Pump Court Chambers


Mini-pupillages at Pump Court Chambers are designed to give you exposure to the day-to-day routine of our chambers, and an opportunity to meet our members, so you can decide whether a career at the bar is right for you.

As a mini-pupil, you will be allocated one week within the dates set out below. You will be allocated a mini-pupillage supervisor for the week, who will arrange for you to shadow one or more of our barristers in court and/or in conference, as well as being invited to read through briefs and instructions.

You will be required to travel to and from courts within a reasonable distance of your preferred location (either London or Winchester).

Please note that mini-pupillages are not funded and you will be required to meet your own travel expenses and other incidental costs.

At Pump Court we pride ourselves on our professionalism and client care. As a mini pupil, you 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, you will be required sign a confidentiality agreement prior to the commencement of your mini pupillage.

Mini pupils will not be assessed and no formal feedback will be given.

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

An information sheet about mini-pupillage at Pump Court can be found here.

Application Process

The window for applying to Pump Court for a mini-pupillage in Summer 2024 closed on 6th March 2024. Any applications received after this date will not be accepted.

The usual timetable for applying to Pump Court for a Summer mini-pupillage is during March. The application window will remain open until we have filled our mini-pupillage places or the end of March, whichever is earlier.

In order to apply, you will need to complete and return the application form to the mini-pupillage co-ordinator, Samara Brackley, at s.brackley@pumpcourtchambers.com. We will confirm receipt of your application within 48 hours and notify you of the outcome of your application in April.

The application form can be found here.

The mini-pupillages usually take place between the beginning of June and late September. Candidates may inform us of dates to avoid during this period. We will do our best to accommodate the same.

Pump Court offers mini-pupillages on a first come, first served basis. You must be over 18 years old to apply.

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

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