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 for our 2022 mini pupillage scheme are now closed. We will be accepting applications for our 2023 mini pupillage scheme between 1st January and 31st January 2023 and the application forms will be available to download from this page from 1st December 2022.

Successful candidates will be invited to find a mutually convenient date for their mini-pupillage to take place.

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

We hosted a Virtual Open Day on 20th October 2021 for aspiring barristers to hear from various members of 1 Chancery Lane and to ask them any questions they may have. If you missed it you can view it here and read the Q&As from the event.

Here’s what some of our mini pupils had to say about their experience at 1CL

“I had a fantastic week doing a mini-pupillage at 1 Chancery Lane. It was really clear that everyone was going above and beyond to give me an interesting and genuine experience. It was particularly exciting to have the opportunity to attend a number of in-person and virtual hearings. In addition, as a career changer, I found it invaluable to be able to have open discussions with the barristers that I shadowed in order to gain an informed picture of what the job entails.” – Jeanne

“The mini-pupillage programme at 1 Chancery Lane proved to be a fantastic learning experience. Alongside shadowing multiple cases in a variety of different practice areas, I really appreciated how the barristers took the time to walk me through each individual case and explain the law in question. The positive culture of the set really came across during the week, especially through the efficient structure of the programme and time dedicated by both the barristers and the clerks. I would highly recommend that anyone interested in a career at the Bar apply to 1 Chancery Lane.” – Olivia

“A fantastic mini-pupillage! Everyone at 1 Chancery Lane was extremely friendly and went out of their way to make my time as informative as possible. I got to see a nice variety of work, both in-person and remote, giving me a great insight into the life of a barrister and the type of work undertaken in chambers. The barristers talked me through each case and were happy to answer all my questions. I highly recommend applying to anyone thinking about a career at the Bar.” – Alexander

“The welcoming counsels and the approachable clerking team made sure I had the best experience possible in difficult times like the pandemic. During the mini-pupillage, I was able to meet several members of chambers, attempt to draft an opinion on a legal problem question, and attend a variety of court hearings, both virtual and in-person. This experience gave me a better idea of the type of work undertaken and the day-to-day life of a barrister at a civil common set.” – Jacqueline

“Everybody at 1 Chancery Lane was really helpful and more than happy to answer my questions about chambers, a career at the bar, and the trials I was attending. Even with the pandemic posing uncertainties, I never felt forgotten or disadvantaged. All of the barristers I shadowed were incredibly welcoming, being able to witness their advocacy first-hand was an invaluable experience. I would highly recommend a mini-pupillage at 1 Chancery Lane to any aspiring barrister.” – Hannah

“Everybody at 1 Chancery Lane, from the clerks to the barristers I shadowed, were really welcoming throughout the week and made the experience particularly enjoyable. I was able to meet multiple members of Chambers, who were all more than happy to give up their time to answer any questions I had and to provide more general advice and guidance about life at the Bar and at 1 Chancery Lane. The organisation of the mini-pupillage was incredibly efficient and meant that I was able to observe a range of hearings and trials, both in-person and remote, as well as undertake tasks involving legal problem questions. This was an invaluable experience that provided me with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of life at the Bar and the type of work undertaken at 1 Chancery Lane.” – Georgie

“My mini-pupillage at 1 Chancery Lane was fantastic. The clerks and barristers were willing to go out of their way to ensure that I had a positive experience. There was good communication throughout, and I always felt taken care of. I also welcomed the opportunity to observe cases of varying types and complexities, which gave me a broad and realistic sense of life at Chambers. What I enjoyed most about the experience were the discussions I had with barristers before and after hearings.  They gave me invaluable insight into real life advocacy – something which cannot be gained at school.” – Eugene

To get a bit more of a feel for life at 1CL and to find out a bit more about us you can hear some of our juniors discussing their experiences of pupillage and tenancy here in this video.

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