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 application form. Please save and return your completed application form in word format to bookings@1kbw.co.uk FAO: Nichola Bentley when completed. (Please note due to the quantity of applications received only successful applicants will be contacted.)

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 mini pupillage?

A mini-pupillage at 1KBW lasts three days, but you may choose to spend one or two days with us instead.

A lot of family courts are still operating remotely by telephone and video conferencing facility. We will try to arrange for you to see court hearings and client conferences but we cannot guarantee that will be possible for all mini pupillages.

We have launched our new mini pupillage ‘experience’ which is designed to give you the opportunity to meet with different members of chambers of varying levels of seniority and with different specialisms in order to learn about life at 1KBW and the family Bar more generally. This can take place remotely by video conference or in person as permitted by the government guidance. As part of your experience you will be given your own ‘brief’ and court papers for a mock family court hearing which you will be able to discuss with members of chambers and then present your argument in our virtual court.

Our mini-pupillages are not formally assessed. In other words, there is no test or exam, and you will not be marked for any of the work you do. You will receive tips, advice and feedback which we hope you will find valuable. You need not have any prior legal knowledge of any kind or any experience of working in a legal environment. We hope that you will learn and enjoy yourself. We expect our mini-pupils to be dynamic and enthusiastic. You must be dressed smartly in business attire, and attend promptly at all times.

We encourage our mini-pupils to talk to our barristers about life at the Bar and about what they have learned during their day; we hope that you finish the experience feeling confident and excited about your career at the Bar.

Equality and Diversity

1 King’s Bench Walk operates an Equality and Diversity policy. For more information please contact Jo Pickersgill, Chambers’ Consultant Chief Executive. We have a firm commitment to Equality and Diversity.

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