Chambers offers mini-pupillages to those seeking careers as Barristers. A mini-pupillage is an excellent way to gather an insight into the work of a Barrister.

We are delighted to have offered many mini-pupillages over the years to people who have gone on to have successful careers in the law. Please see below for more information.

Overview & Criteria

A mini-pupillage lasts for one week and we usually take two mini-pupils for that week.

A mini-pupillage presents an unrivalled opportunity to spend 2-5 days shadowing a barrister.

You will have the opportunity to watch barristers preparing and conducting cases in court. You may also have the opportunity to read case papers and to observe conferences (subject to it being appropriate and the relevant consent).

We expect you would normally spend time shadowing more than one member of Chambers. We will not ask you to do any written work.


All mini-pupillage placements are reserved for those who are studying law at an undergraduate or studying for a professional level legal qualification.

You must be aged 18 or over at the time of the mini-pupillage.

You will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement and terms & conditions prior to undertaking your mini-pupillage. You will also be invited to complete a diversity monitoring form. We will require you to demonstrate that you understand your duty of confidentiality and compliance with the GDPR.


Chambers offers 1 week mini-pupillages during the following legal terms:


1st of October to the 31st November.


3rd week of January to the Friday before Palm Sunday.


2nd Monday after Easter Sunday to the Friday before Whit Sunday.


We do not offer mini-pupillages during this term.

A mini-pupillage lasts for one week. We usually take two mini-pupils and offer mini-pupillages every other week.


Your application must be in writing and include: a short C.V. and a short covering letter setting out why you wish to undertake a mini-pupillage.

(Please include any dates you are available and your contact details, including an email address and a mobile telephone number)

Please address all applications to: Mini-Pupillage, 1 High Pavement Chambers, Nottingham, NG1 1HF

You will be notified by email if your application has been successful within 21 working days of the application being received.

Whilst No.1 High Pavement is extremely proud of our record of inclusivity, equality and diversity; we are not complacent. We welcome all applications, whilst actively encouraging those from backgrounds currently underrepresented at the Bar.


Lincoln's Inn offers financial support for those undertaking mini-pupillages.

The Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme offers financial assistance to students who have secured a mini pupillage but need additional funds to complete it. The fund is intended to help with the cost of long distance travel, commuting, accommodation and purchasing appropriate professional clothing. The value of each grant is calculated based on the applicant’s anticipated expenses up to a maximum of £500.

Applicants do not need to be members of Lincoln’s Inn.

For details of the support and how to apply please see: Lincoln's Inn: Mini Pupillage Grant Support Scheme