COVID-19 Update

As a result of COVID restrictions, we have suspended mini-pupillages while the courts are working at their current reduced capacity. We will aim to reinstate the scheme as soon as is practicable. 

Because of lost sessions in the first half of 2020 we aim to include an additional session from 14 – 16 October 2020. Regrettably, this may have to be cancelled nearer the time if the current court restrictions are maintained.

Candidates are welcome to apply for this session in the normal way. Any applicants for the cancelled April and July sessions will automatically be considered for the October session unless they advise otherwise. We will aim to inform successful candidates in the week 7-11 September 2020.

12KBW welcomes applications for the 12 mini-pupillages we offer a year. Four candidates at a time are offered a three-day mini-pupillage for one of the three sessions held throughout the year during university holidays (see below for 2020 dates).

During those three days you can expect to attend court with one of our barristers, meet our tenants and current pupils over lunch and ask any questions that you may have about a career at the Bar.

Please note the following:

  • Only those who have commenced or already completed a full-time higher or further education course are eligible to apply.
  • Students undertaking a law or a non-law degree are encouraged to apply.
  • We consider that those in either their final year of a law degree, or on the law conversion course would benefit most from a mini-pupillage.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot offer any work experience scheme or mini-pupillages for children currently at secondary school.
  • Mini-pupillages at 12KBW are not formally assessed.
  • Our criteria for selecting mini-pupils is the same as for selecting pupils, namely academic achievements, non-academic achievements and evidence of motivation and initiative. 12KBW is committed to equal opportunities.
  • The deadline for submitting an application is three months before the start of the mini-pupillage session applied for. Please be aware that your application will be deemed to have been made for the next available mini-pupillage session, and for that session only, unless you clearly state a later session.

How to apply

Applications should only be made by way of the online application form.

Please note that applications made by alternative methods will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and those applicants should set out in their applications why their application has not been made using the standard application form.

Demand for mini-pupillages at 12KBW is high and we regret that we are unable to acknowledge individual applications as they arrive. We will therefore only respond to successful candidates. Successful candidates should expect notification approximately six weeks before the start of the relevant mini-pupillage session.

2020 mini-pupillage session dates

Wednesday 14th – Friday 16th October (Proposed additional session dependent on COVID restrictions)
Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th December 2020

2021 mini-pupillage session dates

Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th April 2021
Wednesday 7th – Friday 9th July 2021
Wednesday 1st – Friday 3rd December 2021

In addition, 12KBW is a proud participant in the Bar Council’s Bar Placement Scheme in conjunction with the Social Mobility Foundation. The scheme allows participating students to spend a week experiencing life at the Bar. For more information click the button below: