Mini-pupillage

“Chambers is a fantastic environment to be in daily and in which to continue learning and I think that is part of our fundamental ethos”
Susanna Rickard – Former Pupil

The mini-pupillage scheme is currently suspended due to the current situation with COVID-19. We ask that candidates do not make applications until we re-open the process in due course.

The format of a mini-pupillage at Serjeants’ Inn

Mini-pupillages are of a 3 day duration. We aim to give mini-pupils as broad an exposure to the different aspects of Chambers’ work as is possible in those days. You will be allocated a mini-pupil supervisor who will greet you and will provide an informal briefing about the forthcoming days.

We provide our mini-pupils with opportunities to attend court, sit in on conferences with clients, read papers, assist with drafting and see how Chambers operates from the perspective of a barrister. Of course each mini-pupillage is different and will depend on what work is available to observe in a particular week. We do not formally assess our mini-pupils but you may be expected to complete a piece of written work to be submitted at the end of the 3 days.

You are expected to be punctual, dress appropriately (eg to meet a client or attend court) and to preserve clients’ and members’ confidentiality at all times.

Mini-Pupillage funding

We are committed to encouraging applicants from less advantaged backgrounds to apply for mini-pupillage. In order to assist, once applicants have been selected for mini-pupillage they will be invited to apply for financial assistance and reimbursement of expenses.

We encourage applicants to apply for this only where its absence would present a significant barrier to accepting the offer. Any application will be considered in confidence and will not impact upon the offer of mini-pupillage. An application form will be supplied once an offer for mini-pupillage has been made.

All mini-pupils are entitled to assistance with travel expenses and other costs incurred in undertaking a mini-pupillage in Chambers.