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Mini Pupillage


Applications are now being accepted for mini-pupillages during the period 1 February and 31 May 2016. 

Please note: The window for applications for mini-pupillages between 1 October 2015 and 31 January 2016 is now closed. 

Mini-pupillage gives you an opportunity to spend two days in chambers. It allows us to assess your potential (by reference to our criteria) and gives you an insight into the atmosphere and work of chambers so you can decide whether you would like to develop your career at 20 Essex Street.

What does it involve?

During your mini-pupillage, you might:

  • accompany members of chambers to court or arbitration
  • attend a conference
  • look at a set of papers
  • talk to junior members, clerks and current pupils about life here as a pupil and in the early days of tenancy
  • demonstrate your ability by doing a piece of written work

Is it compulsory if you want to apply for pupillage?

Yes. Mini-pupillage is an important part of our recruitment process. Any applicant for pupillage must have completed or arranged a mini pupillage before being eligible for a pupillage interview.

Who can apply?

You must be an undergraduate or graduate who will have studied some law by the time of your mini-pupillage. You will have a very strong academic track record; you must have, or be expected to get, a first class degree or a high 2:1. Your degree need not be in law. You should be interested in applying for pupillage here and should intend to practise at the English Bar. In considering applications for mini-pupillage and pupillage we apply our Selection Criteria.

What are the application deadlines?

There are strict deadlines for applications:

For mini-pupillage between:

You must apply by 23:59 hrs on:

1 June and 30 September 31 March
1 October and 31 January 30 June
1 February and 31 May 30 November

We rarely offer mini-pupillages in August. 

We receive a very large number of applications for a limited number of places, and it may take us a few weeks after each closing date to make a decision. We will contact you as soon as we can after the closing date to let you know whether we are able to offer you a place.

If you are doing a law degree you should aim to do a mini-pupillage after the start of your second year at university. If you are converting to law you should aim to do a mini-pupillage after you have studied contract law (usually taught in the first term of the conversion course).

How do I apply?

You must apply using our online application form. It is important that you evidence your answers to demonstrate your suitability for a mini pupillage. There is no interview, but a reference may assist. References may be sent to us by post, but you must ensure that they arrive before the relevant deadline.

Please note that in view of the numbers of applications we do not offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants for mini-pupillage.


If you have any queries please email mini-pupillage [at] 20essexst [dot] com.