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.

We will be accepting applications for our 2022 mini pupillage scheme between 1st January and 31st January 2022. The application form will be available to download here from this page from 1st December 2021. Successful candidates will then be invited to find a mutually convenient date in 2022 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

“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.” 

“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.”

“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.”

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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