Insight programme

We currently offer one mini-pupillage per month, and at least 50 per cent go to applicants from non-traditional, underrepresented state school and BAME backgrounds, with the intention of improving access to the bar. Typically, a mini-pupil’s time will include accompanying members to court, attending conferences involving clients and/or solicitors, and reading and discussing paperwork. Mini-pupils will also have opportunity to ask questions about the profession and about pupillage. For details of when and how to apply, please see the links to the guidance notes and application form at the side of the page


In support of the Western Circuit’s ‘BarNone’ initiative, St John’s Chambers will be offering at least 50% of mini-pupillages to BAME and state-school applicants with the hope of encouraging more applications from these under-represented groups and ultimately improving both the diversity and strength of the Bar.

Important dates

We accept applications throughout the year. Applications are assessed in March, June, September and December.

Successful candidates will be contacted in order to discuss availability and make arrangements for the placement.

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