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Mini-Pupillage

We see mini-pupillage as useful both for potential applicants and for chambers. Mini-pupillage provides the opportunity to obtain experience of the work we do and of the atmosphere in chambers. The visit is not assessed.

Those accepted for mini-pupillage will spend one day in chambers (usually with junior members but sometimes also with QCs) attending court and conferences, and studying sets of papers.

There are a limited number of places available for mini-pupillage each year and these are confined to the court terms. They are always heavily over-subscribed, particularly between October and January. We find that mini-pupils obtain the most from the experience if they have completed at least a year of an undergraduate law degree or, for those converting to law, have started the GDL course at the point when they visit chambers.

Please continue to submit applications for a mini-pupillage in December 2021 or January 2022 (deadline 15 November 2021) using the online application form at the bottom of this page. We very much hope that physical visits will be possible (taking into consideration any Covid-19 measures in force at the time) but if not possible we will continue our programme of individual virtual visits which over 70 mini-pupils have already successfully undertaken in the last year.

Applications

Applications for mini-pupillage are considered three times a year, as follows:

  • for a mini-pupillage in October or November, applications should be received between 1 April and 31 August;
  • for a mini-pupillage in December or January, applications should be received between 1 September and 15 November; and
  • for a mini-pupillage between May and July, applications should be received between 16 November and 31 March.

The application form is browser-based and we recommend that you prepare and save a draft application in Word (or similar), before copying across to the online application form for final submission. All sections marked with an asterix are compulsory. If you have any questions or issues regarding the form, please email pupillage@maitlandchambers.com.

By submitting your application via the form below, you are agreeing to provide us with your details for the use of a mini-pupillage application and to be notified of any 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 pupillage@maitlandchambers.com. For your information, a copy of our current Privacy Statement can be found here.

Maitland Chambers operates an Equality and Diversity policy, further details of which can be found by clicking here. We therefore encourage applications for mini-pupillages from people from all sections of society.

Our mini-pupillages are unfunded, however, mini-pupils will be able to claim reasonable travel expenses on production of proof of the expense, up to a maximum of £50.

Mini Pupillage Dates

For a mini-pupillage in: 

October or November
applications should be received between 1 April and 31 August;

December or January, applications should be received between 1 September and 15 November

May and July
applications should be received between 16 November and 31 March.

Mini-Pupillage Application

What stage of your legal education are you currently at (eg GDL, second year of law degree, etc.)?

Academic Qualifications*

Please provide details of your academic qualifications to date. These should be given chronologically, starting with your A Levels or equivalent. Please provide a breakdown (paper by paper or module by module) of any degree level results you have obtained, and any significant academic prizes or awards (excluding school prizes or awards).

Please provide as much explanatory detail as possible for examinations conducted by Boards outside of the UK. It is especially useful for you to identify, so far as you are able, the equivalent UK qualification.

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
DATE FROM
DATE TO
COURSES/QUALIFICATION
RESULTS
(including paper/module breakdown for degree level qualifications and above)
PRIZES/AWARDS
(excluding school prizes/awards)

Institution 01

Institution 02

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
DATE FROM
DATE TO
COURSES/QUALIFICATION
RESULTS
(including paper/module breakdown for degree level qualifications and above)
PRIZES/AWARDS
(excluding school prizes/awards)

Institution 03

Institution 04

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
DATE FROM
DATE TO
COURSES/QUALIFICATION
RESULTS
(including paper/module breakdown for degree level qualifications and above)
PRIZES/AWARDS
(excluding school prizes/awards)

Institution 05

Institution 06

Communication Skills*

By reference to any mooting or other formal advocacy experience, or otherwise, please provide evidence to explain how you use both written and oral communication skills to communicate effectively, persuasively and with clarity. (Max 200 words)

Personal Skills*

Please give evidence to explain how you use your personal skills to work effectively and positively as a member of a team, manage stressful situations and work self-reliantly. (Max 200 words)

Interest in practice at Maitland Chambers*

Would it be your intention to practise as a barrister at Maitland Chambers? If so, please explain why you would like to do so. (Max 200 words)

Mini-Pupillages*

Stating only the name of the Chambers and the date, please list any mini-pupillages you have already done and are due to undertake. (One per line)

Any other information

Please provide us with any other information which might help us to assess your answers to the other questions in this form (e.g. any significant career history, any significant impediment which you have overcome, etc). (Max 200 words)

 

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