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Mini Pupillage

What is a mini-pupillage?

Mini-pupillage is work experience with a barrister. It involves shadowing a barrister and observing their work. If the barrister goes to court, then so will you; if there are papers to do, or a conference to attend, then you will be involved in that too.

It is your opportunity to find out about the profession first hand to enable you to make an informed decision about whether it is what you want to do for a career. Most chambers, when looking at an application for pupillage, will expect to find that the applicant has completed at least two mini-pupillages.

Pegasus Access Scheme

We are part of the Pegasus Access Scheme, a social mobility initiative launched by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in association with over 50 chambers (including Hardwicke). The scheme gives candidates from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to take part in a range of mini-pupillages at the partner chambers. For more information visit the Pegasus Access Scheme website.

What to expect as a mini-pupil at Hardwicke

We offer mini-pupillages which will last for 3 days and what you will be doing each day will vary enormously depending on the area of law you are working in and, to some extent, on the barrister you are shadowing.

You may be required to meet a barrister at court or in chambers and you are likely to spend time with more than one barrister during your time with us, to ensure that you experience a good variety of work.

You will almost certainly go to court at some point and you may also be able to sit in on a conference or help a barrister with research or advisory work.

Our requirements

To be eligible to apply for mini-pupillage at Hardwicke you must:

  • Be in the second year of your law degree or on the GDL or conversion course; and
  • Be able to travel to London to spend time with us.

Please note that the mini pupillage is not assessed.

How to apply

We offer up to 3 mini-pupillages each quarter:

  • 1 January – 31 March
  • 1 April – 30 June
  • 1 July – 30 September
  • 1 October – 31 December

If you are interested in applying, please download a copy of our application form and email the saved and completed version to our Mini-Pupillage Secretary, specifying clearly which period you are applying for.

Please note that we do not accept CVs or covering letters.

We ask anybody who applies for a position at Hardwicke to complete our Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire.

Our applications close one month prior to the first day of the next quarter. For example if you wish to apply for mini-pupillage during 1 July to 30 September, please ensure your application is with us by 1 June.

If you have any particular preference about a specific area of law, please indicate this in your covering letter and we will try to accommodate this as much as is practicable.

We receive an extremely high number of applications for mini-pupillage and our places are limited. Please do not be deterred from applying for pupillage if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a mini-pupillage with us.