A mini-pupillage is an opportunity for those who are intent upon pursuing a career at the Commercial Bar to spend some time at Fountain Court Chambers in order to meet some of our members and gain an introduction to the type of work we do.
Please note that for 2018 applications (for pupillage commencing in 2019), Fountain Court will require all applicants for pupillage to have completed a three day assessed mini-pupillage, save in exceptional circumstances.
The mini-pupillage will last for three days, during which time you will sit with two or three members, learn about life at Fountain Court Chambers, and complete a short piece of assessed written work. We are conscious that there are many demands on applicants’ time but this system has proved to be a more effective and fair way of selecting candidates than one based on the Pupillage Gateway forms and interview alone. We also know that fitting in mini-pupillages can be particularly difficult for those doing the GDL and will prioritise the Christmas slots for such candidates.
We will pay £150 towards your expenses upon completion of your mini-pupillage.
There are three deadlines for applications for mini-pupillages during the course of the year. Please apply by:
- 30 November for a mini-pupillage in the period 1 February to 30 April;
- 30 January for the period 1 May to 14 July;
- 30 August for the period 1 October to 14 December.
Your application for mini-pupillage should be made in writing using this form and sent to our Pupillage Coordinator, Sarah Alexander, at Fountain Court Chambers, Fountain Court, Temple, London EC4Y 9DH. All questions about mini-pupillage at Fountain Court Chambers should be directed by e-mail to Sarah Alexander, who is also contactable on 020 7583 3335.
We have developed procedures for selecting mini-pupils which are fair and do not discriminate against any applicant on grounds of race, sex, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, age or political persuasion. We positively encourage mini-pupillage applications from groups who are currently under-represented in Chambers such as women and those from ethnic minorities. We would be grateful if applicants would also complete and return the diversity questions at the end of the application form. This information is used for monitoring purposes only and is not considered as part of a candidate’s application.