Mini-pupillage

"I have loved every minute of it …I cannot emphasise enough how friendly everyone is and how willing people are to help and advise. Thank you to everyone at St John’s Chambers.”

Mini Pupil

Each month we offer one week-long mini pupillage in chambers, during which successful applicants will spend time working alongside our barristers getting a real taste of life at the bar. For details of when and how to apply, please see our guidance notes here.

BarNone

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

Application closing date: 30th November 2021

Mini pupillage during: January and February 2022

Thinking about a career at St John’s?

Join us in December for a live webinar discussing all things pupillage, from our application and interview process, to life as a pupil, and the type of life and career you can expect as a barrister at St John’s Chambers. Our panel will include members of our pupillage committee as well as former and current pupils. More details to follow soon.

Our previous webinars can be viewed below via our YouTube channel:

  • 16th October 2020 with panel members Natasha Dzameh, Daniel Soar and Jacqueline Humphreys: here
  • 18th January 2021 with panel members Rob Mills, Bethany Scarsbrook, Natasha Dzameh and Annette Bushell: here
  • 13th July 2021 with panel members Jathryn Skellorn QC, Joss Knight, Ryan Morgan, Rhodri Jones and Diana Panizzon-Pineda

Keep an eye out via twitter for all live updates @stjohnschambers

Testimonials

  • “Easily the most organised mini-pupillage I have undertaken. I was able to spend time with a number of barristers at all levels from pupils to Deputy Head of Chambers.”
  • “Unlike many minis I was asked to do actual work looking at papers and discussing opinions, which I really enjoyed.”
  • “The environment at St John’s is unique – it’s special actually – very comfortable and welcoming whilst maintaining a high standard/professional feel … I have never met barristers so approachable and down to earth.”
  • “Everybody took the time to explain cases to me, answer my questions and discuss their own paths to the bar.”
  • “It was the best mini-pupillage I’ve done …the week at St John’s showed me just how different chambers can be – the whole set-up of St John’s was much more modern than I’d come across before.”
  • “I have loved every minute of it …I cannot emphasise enough how friendly everyone is and how willing people are to help and advise. Thank you to everyone at St John’s Chambers.”
  • “A brilliant insight – everything I had hoped for and more.”
  • “The mini-pupillage was tailored to suit my needs, which was appreciated and almost unique to St John’s.”