After the difficult decision last year to defer mini-pupillages scheduled during 2020 and the beginning of 2021, Chambers are pleased to announce we are working towards September 2021 as the date to restart mini pupillages.

Those who were due to undertake mini-pupillage during 2020 or the first few months of 2021 will be contacted over the next few weeks to ask for their availability from September 2021 onwards in order to get their mini-pupillages rearranged. Please note – although we are hoping mini pupillages arranged from September onwards will go ahead, the health and safety of all mini pupils, members of Chambers and staff is 7BRs priority so all bookings may be subject to change.

Unfortunately, due to a backlog in existing mini pupillages, we are unable to open our application window on 1 May 2021 as we usually would. Once we have cleared the backlog we look forward to receiving further applications and offering mini pupillages to more of you.

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.

On 26th November 2020 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 covered 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 mini pupillage team here.

 

What is involved?

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.

Qualifications

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.

How To Apply

Applications should be made by email to minipupils@7br.co.uk, with covering letter and curriculum vitae.

Applications made by any other method will not be considered.

The covering letter should set out:

  • the reasons for applying to 7BR, indicating any areas of chambers’ practice which are of particular interest;
  • whether London or Midlands based work experience is preferred;
  • the dates when you are available to complete your mini pupillage.

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.

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