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.
A typical mini-pupillage will therefore include attendance at court and/or client conferences, as well as opportunities to see the paper advisory work that we do. This will not normally include Treasury Solicitor Panel work, due to its particular sensitivities.
We do not operate a system of formal assessment of mini-pupils. Whilst a mini-pupillage with us is not a prerequisite for an application to Chambers for pupillage, we would encourage prospective pupillage applicants also to apply for a mini-pupillage.
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 is expected to request the same in advance of their mini pupillage taking place (but after the offer of a place has been made), and to produce evidence of their need, along with an explanation of the amount of funding sought and the reasons for the same.
Funding is available only for genuine expenses, such as travel costs, and not consequential losses, such as loss of earnings. Applicants are expected to minimise costs, for example by booking train tickets in advance.
Chambers will indicate the amount of funding it is prepared to release to an individual prior to the commencement of mini pupillage, but payment will only be made upon completion of the whole of the mini pupillage, and upon the production of receipts/proof of payment.
Temple Garden Chambers participates in the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS), which aims to improve access to the profession by providing high-achieving students from under-represented backgrounds with mini-pupillages and skills development training. To find out more details on PASS or to apply, please visit Inner Temple’s website here.
Unfortunately, Chambers does not generally offer work experience placements for school-age students due to lack of capacity to accommodate the same.
Our mini-pupillages take place during the Easter and summer university holidays, with the exception of the month of August. Applications must be made by 13 December of the year preceding that during which you wish to undertake a mini-pupillage.
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 CPE.
We will consider all applications after the 13 December deadline and our decision will be made in accordance with the Temple Garden Chambers’ Equality and Diversity Policy. All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome, and successful applicants will also be allocated mini-pupillage dates.
If you wish to be considered for a mini-pupillage, please complete the Mini-Pupillage Application Form and send it to Gaye Spencer King at Temple Garden Chambers.
Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity within the legal profession, and 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.
If you have any particular concerns or requirements about access of any sort, please contact please contact Gaye Spencer-King.