by Wan Zafran Pawancheek
Published November 27, 2015
Chambering is essentially apprenticeship: pupils would shadow a more senior lawyer to learn the trade and craft of advocacy.
It’s a vital tradition: a lot of what you actually need to know about legal practice will not be in the books, and the chambering period affords pupils some safety and a strong learner’s defence against the (undoubtedly many) mistakes they will make as a beginner.
So it’s deplorable for masters to think it’s a waste of time to spend time sharing knowledge with their pupils; some even treat pupils as disposable clerks/secretaries, and take pupils as a way to cut costs.
Unworthy and uninterested ‘masters’ demean the profession. They should be barred from taking further pupils.