Mini-Pupillage & Work Experience


Please note our mini-pupillage scheme for 2019 is now full. We are not accepting applications at this time but please check this page in September 2019 for details of the 2020 scheme.


At QEB Hollis Whiteman we are dedicated to developing the future of the profession and this can start as early as a 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 conference to attend, then you will be involved in that too.

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


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.

How to apply

Please check back in September 2019 for details.