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Mentoring Scheme

In light of the excellent feedback we received from last year's participants, Maitland is delighted to announce that our mentoring scheme for aspiring commercial/chancery barristers from ethnic minority backgrounds will run for a second year.

The aim of this scheme is to inform, guide and encourage aspiring commercial/chancery barristers so that they can approach pupillage applications to sets in these practice areas with a realistic idea of what to expect and the confidence to navigate the processes.

The scheme is specifically for the benefit of high potential candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds underrepresented at the commercial/chancery Bar, and we particularly encourage applications from black candidates. It is open to those who have not yet secured a pupillage or participated in our mentoring scheme, and intend to apply for pupillage at commercial/chancery sets in 2022. We will seek to contextualise applications by taking into account candidates’ personal and socio-economic circumstances.

Each placement will consist of two focused sessions, which we currently expect will take place online at mutually convenient times in December 2021/January 2022. Through the sessions it is intended that candidates will receive:

  • insight into the skills required at the commercial/chancery Bar
  • tailored advice for improving written applications
  • guidance on how to tackle typical interview questions
  • a mock interview with constructive feedback.

In addition to the scheme, we will also be hosting a webinar which is open to all aspiring barristers (irrespective of background) where members of our pupillage committee and junior barristers will provide valuable insights into pupillage applications, including a Q&A session. This webinar will be held on Thursday 28 October 18:00 - 19:00 and for more information and how to sign up, please click here

Application form 

In order to apply for the scheme, please download and complete the application form below by 12:00 (GMT) Friday 5 November 2021. Once completed, please email to

If you have any questions or issues regarding the form, please email By submitting your application, you are agreeing to provide us with your details for the use of a mentoring scheme application and to be notified of any mentoring scheme or pupillage related events run by Maitland. Your details will not be used for any other purpose. If you do not wish for your details to be used in this way please inform For your information, a copy of our current Privacy Statement can be found here.

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