First, and most importantly, we look for ability regardless of background. Mini-pupillages are offered to applicants who we consider fulfil, or will fulfil the criteria that we apply when assessing pupillage applications. These are:
- Oral advocacy skills;
- Written advocacy skills;
- Good communication skills, orally and writing;
- Analytical ability;
- Interpersonal skills;
- Commitment to The Bar;
- Commitment to or interest in one or more of Chambers’ practice areas;
- Focus and drive;
- Ability to deal with conflict, stressful and difficult situations; and
- Ability to work independently.
We make no distinction between applicants that have studied law and those who have not yet done so. The earliest that you can make an application is when you are in the second year of your undergraduate law degree or the third year of your non-law undergraduate degree.
In the majority of cases we would expect you to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a first class or upper second class degree, although we will take into account all relevant and genuine extenuating circumstances. We encourage applications from candidates with atypical educational backgrounds (e.g. homeschooling or Open University degrees).
You can find out more about this in our mini-pupillage policy.
Download our Pupillage & Mini-Pupillage policy