Mini Pupillage Programme

Kings Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

Our annual Mini Pupillage programme normally held in chambers in Manchester, but presently held online (see below), is an extensive introduction to a career as a barrister. The aim is to provide workshops on topics such as advocacy, talks from judges, presentations by senior and junior practitioners about their work, opportunities to meet, mix and discuss issues with members, pupils, barristers’ clerks and others involved in the management of Chambers.


Mentoring Scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar: October 2021 - June 2022

In addition to our mini-pupillage programme, Kings Chambers has recently set up a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar, alongside four other sets specialising in Planning, Property and Public Law, Cornerstone Barristers, Field Court Chambers, Landmark Chambers and FTB Chambers.

The scheme is intended to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups that are not well represented at the Bar to consider becoming barristers. It will run from October 2021 to June 2022 and aims to provide advice and guidance to suitable candidates on the process of becoming a barrister specialising in planning, property and public law.

For those that wish to apply, they can download the application form from the webpage here, along with the guidelines for applicants are here.

Applications should be made to by midday on 8 October 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by 29 October 2021.


Mini-Pupillage Event & Open Day - 15th & 16th October 2020

The Pandemic did not stop us from hosting our annual mini-pupillage programme. In fact, we extended the event by broadcasting the sessions more widely.

Nearly 200 students, 6th formers and other aspiring barristers watched members of chambers give a series of talks about our specialist areas of practice.

Normally, those talks are delivered to our 20 or so chosen mini pupils who come to chambers each year to the mini-pupillage programme. Given that the event had to be online, we thought we could reach out to anybody who might be interested in a career at the Bar. As part our aim of promoting equality of access to the profession, we made contact with a large number of universities, schools and 6th forms to promote the event.

On the day after our virtual “Open Day”, 20 mini pupils attended an interactive programme, doing advocacy in small groups and having the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to a senior circuit judge. Those mini pupils were selected from a large number of applicants.

“We really hope to back in the business of hosting our mini pupils in chambers in 2021”, says barrister Matthew Hall, who helped organise the event. “It’s not quite the same when you don’t actually meet, but members and staff worked really hard to put the event on and it worked. The quality of application to the programme this year was so high. The Open Day not only gave a chance to those who missed getting a place, but also to anyone else who is interested in the jobs we do”.

Next Mini-Pupillage Event & Open Day – 24th and 25th June 2021 (NOW CLOSED)

Please note: We are now only accepting applications for the Open Day. The mini-pupillage event is now closed.

Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that we will be able to host an in-person event this year as we had hoped. The event will take place again online adopting the same format as above. It will comprise 2 days as follows.

Day 1 – Virtual Open Day – selected mini pupils attend a webinar (with others who wish to do so) with talks from barristers, judges and clerks about life with a civil practice at the Bar and the work we do at Kings

Day 2 – Interactive Mini Pupillage Session, for selected mini pupils only, with advocacy exercise and discussion

We are currently offering 20 places on the interactive mini-pupillage part of the programme. Applications are invited from students in the second year of their law degree, or third year of a non-law degree or above. We also very much encourage applications from graduates and in particular those who have already pursued another career path.

Because of the limitation on places we ask that anyone who applies should be seriously considering practice at the Bar and making an application for pupillage to these chambers in due course.

Kings Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity and has recently been rated in the top 10 chambers for training in a Legal Cheek survey. 


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