Chambers' scheme on mini-pupillages seeks to give students an insight into the working life, benefits and burdens of a practising barrister. Chambers does not encourage applications for work experience weeks but instead prefers to channel its resources into packing as much as possible into the time spent in Chambers by students who have commenced their degree course.
No5 offers three-day mini pupillages based in Birmingham or London.
The essence of a mini-pupillage is the interaction and bond that arises between the student and his/her mini-pupillage supervisor. That tenant will seek to provide a point of reference, someone to chat to, to give an insight into the workings of Chambers and to be a person the student can contact after the mini pupillage is complete to pass on any observation.
During their time at Chambers, the mini-pupil with his or her mini-pupil supervisor, will attend Court, Tribunal hearings and conferences and may be asked to undertake research so as to assist in the preparation of pleadings and advices. Where this is not practicable, another tenant will be asked to supervise the relevant student temporarily but the point of reference with the mini pupil supervisor is maintained throughout the mini pupillage.
The mini-pupillage scheme offers a shop window into which students can gaze and compare the different atmospheres, camaraderie and general machinery of Chambers. We are sure that the care and time invested in mini-pupils will leave only a positive and informed impression and encourage all students interested in a career at the Bar to apply for a chance to sample this experience. In case of difficulties, please contact LisaM@no5.com