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Mini-Pupillage: a virtual programme

Wilberforce Chambers is committed to giving those interested in the Bar an idea of how Chambers operate, and what life as a practising chancery barrister might be like. We run a series of mini-pupillages each year in four ‘sessions’.

Our current intention is to hold mini-pupillages in person as we believe that provides a richer experience. We are, however, keeping this under review (in view of the pandemic) and will update the website if any sessions are to be held remotely rather than in person. We were an early adopter of remote mini-pupillages and so are confident mini-pupils will gain insight into the Bar and Chambers, even if sessions are not held in person.

A mini-pupil visits Chambers and spends three days participating in various talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff, and visiting Court or otherwise shadowing members of Chambers as they go about their work. The talks include sessions with the Head of Pupillage, our current pupils and other juniors, as well as members of Chambers who work in a range of Chambers’ practice areas.

Should a session be held remotely, a mini-pupil can expect the same talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff, and to shadow members of Chambers, across two days.

 

Session 1

Maximum number of places: 7

Deadline for applications: 8 November 2021

Notification of places: 16 November 2021

Dates: 23 – 25 November 2021

 

Session 2

Maximum number of places: 7

Deadline for applications: 11 November 2021

Notification of places: 19 November 2021

Dates: 30 November – 2 December 2021

 

Session 3

Maximum number of places: 7

Deadline for applications: 14 March 2022

Notification of places: 22 March 2022

Dates: 29 – 31 March 2022

 

Session 4

Maximum number of places: 7

Deadline for applications: 20 June 2022

Notification of places: 28 June 2022

Dates: 5-7 July 2022

 

How to apply

Download Mini-Pupillage Application Form

Download Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Please complete both forms and send it with a brief covering email (not a separate letter) marked for the attention of The Pupillage Secretary to pupillage@wilberforce.co.uk.

If you need further assistance, please call and ask for the Pupillage Secretary in confidence on 020 7306 0102 or email us at pupillage@wilberforce.co.uk.

 

Who will I get to ‘meet’?

The programme is being run remotely, but we have nevertheless incorporated ways for mini pupils to meet members of Chambers.  Each mini-pupil will be assigned to a member of Chambers who will act as mini-pupil supervisor.  There will be opportunities to discuss with that person, and with other members of Chambers, practice at the Bar generally and in Chambers in particular.

 

What will I see and do?

The content of each mini-pupillage will vary, particularly at the moment, but the virtual programme will include reading and discussing paperwork and participating in various talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff.  Where possible, mini-pupils will remotely attend conferences with clients and remote hearings with members of Chambers.

Our mini-pupillages are not usually assessed, and this programme is no different, but you may be asked to consider a problem question or some papers with a mini-pupil supervisor.

 

Equality and diversity

We are committed to the promotion of equality and diversity across all aspects of our practice. The information in the form will be used only for monitoring purposes and not for the purpose of assessing the merits of your application.

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 and staff.

In particular, we seek to follow best practice equality and diversity procedures in all aspects of recruitment.  With mini-pupillage recruitment this involves the use of application forms and the use of objective selection criteria in accordance with the recommendations of the Bar Standards Board’s Equality and Diversity Rules of the Code of Conduct.

Applicants with a disability should contact the Pupillage Secretary in confidence if there are any reasonable adjustments that may be made in relation to their applications.