Mini Pupillage Programme

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

Our annual Mini Pupillage programme held in Manchester is an extensive introduction to a career as a barrister. We provide court visits, workshops in topics such as advocacy, talks from judges, 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.

Each year we offer 25 places on the programme. Applications are invited from students in their second year of their law degree, or third year of a non-law degree or above.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from students and others who are seriously considering practice at the bar, and who would be interested in applying for pupillage to these chambers in due course.


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

The pandemic has not stopped our search for bright aspiring barristers from all walks of life and backgrounds. We couldn’t hold our annual June Mini Pupillage Programme but the show must go on, and so instead we are planning an interactive Zoom Mini-Pupillage programme to be held on the 16th October 2020.

We hope that the interactive programme will comprise the best elements of the usual annual in-person programme, and that successful candidates will have the chance to interact with members of chambers, to find out more about us and to allow us to meet them (via Zoom at least).

The event is not part of any formal assessment process, but we would like to conduct some informal advocacy exercises and discussions. Don’t worry if you have had no advocacy training, it will be designed for beginners.   We aim to hold the event for 20 – 25 people. The event is open to undergraduates and graduates, both law and non-law.

The event will follow on from the Kings Chambers “Open Day” on the 15th October 2020 which will be open to all those who wish to participate (subject to our IT limit) and will take the form of a series of webinars about the work we do in chambers. There will be talks from barristers, judges and pupils about all aspects of life at the Bar, from what it is like to be a pupil at Kings Chambers to the different areas of law in which we specialise. 

Those selected for our Zoom Mini-Pupillage programme will get the chance to view the webinars on the 15th October 2020, and then participate in the interactive sessions the following day.

If you applied for the June event, please let us know ASAP whether you wish to be considered for the October event.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Applications for this event is now closed.

Insight into life at the bar... a law students experience of mini –pupillage:

During my mini-pupillage at Kings Chambers, I attended trials at court, hearing prosecution and defence submissions, witness testimonies, and the subsequent judgments of the cases. In addition, I attended conferences with clients, and had the opportunity to examine relevant case papers and associated court bundles; giving a real insight into life at the Bar.

Rebekah Officer - University of Bristol

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