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Mini Pupillage

Mini Pupillage

At Falcon Chambers, we encourage students who are interested in a career at the chancery bar to spend a few days with us in order to meet us face to face and gain some first-hand experience of the work which we do.

Chambers Mini-Pupillage Privacy Notice can be found here

Lockdown Mini Pupillage

Mini-pupillages give future barristers a taste of the Bar and an idea of how chambers operate. In Falcon Chambers, in normal times, we try to make things interesting without being demanding. A typical mini-pupillage will involve a visit to chambers, to experience the type of work done, and will usually aim to include a trip to court, participation in a conference, a chance to see how a set of papers is tackled, a talk every evening about a different aspect of chambers and life at the Bar, and a degree of social interaction with members of chambers.

The current lockdown makes much of this sort of experience impractical. On Monday 11 May we hosted our first virtual mini-pupillage session, to explain about our applications process, life at the Bar at all barrister levels, and the working of a set of chambers. Falcon Chambers is committed to ensuring that, while mini-pupillage remains impossible, prospective barristers can still access information to help them with their legal career choices.

Mini Pupillage Programme

Our mini-pupillages are not assessed, and there is no requirement that you come to Chambers on a mini-pupillage before you apply for a pupillage. We do, however, encourage interested students to visit us for a few days to experience life at Falcon Chambers. We find that those who do so invariably apply to us for pupillage.

The aim of our mini-pupillage programme is to enable you to learn as much as possible about both Falcon Chambers and life at the Bar generally. The programme lasts for three days (usually Tuesday to Thursday), during which time we try to ensure that you will spend some time in court, sit in on a conference with clients and also sample some paperwork.

In our experience, mini-pupils find it more congenial to attend chambers in small groups, and we therefore try to arrange a number of session each year for 4 or 5 candidates each.

On arrival, you will be given an introductory talk and assigned to your mini-pupilmaster who will ensure that you see a variety of work. Each afternoon, there will be a talk from one or more members of chambers and clerks on different aspects of life at the bar and in chambers (e.g. applying for pupillage, life at the bar and the running of chambers). We aim to give you the opportunity to meet as many members of chambers as possible during the course of your visit, and there will usually be an informal gathering with some of our barristers and clerks on the last day. 


We give preference to candidates who have completed their first year of university. We invite applications from both law and non-law students, although non-law students may find that they get more out of the mini-pupillage scheme after they have begun the GDL course. 

When Are the Mini-Pupillage Sessions Held?

We hold 3 mini-pupillage programmes each year. 

The current dates for 2020 are:-


8th - 10th December 2020

Closing dates for applications 30 September 2020. Notification of places 30 October 2020. As of 22 September 2020 we are still accepting applications for our Winter 2020 Programme, and will make a decision about whether and when the scheme will run nearer the time.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a mini-pupillage in Falcon Chambers, download the application form here and return it to us with your details completed. You can either print the form out and send it to us by post or e-mail once completed to minipupillage@falcon-chambers.com. All applicants for mini-pupillage must complete an application form rather than submitting a CV.

We will acknowledge receipt of your application, and let you know thereafter whether your application has been successful or not as per the notification dates published above.


We will reimburse you £50 towards your traveling expenses to attend Chambers for mini-pupillage. Should you be put to any extra expense while you are with us (for example to attend court), then we will make sure that you are not out of pocket.

Comments From Mini-Pupils

"A very enjoyable and rewarding week amongst brilliant people. Cheers!" 

"Chambers is extremely accommodating and I found all members to be both friendly and helpful. It was exactly what I hoped it would be." 

"I had anticipated a well organised, informative and welcoming pupillage and I was not disappointed."


"The work is rich and varied, and it is real: you can usually see its subject matter, whether that be an office block in the City of London, a windfarm, a canal towpath, a mansion in Belgravia, or a miner’s cottage in the Rhondda".Guy Fetherstonhaugh Q.C. Joint Head of Falcon Chambers.