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Chambers Student Guide, 2019

Mini-pupils will sit with members of Chambers and will experience a broad range of work. Mini-pupillages are of two or three days’ duration (at the mini-pupil’s option) and are not assessed.

Applications for mini-pupillages are considered three times a year:

  • those wishing to come on a mini-pupillage between 12 November 2018 and 18 January 2019 (excluding the period 17 December 2018 to 4 January 2019), should apply by 12 October 2018 (GDL students are particularly encouraged to apply in this round);
  • those wishing to come on a mini-pupillage between 4 March and 31 May 2019 (excluding the period 15-28 April 2019), should apply by 1 February 2019; and
  • those wishing to come on a mini-pupillage between 3 June and 27 September 2019 (excluding the period 29 July to 6 September 2019), should apply by 3 May 2019.

Mini-pupillages are funded and all mini-pupils receive an allowance of £150. In addition, where a mini-pupil’s reasonable costs of attending a mini-pupillage exceed that amount, a further needs-based allowance is available. We ask that successful applicants who wish to apply for the further allowance inform us as soon as possible after accepting an offer of mini-pupillage.

Applications should be made to the Mini-Pupillage Secretary by either post or email to pupils@pumptax.com by means of a full CV, which should include university examination results to date, and covering letter. The covering letter should, as well as explaining why the applicant is interested in undertaking a mini-pupillage in Chambers, indicate preferred length of mini-pupillage and dates. In the case of two-day mini-pupillages it should usually be possible, if this makes it easier to fit around work or study commitments, for the mini-pupillage to take place on non-consecutive days.

Experience suggests that mini-pupils get most out of their time in Chambers if they are in their second or later year of a law degree or have started the GDL. We therefore give priority to such applicants when mini-pupillage rounds are over-subscribed.

All enquiries relating to pupillages and mini-pupillages should, where possible, be made by email to pupils@pumptax.com.

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