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Mini pupillage and work experience

Mini pupillage

Garden Court Chambers organises two mini-pupillage courses each year. The first is held in February and the second in September/October. On each occasion we take 8 – 10 mini-pupils.

On each day of the course, mini-pupils are offered the opportunity to attend court or other hearings, to work on legal research in Chambers and attend conferences. Early evening de-briefing sessions are organised and followed up with a variety of workshops and lectures. It is expected that mini-pupils will attend the whole week.

Our next mini pupillage week will be held in September 2018, during the week starting Monday 17 September 2018, for which the application window is now open. Please click here to be taken to the application form.

The deadline for all applications is Friday 13 July 2018, by 4pm. The application form will be disabled and no longer work after this time.

We aim to let ONLY successful applicants know of the outcome of their application by Wednesday 25 July 2018.

Please note that we cannot let unsuccessful applicants know of the outcome of their application quite simply because of the large number of applications we receive during each opening.

Unfortunately, Garden Court Chambers is not able to offer any placements outside of these dates and only applications made using the online form on our website will be considered. All applications will be sent to a member of the Pupillage Committee for review. They will select the successful candidates and provide a list of reserves.

Our mini pupillage weeks are intended purely for work experience and are only available to persons over 18 years of age. The criteria used for assessing mini pupillage applications are different from those applied to pupillage. We do not require potential pupils to have completed a mini pupillage with Garden Court Chambers.

If you have any queries regarding mini pupillage, please e-mail

We aim to offer mini-pupillages to those who share our commitment to human rights, social justice and equality and to those who would benefit the most from the experience.

Garden Court Chambers has not yet allocated dates for any other future Mini Pupillage Weeks.

Work experience

Work experience placements are open to students in full-time education under the age of 17. All work experience placements are one week long, and will involve shadowing various barristers to court and assisting them.

Please note that work experience placements for 2018 are now open. To apply please send your CV and cover letter to the email address below. The deadline to submit your CV and covering letter is 30 November 2017.

If you submitted an application for work experience in 2018, unfortunately we will be in contact with you only if your application was successful. We aim to allocate all placements for next year by the end of 2017.

Please note that Chambers does not offer work experience placements in the months of February, August and September.

Months currently still open for work experience in 2018: all places have been allocated.

If you have any queries regarding work experience, please e-mail