Garden Court North Chambers aims to offer mini-pupillages over three sessions in each calendar year. 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.
Our mini-pupillage sessions last up to two weeks. We take one or two pupils the first week, and one or two the second week. 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.
There is no limit on the number of applications that can be made, so if there is no availability for one session you can apply for the next one. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail and must confirm acceptance within 7 days. Applicants will be required to sign a conduct and confidentiality agreement before commencement of the mini-pupillage.
Applications for the current tranche of mini-pupillages may only be made by completing the form below and must be submitted by midnight on 31st March 2018. Successful applicants will be notified soon thereafter, with mini-pupillages taking place after Easter (date to be confirmed).
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 tranche, but there is no bar to reapplying for the next tranche of applications.