Kings Chambers is proud to have been one of the first chambers to hold a dedicated mini-pupillage event each year. This is our Mini Pupillage Programme. It is a 2-day event at which our selected mini pupils get to meet as many of our members as possible, to hear about their work in presentations and to take part in advocacy and other exercises.
Junior and senior members offer an insight into working life in their specialist areas. Senior clerks tell the mini pupils how chambers really works and each year we hear from a senior judge about the Bar as seen from the bench.
The Pandemic did not deter us in 2020 or 2021. We held the event online.
We have 25 places on 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 the number of 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.
The Programme is not part of our selection process for pupillage.
Kings Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity at the Bar. There is no Kings Chambers “type”, apart from being a barrister who is completely committed to providing a superb service to the client.
We encourage applications for our highly sought-after mini-pupillage programme to students from all backgrounds. Our aim is to ensure that any personal costs are not a barrier to applying. So that our scheme is fair and equitable to all, we offer a ‘mini-pupillage award’ of £200 to all of our successful applicants. Breakfast and lunch are provided for the duration of the event. For those who travel from afar, we may also arrange accommodation and for exceptional travel costs to be reimbursed.
Successful applicants will be provided with details upon acceptance of their place on our programme.
The closing date for applications is 6th April 2023. We receive 100+ applications each year and competition is fierce. Making the most of this long application window gives you sufficient time to make your form stand out.
In 2021, Kings Chambers and four other planning, property and public law sets (Field Court Chambers, Francis Taylor Building, Cornerstone Barristers, and Landmark Chambers), set up a mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar. Falcon Chambers has now joined the scheme, which we are pleased to say will run for a second year. It is supported by the Planning and Environment Bar Association. The scheme is intended to encourage undergraduates and postgraduates from groups that are not well represented at the Bar to consider becoming barristers. These underrepresented groups include women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.
The Bar should be open to all who have the requisite ability, and we hope that the mentoring scheme will help talented individuals who might not think the Bar is for them to understand what the Bar has to offer and how to become a barrister, and to assist in the application process.
The scheme will run from October 2022 to June 2023. Successful applicants will be offered one-to-one meetings with a mentor, a workshop on applications for pupillage and (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) one or more social events with mentors and other mentees.
First, read the guidelines.
Then download and complete the form below by midday on 7 October 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by e-mail by 28 October 2022.
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