Chambers has taken the difficult decision to defer mini-pupillages scheduled during 2020 and at least the first few months of 2021, until the public health crisis is alleviated. Our risk assessment does not permit us to have mini-pupils in chambers, and unfortunately there are legal and practical reasons why we are unable to offer virtual mini-pupillages. Those who were due to undertake mini-pupillage during 2020 or the first few months of 2021 have been contacted, and their mini-pupillages will be rearranged. For future applicants’ information, the details set out below relate to our usual mini-pupillage procedure, which we plan to reinstate when circumstances allow.
We also know that the lack of available mini-pupillage opportunities has made it hard for students to gain an insight into the Bar and chambers in advance of making pupillage applications.
To combat this problem, on 26th November a panel of members including the Head of our Pupillage Committee, Silks and Juniors came together to provide you with an snapshot of life at 7BR and what a pupillage with us looks like.
The session includes introductions into our key practice areas and overviews of ground-breaking and interesting cases in which our members were instructed. These include the recent Court of Appeal case of Swift v Carpenter, in which our Derek Sweeting QC (Chairman of the Bar Council) represented the successful claimant. We also discussed what it is like to be a pupil at 7BR, the relationship you can expect with your pupil supervisor, how we support you into tenancy, and coming to the Bar as a second career.
To view the recording of the session, click here.
The panel were asked a series of questions during the session, we have compiled the most frequently asked ones which can be found here.
Should you require any further information regarding pupillage at 7BR, please contact our pupillage team here.
If you have left school and are interested in a career as a barrister, we may be able to offer you work experience, which is a unique opportunity for you to gain an insight into the day-to-day work of a barrister. Work experience normally lasts for three days, is unfunded, and is not formally assessed.
Those undertaking work experience are normally expected to be available between 9am and 6pm each day. Efforts will be made to minimise the extent to which work experience students will be asked to travel to court. Normally, a London-based work experience student will be allocated to work in the Greater London area. However this cannot be guaranteed as our chambers work covers a wide geographical area. It may be possible to arrange work experience in the Midlands, depending on your location and the workload of members.
All candidates must be aged 18 or over, and should (a) have completed the equivalent of three A-Levels to Grade B standard, or (b) be enrolled on a degree course or (c) have graduated (in any subject).
All work experience students will be expected to sign a confidentiality agreement.
Applications should be made by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with covering letter and curriculum vitae.
Applications made by any other method will not be considered.
The covering letter should set out:
Candidates must meet the minimum age and qualifications requirements, and must send coherent covering letters and CVs during the application window. Subject to meeting those conditions, places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.