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 KCs) 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 between October and January. 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.
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.
Applications must be received by 4:00pm.
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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 of proof of the expense, up to a maximum of £50.
In addition, Lincoln's Inn offer a Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme and further details can be found on their website here.
Mini Pupillage Dates
For a mini-pupillage in:
October or November
applications should be received between 1 April and 31 August;
December or January, applications should be received between 1 September and 15 November
May and July
applications should be received between 16 November and 31 March.