Recruitment of pupils is undertaken through the Pupillage Gateway. The selection process will be carried out in London. Please indicate on your application form in which branch of Chambers you would like to do your pupillage.
Kelly Bond, describes the application process:
“There are two rounds of pupillage interviews. The first is a short panel interview focusing on a legal problem. The second is an assessed mini-pupillage lasting for three days. Two days are spent with different members of chambers. The other is set aside for the candidate to draft a written opinion.
Inevitably, this is an intense process. Nevertheless, I felt that it was a realistic and detailed assessment. Over the course of the two rounds, I was asked to demonstrate both written and oral reasoning, legal knowledge, research skills and practical awareness. I had been assessed by several members of chambers and had had two days to show my general attitude and approach to life as a pupil. Most importantly of all, I felt that if nothing else, I had at least been given a fair chance to prove myself.”
Pupillage Selection Criteria:
- Ability to apply abstract concepts to concrete facts
- Ability to think logically
- Ability to think creatively
- Ability to think on one’s feet
- Ability to work under pressure
- Ability to write clearly
- Ability to communicate effectively orally with wide range of people
- Ability to listen
- Ability to appear confident, receptive and open.
- To life at the bar
- To the kind of work undertaken in chambers
UPDATE: Due to ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, and the resulting reduced court activity, Chambers has temporarily suspended the mini-pupillage application process, and does not anticipate being able to offer mini-pupillages between 1 January and 31 April 2021 . We aim to reinstate the process as soon as possible.
We offer unassessed mini pupillages of up to two days to suitably qualified applicants.
Applicants should preferably be in the second year or above of their undergraduate degree. School visits/work placements are not offered.
Offers will normally only be made to those applicants who have studied some law at degree level or on the Graduate Diploma in Law. However, all applications will be assessed according to their individual merits and in exceptional circumstances, offers may be made to applicants who have not yet studied any law, but intend to do so.
Applications will only be considered if made on the Chambers’ application form, which can be downloaded below. All applications should either be sent by post to the centre to which the application is made (London, Leeds or Newcastle) addressed to “The Mini Pupillage Secretary” or by email to the following email addresses:
- London – email@example.com
- Bristol – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Leeds – email@example.com
- Newcastle – firstname.lastname@example.org
For further guidance on the application for a mini pupillage, please see the text at the end of the application form.
Chambers operates rounds for applying for mini pupillage. These are set out below:
- For mini pupillages between 1st January to 30th April – Apply by 1st November, you will receive a response by 1st December; (Subject to the Covid-19 update above)
- For mini pupillages 1st May to 31st August – Apply by 1st February, you will receive a response by 1st March; and
- For mini pupillages 1st September to 31st December – Apply by 1st June, you will receive a response by 1st July.
Applicants should bear in mind that demand for summer mini pupillages is invariably high. Owing to Chambers’ round of assessed mini-pupillages for pupillage portal candidates, mini pupillage is not offered in London in the month of July.
Please click here to download EC Mini Pupillage Form