Mini Pupillage

A mini-pupillage at 5 Essex Court is an opportunity to experience life in chambers and to gain an insight into the work we undertake at 5 Essex Court by shadowing barristers over the course of a week.

Our mini-pupillages are not assessed and nor do we require you to have completed a mini-pupillage in chambers in order to be considered for pupillage. However, it is strongly recommended that if you are thinking of applying for pupillage at 5 Essex Court you undertake a mini-pupillage so that you have an opportunity to see the sort of work which 5 Essex Court does and for us to meet you. The pupillage committee may take into account any feedback received from the barristers regarding mini-pupils when considering applications for pupillage.

Mini-pupillages of one week’s duration are available in the following periods:

Period Deadline
Hilary (1 February – 31 March) by 30 November (in preceding year)
Trinity (1 June – 31 July) by 31 March
Michaelmas (1 October – 30 November) by 31 July

We are unable to offer mini-pupillages outside these periods.

Places for mini-pupillages are limited and are offered only to candidates who demonstrate exceptional potential in their application. Due to heavy demand, we cannot accommodate applicants who have not yet started the second year of their university education.

All applications received for any one period will be considered together and notification of whether or not your application has been successful will be sent out shortly after the corresponding deadline has passed. 5 Essex Court has a firm policy against any form of discrimination and adheres to the Bar Council’s Equality and Diversity Code.

Applications should be made using the form below and should be accompanied by a current CV. Please note: You must attach your CV (in word or PDF format) to your application form before submitting it.

If you require further information, please contact Jeremy Johnson QC on 020 7410 2000.