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We offer two mini-pupillage courses each year. We take up to nine candidates at a time for a week of court visits, seminars and case research to provide an insight into life at the Bar. Courses in 2019 will be held in the weeks commencing Monday 3rd June and Monday 2nd December.


“I very much enjoyed the various talks and exercises that had been arranged as well as meeting various barristers and staff who were all charming and helpful, particularly with regards to the invaluable advice they imparted.”

“The advocacy exercise was really helpful as it gave us a chance to test our skills and work out how we need to improve in order to succeed at the Bar; The ethics seminar was really useful as it will help me prepare for interviews and it gave me a really good alternative view of life at the Bar beyond law and cases and into how barristers really do face ethical issues and change peoples’ lives.”

“Thank you for organising such a thoroughly varied, interesting and exhausting mini-pupillage week!”

“I would like to add that I would thoroughly recommend your mini-pupillage programme to many if not all aspiring barristers as I think the experience I had at Outer Temple Chambers will be hard to beat in terms of the range of skills I have been exposed to and the friendly & co-operative ethos of Chambers.”

“Although this was only my second mini, I was aware of how different the Outer Temple mini-pupillage was from the norm and how much thought and work had gone into organising the week. In addition to the usual bundle reading and court visits, it was great to be offered so many seminars.”

“I specifically selected OTC for a range of factors, your focus on equality amongst these.”

“…of all the chambers…contacted to ask if they were wheelchair accessible, OTC were one of the very few to even contact him back. Not only that but you went out of your way to really welcome and encourage him, as you did with all of us, by providing really practical assistance. Although OTC is at the top of its game in so many areas, this particular aspect really helped form the lasting impression I have of OTC.”

Selection Criteria

Candidates must have completed at least one year of university education. In selecting candidates for mini-pupillage we will take account the following.

  • Academic achievement
  • Skills relevant to a career at the Bar
  • Evidence of motivation to become a barrister and/or to practise in a particular area of work

Outer Temple Chambers has an equal opportunities and diversity policy and is committed to supporting social mobility.

Where appropriate, we will offer mini-pupillage to candidates who might not otherwise be given the opportunity to undertake a mini-pupillage in a chambers doing similar kinds of work.

In circumstances where we cannot use our criteria to differentiate between candidates and there are still unfilled places on a course, we will select applications at random to fill the remaining places.

The criteria for mini-pupillage are not the same as for pupillage and none of our mini-pupillages are assessed or will count towards any pupillage application.


Our mini-pupillages last for one week, during which you will have the chance to meet staff and barristers, attend court and conferences, get involved in discussions about casework, hear from pupils about starting out on a career at the Bar and find out about different areas of legal work.

Instead of visiting court you will have the option of undertaking some research on casework or working with a barrister on a particular case or project.

Days will normally start at around 9:30am at court or in Chambers. You will come back to Outer Temple at the end of the afternoon to attend seminars by practitioners. You should expect to be in chambers until 7:30pm most evenings.


To apply for the mini-pupillage week in June 2019, please download the relevant documents and return them by 5pm on Thursday 18th April 2019.

Application Form – This can be completed and returned by email or printed out and completed in black ink.

Equality & Diversity Statement – This is for your information. We expect all successful mini-pupils to support our equality and diversity policy and we invite all candidates to complete the monitoring form, which is attached to their application form. This helps us to monitor our recruitment process and check that our courses are representative.

Not Able To Attend Mini-pupillage Yet?

If you have not yet completed your first year of university education and you want to see barristers in action, the best way is probably to watch some trials. Most trials, whether criminal (go to a Crown Court or the Old Bailey) or civil (go to a County Court or the Royal Courts of Justice) are open to the public.

The Lawyer Portal

The Lawyer Portal (TLP) is an ‘all in one’ website for anyone considering a career in law, whatever their stage or background. Whether your interest lies in qualifying as a barrister, chartered legal executive, solicitor or paralegal, you may find it of interest to visit the Lawyer Portal.

Disability Confident Employer

Chambers is a Disability Confident employer. As users of the disability confident scheme, we encourage applicants with a disability to apply to us for advertised vacancies and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. The Disability Confident scheme is operated by the Department of Work and Pensions of the UK government.