Garden Court North Chambers offers mini-pupillages over three sessions in each calendar year, with two places available in each session. Each mini-pupillage will aim to offer opportunities to attend court or other hearings, to work on legal research in Chambers, and a chance to speak about pupillage applications, work experience and the work we do. The length of the mini-pupillage is two, three or five days. We offer a shorter mini-pupillage to ensure that those with, for example, work or childcare commitments, can feasibly take part.
We do not expect applicants for pupillage to have completed a mini-pupillage with us, nor do we place any great weight on the fact that applicants have undertaken multiple mini-pupillages elsewhere. We believe that the function of mini-pupillage is to help potential applicants to the Bar to decide whether in fact they do want to pursue a career in the law, whether they want to become a barrister or a solicitor, and what area of law interests them.
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and we will give preference to those who have not undertaken a mini-pupillage or other legal work experience before and/or express a specific interest in the areas of law we undertake. We will also take into account whether the applicant comes from a lower income background, using the indicator of whether s/he received free school meals.
Applications for mini-pupillages must be made by completing the form below and may only be made within the appropriate mini-pupillage application window (applications made outside of a mini-pupillage window will not be considered). In 2019 the three application windows are:
- 17th to 31st January 2019, with the mini-pupillage taking place in the week commencing 8th April 2019;
- 10th to 24th April 2019, with the mini-pupillage taking place in the week commencing 10th June 2019; and
- 12th to 26th June 2019, with the mini pupillage taking place in the week commencing 9th September 2019.
Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail and must confirm acceptance within 7 days. Successful applicants will be required to sign a conduct and confidentiality agreement before commencement of the mini-pupillage.
Please note that owing to the number of applications received it is not possible to contact applicants who have been unsuccessful. Applications will not be carried over to the next mini-pupillage session, but there is no bar to reapplying for the next session during the appropriate application window.