Whilst undertaking a mini-pupillage at 1KBW is absolutely not a prerequisite for your application for pupillage, we do encourage potential applicants to experience life at the Bar through a mini-pupillage (either at 1KBW or elsewhere).
Why apply for mini-pupillage?
Undertaking a mini-pupillage enables you to get to know a particular area of law, or a particular chambers, so that your application is focussed and the choices you have made about your career at the Bar are sound.
The Application process
Mini-pupillage at 1KBW is always heavily subscribed and places are limited. We are only able to offer mini-pupillages to university graduates or undergraduates.
We consider applications three times a year (in April, September and December), made using the online application form that is accessed using the link below. There is no interview; mini-pupils are chosen on the strength of their paper applications.
We assess the paper applications using the following criteria:
- Academic achievement
- Extra-curricular activities and work experience
- A proven interest in family law
- The overall impact created
Applications for mini pupillage are also weighted in favour of candidates who are closer to making an application for pupillage. It is rare that we are able to accommodate candidates who are at an academic stage earlier than final year of a law degree or studying for the GDL.
We cannot accept any applications from candidates who have not yet commenced their degree course.
The closing dates for each selection period are:
- In December we will select mini pupils for January – March
- Forms received by 30/11 at the latest
- In April we will select mini pupils for April – July
- Forms received by 26/03 at the latest
- In September we will select mini pupils for October – December
- Forms received by 31/08 at the latest
What will happen during the week?
A mini-pupillage at 1KBW lasts one week (Monday to Friday). You will see a broad range of the work that we do in chambers, which will certainly include a wide range of family law and possibly some criminal law.
Our mini-pupillages are not formally assessed. In other words, there is no test or exam, and you will not be given any work to do. You need not have any prior legal knowledge of any kind. You will merely observe, learn and hopefully enjoy yourself. We expect our mini-pupils to be dynamic and enthusiastic. You must be dressed smartly in business attire, and arrive promptly at all times.
Over the course of the week you will attend court with different members of chambers, of varying levels of seniority. We aim to ensure that you are able to see interesting cases, normally in London but sometimes in courts that are outside London (we will reimburse any travel in this event). You will also be able to sit in on conferences with clients, look at case papers and enjoy a real opportunity to see how a large, leading barristers’ chambers like 1KBW works in practice.
We encourage our mini-pupils to talk to our barristers about life at the Bar and about what they have observed during their day; we hope that you finish the week feeling confident and excited about your career at the Bar.
Equal Opportunities Policy
1 King’s Bench Walk operates an Equal Opportunities policy. For more information please contact Jo Pickersgill, Chambers’ Acting Chief Executive. 1 King’s Bench Walk has a firm commitment to equality and diversity.