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Mini-pupillages at Forum Chambers

At Forum Chambers we are keen to give students the opportunity to see first-hand how barristers work so that they can make informed decisions on whether or not to pursue a career at the Bar. We therefore offer mini-pupillages, which are intended for those who are studying at university level and are considering a career at the Bar. 

Applications for mini-pupillages

Forum Chambers operates an Equality and Diversity Policy in accordance with the requirements of the Bar Standards Board. We welcome applications from aspiring barristers from any background and all applications are treated strictly on merit.

Anyone undertaking a law or non-law degree at university is welcome to apply, but we find that the candidates most likely to benefit from a mini-pupillage are those who have completed their first year of an undergraduate degree in law, or non-law graduates who have commenced the GDL.

We would generally expect candidates to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, a first class or upper second class degree, but we will take into account any extenuating circumstances.

Mini-pupillages at Forum Chambers take place during the months of April-July and September November. The application windows for the two periods are as follows:

  • For a mini-pupillage between 1 May and 31 July, the application window will be between 19 February and 31 March.
  • For a mini-pupillage between 1 September and 30 November, the application window will be between 1 June to 31 July.

Applications should be made by downloading and completing the application form below, and then emailing the completed form as a word document to mini-pupils@forumchambers.com

Please note that if your application is unsuccessful you may only reapply once 12 months has passed since the submission of your last application.

What to Expect

Our mini-pupillages are intended to give mini-pupils the chance to see a snapshot of working life at the Commercial Bar. They tend to last for two or three days and are not assessed. 

Successful applicants will spend time with a range of barristers at Forum Chambers and can expect to attend court, attend conferences and undertake legal research. All mini-pupils will also have the opportunity to work on a task such as a problem question which is designed to be indicative of the role of a junior barrister, and candidates will have the opportunity to present their work to a barrister.

We are happy to cover the reasonable travel expenses of successful candidates.