Mini-pupillage vacancies

A listing of mini-pupillages at barristers' chambers featured in Chambers Student.

 

NB: mini pupillages have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Please check sets' websites before applying.
We will update this page as details come in.

We've also curated a list of virtual work experience opportunities at the Bar.


A mini-pupillage – or 'mini' – is a great way to get a taste of the Bar. Minis are the Bar's equivalent of an internship or vacation scheme and last one to five days. Most minis are short and unassessed, so sets are usually able to offer between a dozen and several dozen mini-pupillages a year.

Below is the latest information on mini-pupillages at sets featured in Chambers Student. Sometimes you will see that the dates/deadlines indicated have already passed – these have been included when the equivalent deadline for next year is not yet known.

The majority of sets mentioned below state that mini-pupillages are intended for those who have already studied some law – i.e. second-year law students and above and GDL students and above. Exceptions may be made, for example for those intending to begin the GDL in the following academic year. Some sets state that their minis are for students of any discipline – these include 2 Bedford Row, 5 Essex Court, Falcon Chambers, Outer Temple, Quadrant Chambers and 1 Hare Court. Either way you will be expected to have some demonstrable interest in a career at the Bar. Check with individual chambers for their exact criteria.

While all sets featured in Chambers Student offer minis, be aware that some only offer them as part of the pupillage application process rather than to a broader audience. Minis are usually unpaid, though travel and accommodation expenses may be covered.

The information below was either provided directly to Chambers Student or taken from sets' website. Please double check dates and deadlines directly with sets before applying.

Read more about mini-pupillages here

                                                                             Places (pa) Date Deadline Duration Funding Application method Step-free access?*
                 
  Atkin Chambers 10 unassessed March, April & July + September & December Rolling 2 days Travel + accommodation CV + cover letter  
                 
  2 Bedford Row 80-100 unassessed Year round Rolling 1 week Unpaid CV + cover letter  
                 
  Blackstone Chambers Varies September-April Same as Pupillage Gateway 3 days £250 Online form

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  Brick Court Chambers c. 50 assessed 
Year round Rolling 3 days £10/day + £100/night + travel Online form  
                 
  Cloisters Up to 10 unassessed All year Suspended due to Covid-19 3 days £120 for expenses Online form  
                 
  Crown Office Chambers c. 20 June, July, September, December & April TBC 4 days Unpaid Application form  
                 
  Erskine Chambers c. 45 rolling rolling 2 days Funded - £250 CV + cover letter

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  39 Essex Chambers 40 Autumn & winter TBD 3 days Not known Application form + CV

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  Essex Court Chambers 25-30 January-July December 1-2 days Travel Online form  
                 
  One Essex Court N/A Term time rolling 1-2 days Travel CV + cover letter  
                 
  5 Essex Court 25-30 unassessed Spring, summer & autumn Summer: 31 March 2019
Autumn: 31 July 2019
Spring: 30 November 2019
1 week Unpaid Application form + CV  
                 
  20 Essex Street 45 Spring, summer & autumn/winter Autumn/winter: 30 June 2019
Spring: 30 November 2019
Summer: 28 February 2020

2 days Travel (max £75) Application form  
                 
  Falcon Chambers 12 Spring, summer & winter Not known 3 days Travel Online form  
                 
  Farrar's Building 15 Easter and summer uni holidays (some flexibility) 21 January, 21 April, 21 July, 21 October 2-3 days Not known CV + cover letter  
                 
  Fountain Court Chambers 30-35 unassessed Spring, summer & winter Summer: 30 March 2019
Winter: 30 October 2019
Spring: 28 February 2020

2 days £150 for expenses Application form  
                 
  Francis Taylor Building 40 unassessed Term times rolling Up to 5 days Unpaid CV + cover letter

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  Hailsham Chambers Limited spaces TBC (suspended due to Covid-19) TBC 2 days Travel on request CV + cover letter

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  1 Hare Court 10 Feb-July and Oct-Jan see website 3 days Not known CV + cover letter  
                 
  Henderson Chambers Up to 6 rolling (except August) 31 March + 31 July 2021 up to 3 days Bursary available Online form  
                 
  11KBW 30-35 Jan-end of March 9 November 2020 3 days Travel expenses (max £150) Online form  
                 
  Keating Chambers Unassessed During term time rolling 1-2 days Expenses Online form  
                 
  7 King's Bench Walk Varies (c. 8-12 per season) Year round (not August or holidays) 1 December, 1 March, 1 July 2 days Travel + expenses up to £100 CV + cover letter  
                 
  Landmark Chambers 60 October/November, February/March & May/June Varies 3-5 days Travel, lunch + accommodation (discretionary) CV + cover letter

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  Littleton Chambers 12-14 assessed
(pupillage applicants)
Not known via Gateway 3 days Not known Pupillage Gateway  
                 
  Maitland Chambers 70-80 Oct-Nov, Dec-Feb, May-Jul 31 March, 31 August, 15 November 1 day Travel (max £50) Online form  
                 
  Matrix Chambers Run through 'Bridging the Bar' TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC

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  Monckton Chambers 50 unassessed Summer & winter Summer: 1 May 2019
Winter: TBD
3 days Unpaid CV + cover letter

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  4 New Square 40 assessed June, July, November & December 16 October 2020, 30 October 2020, 2021 dates TBC 2 days Travel (max £50) Online form

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  XXIV Old Buildings 60 unassessed Spring, summer & autumn Autumn: 15 June 2019
Spring: 15 October 2019

Summer: 15 March 2020
3 days Travel (max £100) CV + cover letter  
                 
  Outer Temple Chambers 16 unassessed June & December 18 April 2019 1 week Not known Application form

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  4 Pump Court Not defined Year round Rolling 2 days Travel Online form  
                 
  Pump Court Tax Chambers Unassessed Spring, winter & summer Summer: 3 May 2019
Winter: TBD
Spring: TBD


3 days £50 per day CV + cover letter  
                 
  Quadrant Chambers Unknown March, July, September & December 31 Oct 2020, 31 Jan 2021, 30 April 2021, 30 June 2021 2 days Yes Online form

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  Queen Elizabeth
Building
See website Throughout legal year See website Up to 1 week All travel costs Online form  
                 
  Radcliffe Chambers 8 Winter and spring Winter: 24 August 2019
Spring: TBD
2 days Travel (discretionary) CV + cover letter
(by post)
 
                 
  St John's Chambers 12 assessed & unassessed Year round Summer: 31 March 2019
Autumn: 30 June 2019
Winter: 30 September 2019
Spring: 31 December 2019
3-5 days Unpaid CV + cover letter

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  Serle Court c. 30 Year round rolling 1 day Travel expenses Online form  
                 
  South Square 35 April, July, September, October, November rolling 2-5 days Travel expenses Unknown  
                 
  4 Stone Buildings 50 October-July See website Not known Not known Online form  
                 
  Tanfield Chambers 46 Year round TBD 1 week Not known CV + cover letter

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  2 Temple Gardens Unknown December, March, July 23 Oct 2020, 29 Jan 2021, 4 Jun 2021 2-3 days Up to £250 Online form  
                 
  3 Verulam Buildings Varies October-March rolling 2 days Travel costs CV + cover letter

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  Wilberforce Chambers 28 November, March, April, July See website 4x3 days Expenses (max £100) Gateway  
                 
 

 *This is not comprehensive:
we are updating our list
of chambers with step-free access

as we gain more information.

             

 

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