The aim of our mini-pupillages is to help people to decide whether a career at the Bar is for them and to expose them to relevant and appropriate experience of our work to that end. The process of selection for mini-pupillage is entirely separate from the pupillage process and acceptance/rejection of an application for mini-pupillage is not an indication of the likely outcome of any application for pupillage.

We receive a large number of applications each year. Applications will only be considered from those people who are already enrolled on a University course or who have already successfully completed their undergraduate studies.


Applications should be submitted by post or by email for the attention of Owain Thomas between 30th November 2017 and 28th February 2018 for mini-pupillages which will take place in the following June and July.

Applicants should attach an up-to-date copy of their CV together with a covering letter setting out their reasons for wishing to undertake a mini-pupillage here.


Chambers will offer up to 13 mini-pupillages per year.


On receipt of an application within the time limit each candidate will be sent a standard letter informing them that their application will be considered in March and that the outcome of their application will be notified to them in April for a possible mini-pupillage in late June or early July.

There will be no interviews.

Chambers operates within the Equality and Diversity Code in relation to recruitment of both mini-pupils and pupils consistently with the Bar Council Guidelines.


Mini pupils will be assessed by those with responsibility for them during their mini pupillage and, in the event that they eventually apply for full pupillages in due course, the outcome of that assessment may be taken into account in the decision whether or not to offer them a pupillage interview.


Each selected mini pupil will be entitled to reclaim a sum of £150 per mini pupil to defray accommodation or other costs incurred in undertaking a mini pupillage in these Chambers.

Assessed mini-pupillage scheme

One Crown Office Row is committed to assisting the Bar to become as diverse and representative of society as possible. To this end, in 2015 we launched an assessed mini-pupillage scheme targeted at socio-economically disadvantaged applicants, which guaranteed a first-round interview for pupillage to those applicants who performed well in their assessments. Following the success of the scheme in 2016 and its expansion in 2017, in summer 2018 we will again be expanding the scheme and looking to recruit at least 10 assessed mini-pupils to undertake a week-long mini-pupillage. The assessed mini-pupillage scheme will run between 4 June 2018 and 27 July 2018.

Selection Process

The scheme is open to applicants who meet the following criteria:

A: You must have attended a state school or college, be able to demonstrate high academic achievement, and be in at least your second year of university or a graduate;


B: You must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • neither of your parents went to university
  • You have received free school meals
  • Your family has received income support
  • You have caring responsibilities
  • You were in care yourself

Women and applicants from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Applications may be submitted between 5 November 2017 and 2 March 2018. If you wish to apply, please complete the form and email it with a ‘Assessed Mini-Pupillage’ as the subject, along with an up-to-date copy of your CV, to

Postal applications should be addressed to Alison Ebdon, c/o Equality and Diversity Committee, 1 Crown Office Row, Temple, London EC4Y 7HH.

Click here to download the form.


Assessed mini-pupils will be entitled to a bursary of £150 and up to a further £150 (or more if necessary) to cover any travel and accommodation expenses.