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.

Applications received between 25 August 2019 and 29 November 2019 will be considered for mini-pupillage between 6 January 2020 to 29 February 2020.

Applications received between 30 November 2019 and 31st January 2020 will be considered for mini-pupillage between 1 March 2020 to 30 April 2020.

Applications received between 1 February 2020 and 29 March 2020 will be considered for mini-pupillage between 1 May 2020 to 30 June 2020.

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.