Mini Pupillage/Work Experience


The aim of our mini-pupillage programme is to help candidates decide whether a career at the independent Bar is for them. It exposes candidates to different areas of law and offers a snapshot of the working life of a barrister.


Lamb Chambers offers mini-pupillages to candidates who have completed at least 2 years of a degree course, which can be in any subject.  We particularly want to encourage applications from candidates who have not previously undertaken any mini-pupillages.

Duration and Structure

In light of the further nationwide lockdown announced on 4 January 2021 our ability to offer this year’s programme will be dependent on prevailing government recommendations about the pandemic and may therefore be liable to change.

We plan to offer 13 placements. Our programme will run between June and September (but not August).  It is not possible to offer placements outside these months.

Each placement will last for 4 days (usually commencing on a Tuesday) and every mini-pupil will be assigned a barrister-supervisor who will provide some structure to the placement and be on hand to answer questions about the work of a barrister. On each day, a mini-pupil will have the opportunity to accompany a member of chambers to a court or tribunal, or to work in chambers.

It is sometimes the case that candidates who, for example, plan to work during university holidays would prefer a shorter mini-pupillage of, say, 2-3 days. We are able to accommodate such requests.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by post or by email for the attention of Elizabeth Dwomoh by not later than 4pm on Wednesday 31 March 2021.  Any application received after this deadline will not be considered.

You should include an up-to-date CV (not more than 2 sides of A4 paper) together with a covering letter setting out your reasons for considering the Bar as a career and why you wish to undertake a mini-pupillage. It is important that you include an email address and contact telephone number for responses.

Although we cannot guarantee to accommodate preferred dates, it would assist if you would indicate whether there are any dates you wish to avoid.


There will be no interview and offers of a place will be made on the strength of your application.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by 11 May 2021.

The process of selection for mini-pupillage is entirely separate from that of pupillage and acceptance/rejection of an application for mini-pupillage is not an indication of the likely outcome of any application you might subsequently make for a pupillage.

Equality and Diversity

Lamb Chambers is wholly committed to the principles of equality and diversity. We will therefore select candidates irrespective of age, background, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

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