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Mini Pupillage

What we offer

Temple Garden Chambers offers a set number of mini-pupillages each year. These are designed to allow prospective applicants for pupillage to see the work that we do, and gain an insight into life as a barrister at Temple Garden Chambers. It is also an opportunity for us to meet you.

Mini-pupils are invited into Chambers for three days, and will spend the majority of that time shadowing one of our barristers throughout their working day.

Equality, Diversity and access to the Bar

Temple Garden Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the legal profession, and in addition is proud to work with several schemes that share its aims.

Chambers is a proud supporter of Bridging the Bar, a charity committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and diversity at the Bar of England and Wales. Bridging the Bar offers a mini-pupillage programme for candidates from non-traditional backgrounds at leading sets in England and Wales, including Temple Garden Chambers. For more information or to apply, please visit Bridging the Bar’s website here.

Work Experience

Unfortunately, Chambers does not generally offer work experience placements for school-age students due to lack of capacity to accommodate the same.

How to apply

Our mini-pupillages take place during the Easter and summer university holidays, with the exception of the month of August. Applications for mini-pupillages in 2023 must be made by 13 December 2022. The application form will be available on this page from late 2022.

As a limited number of places are available, priority will be given to those applicants who are entering their second or final year of a law degree or undertaking the GDL/BPTC.

Funding

Whilst our mini-pupillages are not funded, Chambers does not wish potential applicants to be deterred from applying for mini-pupillage for financial reasons.  As a result, Chambers operates a discretionary expenses policy to assist those who can demonstrate genuine financial hardship that would otherwise act as a barrier to undertaking mini-pupillage in Chambers.

Any individual seeking such expenses should make a request following an offer of mini-pupillage. Chambers will indicate the amount of funding it is prepared to provide prior to the commencement of mini-pupillage and payment will be made upon the completion of mini-pupillage upon provision of receipts.

Accessibility

Chambers will make all reasonable adjustments to accommodate candidates. The main building, which includes the reception, the clerks’ room and all the conference rooms, is accessible by wheel-chair users, and arrangements can be put in place for use of fully accessible toilets within Temple. In appropriate circumstances we will also consider requests for virtual mini-pupillages.

If you have any particular concerns or requirements about access of any sort, please contact Gaye Spencer-King.