Undertaking a mini-pupillage is the best way to find out about the day-to-day life of a barrister in private practice.  It is hoped that a mini-pupil at Selborne Chambers will have the opportunity to experience both Court and Chambers-based work, with a number of members.

Applicants for a mini-pupillages should be, at least, in the final year of their law degree or, alternatively, about to undertake or in the process of undertaking their law conversion. Owing to the considerable number of applications we receive, the following deadlines will apply:

  • 30th June for mini-pupillages between 1st September and 31st December
  • 31st January for mini-pupillages between 1st April and 31st July

Applications for mini-pupillage should be made by completing and sending the application form in PDF or MS Word formats to the Mini-Pupillage Secretary at or, if by post, marking the envelope “Mini-Pupillage”.  Successful applicants will normally be invited to spend 2 days in Chambers and will receive notification of the outcome of their application by the end of the month following the relevant application deadline.

We will reimburse mini pupils up to £100 expenses on travel from outside London and/or accommodation, against suitable receipts. We also highlight that Lincoln’s Inn operates a Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme offering up to £500 to eligible mini pupils who require additional financial assistance (details on eligibility, relevant expenses and applications are found here: Funding – Lincoln’s Inn.

We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity across all aspects of our practice.

Equality of opportunity is essential for the maintenance of high standards and the provision of a quality service to clients. It also ensures a harmonious working environment for members of Chambers, pupils and staff.

We adopt best practice equality and diversity procedures in our recruitment which involves the use of objective selection criteria in accordance with the recommendations of the Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct and legislative requirements.

Applicants with a disability are encouraged to contact Chambers in confidence if there are any reasonable adjustments that may be made in relation to their applications.

Whilst all applicants for pupillage are strongly recommended to undertake a mini-pupillage in Chambers, owing to the number of applications for mini-pupillages received, it is not possible to accommodate everyone.  Anyone who is unsuccessful in an application for mini-pupillage should not, for this reason alone, be dissuaded from making an application for pupillage.

Applicants for mini-pupillages are also invited to complete an anonymised data diversity questionnaire / data consent form, which can be found below. This does not form any part of the mini-pupillage selection process, and will be used only for the purposes of Part 2, Section D1.2, Rule C110 of the Bar Standards Board Handbook.

Social Mobility Foundation

Selborne Chambers also participates in the Social Mobility Foundation placement scheme, co-ordinated by the Bar Council, designed to support to high-achieving, less privileged 6th form students to experience life at the Bar. For further information, please visit: