Mini-Pupillage

URGENT NOTICE
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WE WILL BE SUSPENDING ALL
MINI - PUPILLAGES 
AS A RESULT OF COVID-19

Given the uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all mini-pupillages with immediate effect. We apologise for any inconvenience caused, however this step is for the safety of the staff, members and any visitors to Trinity's premises.

 

At Trinity Chambers we recognise that the best way of finding out about how a barristers’ chambers works and whether being a barrister is for you is by offering mini-pupillages. This is basically an opportunity for those considering a career at the Bar to meet some of the barristers at Trinity and see some of the work that they do.

Trinity Chambers offers mini-pupillages throughout the year to those considering a career at the Bar. These are predominately aimed at students on a university-based course in a legal discipline, although other applications will be considered. Mini-pupillages will usually only be offered to applicants demonstrating the highest standards of academic and extra-curricular achievements. Mini-pupillages cannot be offered to persons under the age of 18.

What can be expected from a mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers?

  • A two day mini-pupillage designed to give students a taste of life at the Bar. This may involve travelling to court with members of Chambers, observing hearings, sitting in on conferences, listening to negotiations, and reading case papers.
  • Mini-pupils may be asked to assist the barristers by taking notes or undertaking research and they will have the opportunity to have more general discussions with counsel.
  • Mini-pupils may be asked to arrange their own travel to local court centres. Chambers does not offer (re)payment for any travel expenses.
  • Mini-pupils will generally be shown as wide a variety of work as possible. If an interest is expressed in any particular practice area(s) this will be taken into account, in so far as practicable, when allocating mini-pupils to members, though the nature of the work observed cannot be guaranteed. It may be that a mini-pupil follows a variety of different barristers over the two days.
  • Trinity Chambers abides by its equality and diversity policies and this applies equally to mini-pupillage applications.

What is expected from mini pupils during their mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers?

There is no necessary preparation required prior to undertaking a mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers however, mini-pupils will be expected to:

  • arrive promptly at our Newcastle based Chambers before 9:00am on the first day of their mini-pupillage and report to Reception. The finish time of each mini-pupillage varies widely.
  • be appropriately dressed: dark suits (with ties for men) and dark shoes.

It is a condition of undertaking a mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers that:

  • All mini-pupils will be required to sign a confidentiality form prior undertaking their mini-pupillage.
  • Mini-pupils must not, under any circumstances, offer any advice to any person and must not express any opinion either in court, during conferences, or during negotiations, unless asked by counsel. Any client is entitled to refuse to have a mini-pupil present during any private hearings or during conferences. 

How to apply for mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers?

If you wish to apply for a mini-pupillage please send to  mini.pupil@trinitychambers.co.uk  your CV and a covering letter explaining which practice areas you are most interested in together with no more than two paragraphs detailing why you wish to undertake a mini-pupillage at Trinity Chambers and are best suited for the opportunity.

Unfortunately, owing to demand we cannot guarantee a mini-pupillage to all those who apply. The number of mini-pupillages we are able to offer each year is strictly limited as we have an extensive waiting list currently running at between 6 to 9 months.

Due to the volume of approaches we receive all applications must be sent electronically.

Cancellations of mini-pupillages should be made as soon as possible.  Please be aware that mini-pupillages will only be re-scheduled for good reasons. In the event that a mini-pupillage is re-scheduled, please note that alternative dates will already have been allocated and so cancellation will necessitate a lengthy wait.