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Mini Pupillage

Mini-pupillages are short unfunded periods of work experience with Chambers lasting up to one week. They provide an opportunity for mini-pupils to meet members of Chambers, to be introduced to the type of work we do and to life in Chambers. Mini-pupils will typically spend their time attending court with members of Chambers, reading papers, carrying out research and drafting.

Prospective pupils are encouraged to undertake a mini-pupillage at Francis Taylor Building. Although we consider mini-pupillage to be a useful opportunity to meet prospective pupils, it is not a pre-requisite for their selection and our mini-pupillages are not assessed.

Francis Taylor Building offers a total of approximately 40 mini-pupillages per year, split into three periods coinciding with the court terms: January to March, April to July and October to December. Mini-pupillages are not offered on Bank Holidays or during the Christmas, Easter or summer vacations.

Chambers’ mini-pupillages are designed to be most useful to those who are (or who will be shortly eligible) to apply for pupillage.

We therefore require that:

  • Law students must be in at least their second year of a qualifying law degree by the time they undertake a mini-pupillage with us. More information on qualifying law degrees is available here.
  • Non-law students must have at least started the GDL by the time they undertake a mini-pupillage with us.

If you are unsure whether you are eligible or would like to request an exemption from the above requirements please contact us at the email address below before applying.

FTB Virtual Mini-pupillage – Applications now open!

FTB is pleased to announce that we will be offering interested students an opportunity to attend and participate in a virtual mini-pupillage on 9 April 2021.

During the course of the day, participants will hear from members and staff about pupillage and tenancy in FTB, including the application and interview process and insights from all levels of seniority about practice in FTB’s areas of specialism. There will also be opportunities to take part in interactive advocacy exercises, discuss leading cases Chambers has been involved in and ask any burning questions about FTB, pupillage and the Bar in general.

Those who are at least in their second year of a qualifying law degree or who have commenced the GDL are eligible to apply: prospective applicants should send their CV and a cover letter by email to by 4pm on 26 February 2021. We will endeavour to let participants know if they have secured a place by 12 March 2021.

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