Why apply?

If you are thinking about becoming a barrister, it makes sense to get as much exposure as you can to the areas of law that interest you. Our unassessed mini-pupillages offer the opportunity to shadow a member of chambers for two days and gain a real insight into life as a commercial and/or chancery barrister.

What we look for

We think candidates with some legal knowledge get more out of our mini-pupillages, so applicants who are currently studying law at university, undertaking the GDL or have completed their legal studies are preferred. We are unable to offer mini-pupillages to applicants who are still at school, but we do work with school-age students on other initiatives, for example our Student Barrister Experience Programme.

We assess applications according to the following criteria:

  • Academic ability
  • Responsibility
  • Communication skills
  • Interest in becoming a commercial and/or chancery barrister
  • Commitment to gaining advocacy experience through public speaking.

As with pupillage, we encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds. You can read about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here.

How to apply

Applications should be made by application form and sent by email to mini-pupillage@radcliffechambers.com.

In light of the current pandemic, and to ensure the safety of our mini-pupils, we have temporarily suspended our mini-pupillage process. We will keep this decision under review in accordance with the latest government guidance and will update this page in due course.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available, on a discretionary basis, for those who would otherwise be unable to travel to and stay in London. Please see our mini-pupillage policy for full details.