Mini Pupillage

1 Chancery Lane offers six mini-pupillages a year, each lasting for up to a week. We try to ensure that mini-pupils spend as much time in court with members of Chambers as possible. This will usually involve an opportunity to discuss the case with Counsel beforehand. You may also have the opportunity to tackle a set of papers.

Travel expenses to and from court are reimbursed.

We accept applications from university students or graduates. Applications should be made by returning the application form below to Emma Williams. We will accept applications from 1st January until 5th February for each year’s intake. You will be advised during March if you have secured a place. Chambers will then work with successful applicants to find a mutually convenient date for each applicant to attend.

Applications will be marked according to how well they demonstrate:

  • Interest in 1 Chancery Lane and its practice areas;
  • Interest in a career at the Bar; and
  • Persuasiveness and clarity of written communication.

We also work with various outreach schemes, including Inner Temple’s Pegasus Access and Support Scheme and Middle Temple’s Access to the Bar Awards to offer mini-pupillages.

We are committed to equality and to improving the diversity of our Chambers. We therefore encourage applications from people from groups which are underrepresented in Chambers including those with diverse ethnic and non-traditional backgrounds.

N.B. Please note that while we hope to run the 2021 mini-pupillage programme as above, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic may make this impossible. We will update this website if we need to make any changes and contact those who have applied. As we were unable to offer any mini-pupillages in 2020, we hosted a Virtual Open Day on 29th July for aspiring barristers to hear from some members of 1 Chancery Lane and ask them any questions they had. If you missed the Open Day, you can view it here on our YouTube channel.

How to apply

Download and complete our Mini Pupillage Application Form.
Download and complete our Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form (this form is optional).

Return your completed forms by email to with Mini Pupillage Application in the Subject line.

Please note that Chambers does not accept CVs in lieu of a completed application form, and please do not send a CV or a covering letter in addition to the application form as they will not be considered.

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