Aim

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

We are opening applications for mini-pupillages to take place in June and July 2021. Applications by way of CV and covering letter should be submitted by email for the attention of Amelia Walker between 1 December 2020 and 26 February 2021.

We had hoped to be able to offer at the start of 2021 the mini-pupillages originally due to take place in the summer of 2020. However due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and uncertainties over whether it will be possible to offer mini-pupils an experience of working in chambers and attending hearings, we have concluded that we will not be able to do so. Applicants for the mini-pupillages due to take place in summer 2020 do not need to resubmit their applications. We will be contacting these applicants shortly to request that they inform us if they would like their application to be considered for the summer 2021 round.

Numbers

Chambers will offer up to 10 mini-pupillages per year.

Procedure

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.

Assessment

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.

Expenses

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.