Mini-pupillage

In the light of the Coronavirus epidemic and following Bar Council and Government guidance, we have suspended our mini pupillage programme until further notice.  We will update this page when the programme restarts.

Normally we offer up to twelve unassessed mini-pupillages a year. You will shadow a number of barristers and we will try and ensure you are paired with someone practising in an area of law you have expressed an interest in. You will typically have the opportunity to attend court with our members and to consider sets of papers.

  • What we're looking for

    To be eligible to apply for mini-pupillage at Gatehouse Chambers you must:

    • Be in the second year of your law degree at least or on the GDL or conversion course; and
    • Be able to travel to London to spend time with us.
  • How to apply
    • In the light of the Coronavirus epidemic and following Bar Council and Government guidance, we have suspended our mini pupillage programme until further notice.  We will update this page when the programme restarts.

      Normally we offer up to twelve mini-pupillages per year split into three per quarter:

      • 1 January – 31 March
      • 1 April – 30 June
      • 1 July – 30 September
      • 1 October – 31 December

      The deadline to apply is one month before the start of your chosen quarter.

      Please apply using our application form and email the same to our Mini-Pupillage Secretary, specifying clearly which period you are applying for. We ask anybody who applies for a position at Gatehouse Chambers to complete the Hardwicke Equality and Diversity survey. Please note that we do not accept CVs or covering letters.

      If you have any particular preference about a specific area of law, please indicate this in your covering email and we will try to accommodate this as much as is practicable.

      We receive an extremely high number of applications for mini-pupillage and our places are limited. Please do not be deterred from applying for pupillage if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a mini-pupillage with us.

  • Pegasus Access Scheme

    We are proud to be part of the Pegasus Access Scheme, a social mobility initiative launched by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in association with over 50 chambers (including Gatehouse Chambers). The scheme gives candidates from underrepresented backgrounds the opportunity to take part in a range of mini-pupillages at the partner chambers. For more information visit the Pegasus Access Scheme website.

  • Bridging the Bar

    Our chambers is a Founding Sponsorship Partner of Bridging the Bar (“BTB”), an organisation which is committed to increasing the equality of access to opportunities in the legal profession across all underrepresented groups. BTB helps students who, owing to their disability, ethnic background, socio-economic background, education or sexuality, belong to groups which are statistically underrepresented in the profession. We are committed to encouraging diversity at the Bar and the BTB aligns with our core values.

    We currently offer up to 3 mini pupillages through the BTB scheme to candidates from under represented backgrounds.  Successful candidates will undertake a 3 day mini pupillage (either in person or virtually).  During the mini pupillage candidates will be given at least one piece of work upon which they will receive feedback.  Diaries permitting, we will also try to provide candidates with opportunities to attend court with a barrister.  Hardwicke will cover reasonable travel and accommodation expenses.

    Applications should be made directly through BTB.  Please click here to make an application.