10KBW Mini-Pupillage Policy
Chambers offers mini-pupillages throughout the calendar year for candidates who meet the selection criteria and subject to availability to gain first-hand experience of life at the Bar and in Chambers. Mini-pupillages are usually one week in length however this can be adjusted as required. Candidates will have their mini-pupillage tailored to suit their interests where possible and we will try to ensure that mini-pupils gain experience of shadowing barristers of varying seniority.
Mini-pupils will be advised in advance whether they should attend court or Chambers on their first morning and arrangements for the rest of the week will depend upon the diaries of our members.
As we aim to send you to court with our members for as much of the time as possible, mini-pupils are asked to dress in formal dark suits.
Chambers’ mini-pupillages are not assessed but some legal research or drafting tasks may be set with informal feedback provided. Mini-pupils will not be expected to travel outside of Greater London.
We are only able to consider applications submitted through the formal application process. Chambers will only consider applications which:
- Are from candidates aged 18 or above; and
- Consist of a cover letter of no more than one page, and a C.V of no more than two pages in length.
Chambers welcomes applications from all individuals who wish to explore life at the Bar. Chambers looks for the following criteria in selecting candidates:
- Genuine interest in Chambers and our areas of practice;
- Genuine interest in finding out more about a career the Bar; and
- High level of spelling and grammar.
Priority will be given to applicants who have not previously undertaken a mini-pupillage.
Due to Chambers being a listed building in the Inner Temple, we are unable to offer step free access to our London premises. However, Chambers will endeavour to make alternative arrangements for successful mini-pupil candidates to attend only accessible courts, conduct meetings in other mutually convenient premises, such as the Inns of Court, and ensure that the candidate is provided with the full educational benefits of a mini-pupillage.
Chambers can arrange mini-pupillages at our Bristol and Birmingham premises on request; however, the vast majority of mini pupillages are conducted in London where they are supervised by the mini pupillage co-coordinator, Maria Gherman.
Candidates should send their applications to firstname.lastname@example.org for the attention of Maria Gherman. All applications should set out dates of availability.
Candidates will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of their application and an outcome as soon as possible.
Please note that Chamber’s mini-pupillage timetable is now full until April 2020; any future applications made must set out available dates from May 2020 onward.
UPDATE ON MINI-PUPILLAGES, 25 March 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chambers will be postponing all mini-pupillages indefinitely. All successful applicants to date will have their time with us rearranged.
Due to the present advice from Public Health England, it is not possible to indicate when mini-pupillages will be able to safely restart. Chambers will write to all successful applicants in due course.
Any applications which are successful during this suspension of the program, will be for dates to be confirmed.