Chambers will be accepting applications for mini pupillage from 3 January 2022 on a first come first served basis.

Please do not apply before the 3 January 2022 as your application will not be considered.

We will be attending the Legal Cheek Pupillage Fairs on the 9th October and 4th December 2021. We will also be attending the Bar Council Fair on 16th October 2021.

7BR will be holding a ‘Virtual Pupillage Open Day’ on 16th November 2021 from 6pm. The session will be held via GoToWebinar, to register please click here

As part of 7BR’s regular podcast series ‘Part-heard’ over the coming weeks we will be releasing a mini-series focussed on Pupillage, which you can listen to 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. This is traditionally called a mini pupillage.

Our mini pupillages normally last for three days and are not formally assessed. We seek to give mini pupils opportunities to attend court and to engage in written work with our members during this time. Members and staff are always happy to answer questions about life at the Bar, and in particular life at 7BR.

As we practice in courts all over the country, we are often able to accommodate mini pupils from a variety of geographical areas, in particular London and the Midlands. We also have a travel fund available to assist those who would not otherwise be able to attend and are also happy to arrange for mini pupils to engage remotely where appropriate. We make every effort to accommodate mini pupils with mobility issues both in attending court hearings and if coming into chambers.

We are a common law set, meaning we practice in a wide range of areas. We hope to be able to offer mini pupils an experience in a range of these practice areas – not least to demonstrate the real benefits of a common law practice – but if you have a preference, we will do our best to accommodate that.

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 mini pupils 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 be no more than 2 pages and must set out:

  • your reasons for applying to 7BR, indicating any areas of chambers’ practice which are of particular interest to you;
  • where you are based geographically, and whether you have a preference to attend court in London or elsewhere;
  • any additional needs that should be accommodated during the mini pupillage e.g. mobility issues;
  • the dates when you are available to complete your mini pupillage.

The CV should also be no more than 2 pages.

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.

Mini Pupillage Open Day

On 26th November 2020 a panel of members including Head of Pupillage Adam Weitzman QC, silks and juniors came together to provide you with a 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 mini pupillage at 7BR, please contact our mini pupillage team here.

 7BR will be holding a ‘Virtual Pupillage Open Day’ on 16th November 2021 from 6pm, please register your interest by emailing rsvp@7br.co.uk 

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