We see mini-pupillage as useful both for potential applicants and for chambers. Mini-pupillage provides the opportunity to obtain experience of the work we do and of the atmosphere in chambers. The visit is not assessed.
Those accepted for mini-pupillage will spend one day in chambers (usually with junior members but sometimes also with QCs) attending court and conferences, and studying sets of papers.
There are a limited number of places available for mini-pupillage each year and these are confined to the court terms. They are always heavily over-subscribed, particularly during June, July and December. We find that mini-pupils obtain the most from the experience if they have completed at least a year of an undergraduate law degree or, for those converting to law, have started the GDL course at the point when they visit chambers. Mini-pupils are generally accepted if it appears that they would be considered as potential pupils in the future and there is space to accommodate them.
Applications for mini-pupillage are considered three times a year, as follows:
- for a mini-pupillage in October or November, applications should be received between 1 April and 31 August;
- for a mini-pupillage in December or January, applications should be received between 1 September and 15 November; and
- for a mini-pupillage between May and July, applications should be received between 16 November and 31 March.
Prospective GDL students are welcome to apply when they have yet to commence the GDL, provided that they will have started the course at the time of their visit.
Applications should be made with a covering letter and curriculum vitae specifying degree classification obtained (or if you are still doing a law degree listing marks obtained in university examinations to date) and sent clearly marked 'Mini-pupillage' to the Pupillage Secretary or by email to email@example.com. We regret that late applications cannot be considered.
Maitland Chambers operates an Equality and Diversity policy, further details of which can be found by clicking here. We therefore encourage applications for mini-pupillages from people from all sections of society.
Our mini-pupillages are unfunded, however, mini-pupils will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses on production (on the day of the mini-pupillage) of proof of the expense, up to a maximum of £50.
last updated 22.04.16