Mini-pupillage

What is a mini-pupillage?

Mini-pupillage is work experience with a barrister. It involves shadowing a barrister and observing their work. If the barrister goes to court, then so will you; if there is paperwork to do, or a conferen

It is your opportunity to find out about the profession first hand to enable you to make an informed decision about whether it is what you want to do for a career.

Aim

We offer mini-pupillages lasting one week to those who are interested in coming to the Criminal Bar and are considering applying to us for pupillage. Preferably, applicants are already enrolled on a University course or have successfully completed their undergraduate studies.

The aim of our mini-pupillages is to help people to decide whether a career at the Bar is for them by giving them exposure to the work that we do on a day-to-day basis. To that end, we aim to send you to court every day and try to ensure that you see as diverse a range of court work as possible.

Fallon Alexis is responsible for mini-pupillages at QEB Hollis Whiteman.

How to apply

Applications should be sent via email to barristers@qebhw.co.uk.

Please send a CV and covering letter explaining, in no more than 200 words, your interest in a career at the Criminal Bar. Please include the dates during which you will be available for a mini-pupillage and bear in mind that the more flexible you are the more likely you are to secure a mini-pupillage.

In the event that a mini-pupil cancels an assigned week, Chambers may not be able to provide an alternative date.

How applications are determined

Applications will be judged on merit. All the information given by each applicant in his or her CV will be considered, but particular weight will be given to academic qualifications and the applicant's reasons for his or her interest in a career at the Criminal Bar.

Numbers

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

We aim to offer as many mini-pupillages as we can, but we receive a large number of applications each year and acceptance is not guaranteed.

Please note that places are limited between September and mid-July.

Assessment

Mini-pupillages at QEB are not formally assessed; however, if you show potential during your mini-pupillage, this may assist you with your pupillage application (should you choose to submit one at a later date).

Please note: we do not require potential pupils to have completed a mini-pupillage with QEB Hollis Whiteman prior to applying for a pupillage. The process of selection for mini-pupillage is entirely separate from the pupillage process and acceptance/rejection of an application for mini-pupillage is not an indication of the likely outcome of any application for pupillage.

Please do not, therefore, be deterred from applying for pupillage if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a mini-pupillage with us.

Procedure

Upon receipt of an application each candidate will be sent a standard letter informing him or her that the application will be considered within 4 weeks and that they will be notified of the outcome within 8 weeks.

There will be no interviews.

Chambers is fully compliant with equality legislation and the BSB Code of Conduct when recruiting mini-pupils and in all areas of Chambers life. consistently with the Bar Council Guidelines.

Expenses and financial assistance

Each selected mini pupil will be expected pay for his or her travel (and, if necessary, accommodation) costs incurred in attending the mini-pupillage.

However, if an applicant does not have sufficient means to pay for their own travel costs, QEB may be able to offer financial assistance in the form of a bursary (either in respect of out of pocket travel or accommodation expenses) for up to 6 applicants per year, in order to assist them in attending a mini-pupillage in these Chambers. We offer up to a maximum of £150 per mini pupil.

Applicants qualifying for financial assistance are likely to be those who satisfy the following criteria:

A: Have attended a state school or college, be able to demonstrate high academic achievement, and have attended or be attending university.

AND

B: Meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Neither of your parents went to university
  • You have received free school meals or your family has received income support
  • You have caring responsibilities
  • You were in care yourself
  • You have a disability

We will however consider applications made in other circumstances at our discretion. 

Should a mini-pupillage applicant wish to apply for financial assistance, please indicate this at the end of your covering letter, specifying how you meet the above criteria (note: this will not form part of your 200 words).

This will be kept entirely confidential and will not affect any future application to Chambers.

Equal opportunities

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, and ethnic and national origin), sex, pregnancy and maternity, disability, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership, religion or belief, age, or gender assignment. If a successful candidate has a disability, we will endeavor to make reasonable adjustments.

QEB Hollis Whiteman is committed to assisting the Bar to become as diverse and inclusive as possible. To this end, we encourage applications from university students and post-graduates from less advantaged backgrounds and those from minority ethnic communities.

Arabella MacDonld is the appointed Equality and Diversity officer in Chambers.

Confidentiality

At the start of the week each mini-pupil is asked to sign an undertaking to maintain confidentiality in respect of all the sensitive and confidential information he or she may hear or read about during the mini-pupillage.

You should be aware that, as a Criminal Chambers, we deal with serious and violence crime and it is likely that you will be exposed to material pertaining to such offences.