Mini pupillage


The aim of our mini-pupillages is to help individulas decide whether a career at the Bar is right for them, by exposing them to day to day routine of chambers as well providing an opportunity to meet our members.

Mini-pupils will spend three to five days shadowing a barrister throughout their working day in court and/or in conference, as well as being invited to read through briefs and instructions.


Application Process

Applications should be submitted by post for the attention of the pupillage administrator Samuel Burrett, or by email to

Applicants should attach an up-to-date copy of their CV together with a covering letter setting out their reasons for wishing to undertake a mini-pupillage at Pump Court. Priority will be given to candidates at undergraduate level and above. Mini pupillages are only available to over 18’s, chambers will also endeavour to accommodate under 18’s seeking work experience via their schools or on a case by case basis.  

On receipt of an application each candidate will receive confirmation that their application is being considered in and they will be informed of the outcome in due course.  If successful a pupil supervisor will be allocated and will make contact to arrange the timing of the mini pupillage. 



You will be required to travel to and from courts within a reasonable distance. Please note that mini-pupillages are not funded and mini-pupils will be required to meet their travel expenses.

Pump Court prides itself on it’s professionalism and client care, all mini puplis will be expected to demonstrate the same degree of professionalism and discretion as our barristers and staff. Due to the sensitive nature of our work, all successful applicants must sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the commencement of their pupillage.

Mini pupils will not be assessed and no formal feedback will be given. There is no set number of mini pupillages offered within the year and the number is dependent on the availability of supervisors. 

The process of selection for mini-pupillage is entirely separate from the pupillage process.


Chambers operates within the Equality and Diversity Code in relation to recruitment of both mini-pupils and pupils consistently with the Bar Council Fair recruitment guidance.