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Elizabeth Jones QC, Head of Chambers

Mini-pupillage

Covid-19 update: Serle Court continues to offer mini-pupillages remotely via video link. Applicants are invited to apply as normal.

We encourage prospective pupils to undertake a mini-pupillage with us though this is not a prerequisite for pupillage.

Mini-pupillage at Serle Court is designed to be an enjoyable and useful experience. Our mini-pupils experience various aspects of life as a practising barrister, which may include court work, conferences and paperwork. Mini-pupillage is also a valuable opportunity to experience at first hand our informal and friendly atmosphere. Mini-pupillages last for one day and are not assessed.

We offer about 30 mini-pupillages each year to individuals who have completed the first year of a law degree or at least one term of the GDL or equivalent. These are available all year, but the two months leading up to our pupillage application deadline in January are particularly busy. We therefore ask that applicants who have already completed at least one year of a law degree or one term of the GDL prior to that period apply earlier if possible (although this is not a strict requirement). We will reimburse the reasonable travel costs of mini-pupils.  We will also consider covering accommodation costs for those who would need to travel more than 2 hours each way and could not otherwise afford to come to London.  Please state in your application whether you are seeking accommodation costs.

We want you to feel comfortable during your time with us.  Please wear a suit if that would be your preference, although many members of chambers do not do so unless they are meeting clients or in court.  Alternatively, smart casual clothes are also acceptable. 

Reserved mini-pupillages

3 of our mini-pupillages are reserved for applicants from groups that are underrepresented at the bar. You are eligible to apply for a reserved mini-pupillage if you went to a state secondary school and:

  • Neither of your parents went to university; or
  • Anyone in your immediate family has received state benefits at any point; or
  • You were ever eligible for free school meals; or
  • You have been in care; or
  • You have caring responsibilities; or
  • You have refugee or asylum status.

Applications for these reserved mini-pupillages must be submitted between 1 and 30 November, and you must indicate in your covering letter or email that your application is for a reserved mini-pupillage. Otherwise the application process is the same as above, and you will be considered for an unreserved mini-pupillage even if you do not secure a reserved mini-pupillage. You may apply for a reserved mini-pupillage whether or not you have ever applied for an unreserved mini-pupillage.

Recipients of reserved mini-pupillages will be guaranteed a first-round interview should they apply for pupillage in the recruitment cycle immediately following their mini-pupillage offer.

We particularly encourage applications from women, LGBTQ+, BAME, and disabled candidates.

If you would like to apply, please download our application form here or contact us for a hard copy. Applications should be posted to April Fisher, Mini-pupillage administrator or emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

If you need further assistance, do call us or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

 
Serle Court is delighted to announce that we will be hosting our second virtual Prospective Pupillage Evening on Tuesday, 9th November 2021 from 6:30 PM. Please click here for more details.
 
We will also be hosting an in-person Prospective Pupillage Evening on Thursday, 25th November 2021 from 6:30 PM. We hope to hold the evening in person, providing the rules on in-person meetings permit, but if not, the event will take place online. Please click here for more details.


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