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 October for mini-pupillages between 1st January and 31st March
- 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 MSWord formats to the Mini-Pupillage Secretary at email@example.com 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.
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 downloaded here and here). 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: http://www.socialmobility.org.uk/