Mini-Pupillage

An assessed mini-pupillage is a vital part of our pupillage application process.  It offers an important opportunity for us to assess your suitability for pupillage and, ultimately, tenancy, by looking beyond your academic background to measure for ourselves the skills which we consider are important for successful practice in our chambers.

Equally, it offers you an opportunity to consider whether you wish to apply to us. During the 3 days you will meet a range of members of chambers, in both formal and informal contexts, and see some of our work. You will be able to ask us questions about practice and about chambers. We will ask you to do a piece of work which will be assessed by two members of chambers. At the end of the 3 days you will be asked questions about the work which you have produced and offered constructive feedback on it. You will be assessed on the written work and on the oral discussion.

Places for assessed mini-pupillages are limited and are offered only to candidates who demonstrate exceptional qualities in their application. The main qualities which we think are necessary for a successful barrister are:

  • an analytical mind
  • an ability to express ideas clearly and persuasively, both orally and in writing
  • the ability to think under pressure
  • a commitment to hard work
  • an organised approach to practice
  • a capacity to understand, and show understanding of, the needs and problems of those for whom and with whom they work

A first or higher upper-second class degree (in any academic field) is required. It is for a candidate to demonstrate his or her abilities. If you have studied outside England and Wales, we strongly suggest that you put your results into context.

Applications for mini-pupillage should be made on the application form available here. The deadline for assessed mini-pupillage applications is 11 November 2019. Please email your completed application to adminroom@11kbw.com

Assessed mini-pupillages will take place between January and March.

In exceptional circumstances, applicants for pupillage may ask to submit a written answer to a mini-pupillage problem instead of doing an assessed mini-pupillage in chambers.  Any such application should also be made by November.

We interview candidates for assessed mini-pupillages.  We will invite candidates to a short interview in chambers.  If you would find that particularly difficult, please let us know and we will consider alternative arrangements, such as an interview by video conference.

We select the best-performing candidates following the assessed mini-pupillages to a final round interview and make our pupillage offers on the basis of those interviews.

Normally it is better for you to do an assessed mini-pupillage in the year in which you apply to 11KBW through the Pupillage Gateway.  If you are offered an assessed mini-pupillage and your plans change, you should ask for your mini-pupillage to be deferred.

Assessed mini-pupillages are a very important part of our application process. We recognise that an assessed mini-pupillage may be expensive for applicants who are not based in London, and who may have to pay for their travel and/or accommodation. We will reimburse the travel or accommodation expenses of assessed mini-pupils who live outside the M25, up to a maximum of £150.  For further information please contact Claire Halas.

Unassessed Mini-Pupillages

We also offer a small number of unassessed mini-pupillages for those who are at an earlier stage of their legal studies and who wish to consider practising as a barrister in our areas of expertise. Places are very limited and we only offer unassessed mini-pupillages to applicants who demonstrate exceptional qualities and who we consider would particularly benefit from the experience. We place no weight on whether or not an applicant has done an unassessed mini-pupillage with us when we consider applications for pupillage and assessed mini-pupillages. Applications for unassessed mini-pupillages may be made at any time in the year on the application form available here.