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What is a Mini-Pupillage?
A mini-pupillage involves from one day up to two weeks' work experience shadowing a barrister or working in chambers. It usually involves trips to court and gives you a taste of what life is like at the Bar, and how it differs from other legal professions.
These are usually unpaid, although travel and accommodation expenses may be covered.
Where can you do a Mini-Pupillage?
Most chambers will offer 'minis', so it is best to look on their website in the careers section. Chambers Student has also compiled a list of 'minis' vacancies.
How do you apply?
Applications usually involve a cover letter and a CV. A cover letter should outline (1) why you want to be a barrister, (2) why you want work experience in that chambers, (3) what activities you are involved in at university and (4) what dates you are free. (Make sure you check if there are certain deadlines for certain dates, e.g. if you have to apply by 31st December for a mini-pupillage between February and June). Often you will also need to (5) specify what area of law within the chambers you would like to complete your mini in.
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