

READER INTAKEMAY 2023SEPTEMBER 2023MAY 2024
APPLICATION ORDINARILY
EXPECTED TO BE MADE BY
31 AUGUST 202230 NOVEMBER 202220 JANUARY 2023
INTERVIEWS FROMSEPTEMBER 2022DECEMBER 2022JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2023

Who are we looking for?

University Chambers is looking for talented and motivated readers from all backgrounds. First Nations applicants are encouraged to apply.

We understand that a barrister’s reading year can provide a strong foundation for a successful career at the Bar. University Chambers seeks to assist its readers to launch their careers at the Bar and to assist their progression after their reading year.

How many readership positions are available at University Chambers?

University Chambers typically offers two readership positions each year, one for the May intake and one for the September intake. University Chambers may also have capacity to offer additional positions at the discretion of the floor.

What are the accommodation arrangements?

University Chambers has two dedicated rooms for readers and from time to time may have additional spaces suitable for readers. All rooms and spaces are on the floor. University Chambers does not have an annex. This allows readers to take advantage of the collegiality of our Chambers and its commitment to “open door” policy.

Can I visit the floor and view the accommodation?

Potential applicants are welcome and encouraged to arrange a tour of the floor with our Clerk, Michael Read, at any time. We are located at Level 9, 167 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

When should I apply?

Applications are accepted at any time and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible. An offer in relation to each May intake will ordinarily be made to an applicant who applied by 20 January in the previous year.  An offer in relation to each September intake will ordinarily be made to an applicant who applied by 20 July of the previous year.  That is, by 20 January 2023 for the May 2024 intake and by 20 July 2023 for the September 2024 intake.

However, in the case of the May 2023 intake, an offer is expected to be made to an applicant who applied before the end of August 2022. In the case of the September 2023 intake, an offer is expected to be made to an applicant who applied before the end of November 2022.

To Whom Should I Submit My Application?

Applications should be made by email to the Chair of the Readership and Recruitment Committee, Sean Docker (sdocker@universitychambers.com.au), and the Clerk, Michael Read (read.m@universitychambers.com.au).

What should I include in my application?

A covering letter, curriculum vitae, any other relevant information you wish to have considered, and the names and contact details of at least two referees that can be contacted by our Readership and Recruitment Committee. It is particularly helpful to have referees with detailed knowledge of your practical experience. Your application should also note if you have a preference for commencing in a particular intake.

What happens after I submit an application?

After an application is received, it will be distributed to our Readership and Recruitment Committee for consideration. Selected applicants will be invited to attend an interview.  An offer in relation to each May intake will ordinarily be made in February of the previous year and an offer in relation to the September intake will ordinarily be made in August of the previous year.

Do I have to pay for readers’ accommodation?

No, however all readers will be billed for disbursements (printing, consumables, etc.).

What are the accommodation arrangements when the readership concludes?

Although not guaranteed, University Chambers will ordinarily invite readers to become a licensee on the floor after the completion of their readers’ year. Our preference is generally for new barristers to remain on the floor after their readership year. The Chair of the Readership and Recruitment Committee will consult with readers between 6 – 8 months into their readership year regarding their potential future on the floor. For further information about potential accommodation arrangements at University Chambers, please contact the Chair of the Readership and Recruitment Committee, Sean Docker, or the Clerk, Michael Read.

Do I need an on-floor tutor?

University Chambers’ readers are expected to have one tutor from University Chambers, and a second tutor from another chambers. The Clerk and the Readership and Recruitment Committee would be pleased to assist new barristers in identifying suitable tutors to enhance their readership experience. The Readership and Recruitment Committee will also put new readers in touch with a junior member of the floor to assist with the transition to life in chambers.

What if I have further questions?

For any further questions please contact the Chair of the Readership and Recruitment Committee, Sean Docker, or the Clerk, Michael Read.