Pupillage and Mini-Pupillage
Chambers is an Approved Training Organisation for pupillage by the Bar Standards Board.
Whilst in general we do not recruit pupils, we are currently accepting applications for a third-six pupil with relevant experience.
We remain pleased to accept applications for a pupillage from applicants who are qualified legal practitioners in other jurisdictions and are required by the BSB to undertake a reduced period of pupillage in order to qualify in England and Wales.
We view mini-pupillage as important work experience, enabling students to see work in a successful and busy specialised set and providing an insight into whether the Bar as a career and our practice areas in particular are ones to which they could aspire.
Chambers recruits a maximum of one mini-pupil per month. Mini-pupils will spend three days with Chambers and will spend time with junior members as well as QCs where possible. Mini-pupils will be expected to travel to courts in London to accompany members of Chambers, but will, in general, not be offered travel or subsistence expenses.
We will ask mini-pupils to sign a confidentiality undertaking upon arrival.
Applying for mini-pupillage
All applications will be assessed on merit and are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. We will not directly or indirectly discriminate against applicants on grounds of their sex, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, religion or political persuasion.
Given the limited number of mini-pupillages available, we will expect applicants to be undergraduates who have completed at least their second year of a degree (not necessarily in law), CPE/GDL students by the time the mini-pupillage is to begin, or employees of graduate level actively considering a career at the Bar.
At 33 Chancery Lane, we actively seek to promote access to the profession and equal opportunities for those typically underrepresented at the Bar. We therefore encourage and welcome applications from women, people of
minority ethnic origin, people with disabilities and those who are LGBT, as well as candidates from other groups which are underrepresented in the legal sector. We will make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to demonstrate their suitability for the job.
Additionally, we reserve two mini-pupillages each year for individuals who meet the following criteria:
1. Be from a family where neither of your parents went to university.
2. Be eligible, or have been eligible in the past, for free school meals, or come from a family on income support.
3. Be a member of an ethnic minority or a group traditionally under-represented in the legal profession e.g. those with disabilities.
If you believe you meet the above criteria, and wish to be considered for one of these priority placements, please refer to this in your covering letter.
Mini-pupils who qualify for a place under this scheme may be offered travel and/or subsistence expenses at the discretion of Chambers.
All successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate:
• A high level of academic ability
• An interest in the law, legal systems, the Bar and our practice areas in particular
• Aptitude for a potential career at the Bar.
We do not assess mini-pupils for future recruitment.
Please send your CV and a covering letter to: The Clerks, The Chambers of Andrew Mitchell QC, 33 Chancery Lane, London WC1A 3EN, DX 33 LDE or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact us if you would like us to send you a hard copy of this policy, or if you require a copy in large print.