Mini Pupillage

Outer Temple Chambers offers mini-pupillage programmes each year. We usually take up to eight candidates at a time, twice a year (December and June), for a week of court visits, seminars and case research to provide an insight into life at the Bar.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, our mini-pupillages are currently virtual. Until further notice, the mini-pupillage will consist of a series of webinars by our barristers and the opportunity to have a one to one or small group discussion with one of our barristers.

No decision has yet been taken in respect of our winter 2021 mini-pupillage event and whether this will take place virtually or in person.  We will update this page once a decision has been made.

Application window for winter 2021: 1st September 2021 – 15th October 2021.

Mini-pupillage start date: During the week of 29th November 2021 – exact timetable to be confirmed.


The application window for our November/December mini-pupillage week has now closed.


Selection Criteria

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

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.

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Outer Temple Chambers participates in various pupillage fairs throughout the year. Please contact your university’s careers service to find out if we are attending your fair or you can meet us at the Bar Council Pupillage Fair and the Legal Cheek Pupillage Fair.

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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 aim to interview all disabled applicants who meet the criteria for the vacancy.

The Disability Confident scheme is operated by the Department of Work and Pensions of the UK government.

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“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.”

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