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Mini-Pupillage

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 intention is to hold mini-pupillages in person as we believe that provides a richer experience.

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.

 

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’?

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, but the programme will usually include visiting Court with members of Chambers, attending conferences with clients, reading and discussing paperwork and participating in various talks and discussions with members of Chambers and staff.

Our mini-pupillages are not assessed, 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.

 

Other Information

Lincoln’s Inn have recently launched a scheme to assist students fund mini pupillages – The Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme.

While we offer a small contribution of £100 towards travel for all pupils, the Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme offers financial assistance to students who have secured a mini pupillage but need additional funds to complete it. The fund is intended to help with the cost of long distance travel, commuting, accommodation and purchasing appropriate professional clothing. The value of each grant is calculated based on the applicant’s anticipated expenses up to a maximum of £500. This will not affect the contribution that Chambers provide.

Applicants do not need to be members of Lincoln’s Inn, but must meet certain social mobility based criteria to be eligible for a grant. More details including all of the application criteria and application form can be found on the funding page of the Lincoln’s Inn website here. Applications are open all year round.