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 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 described below. Applications can be submitted at any time. 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 [email protected] for the attention of Michael McHardy 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.
UPDATE ON MINI-PUPILLAGES, 2 JULY 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chambers has postponed all mini-pupillages indefinitely. All successful applicants to date have already been contacted and 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. Chambers is presently not conducting any mini-pupillages online.
Chambers is still accepting applications for mini-pupillages using the above usual procedure. However, any applications which are successful during the suspension of the program will be for dates to be confirmed.
Due to honouring our commitments to current successful applicants, Chamber’s rota is now almost completely full, provisionally, for 2020. If you wish to make a mini-pupillage application presently, please be aware that you will likely be offered conditional dates in 2021; please ensure set out your availability for early 2021 in your cover letter.
UPDATE ON MINI-PUPILLAGES, 31 JULY 2020
Chambers will not be accepting any further applications for mini-pupillages from today. This is a temporary suspension so that Chambers can honour their commitment to candidates who have already been successful, which it is envisaged will likely take up the rest of the calendar year due to the uncertainty of when mini-pupillages can safely restart. Please do not send any applications through at this time; any applications received from today onwards will not receive confirmation email in the usual way and will not be considered.
If your application has already been successful, you do not need to do anything further at this stage. Chambers will write to you and reschedule mutually convenient dates as soon as the mini-pupillage scheme restarts.
Chambers will post any further announcements, including when the temporary suspension is lifted, on this page. Although subject to change, it is currently envisaged this will be in January 2021.
UPDATE ON MINI-PUPILLAGES, 18 NOVEMBER 2020
Michael McHardy will be taking over the Chambers mini-pupillage scheme. Mr McHardy has been passed the details of all successful applicants and will be in contact directly when the scheme restarts. All further email correspondence with applicants will be from Mr McHardy directly.