Mini-pupillage

Mini-pupillages are assessed and an essential part of our recruitment procedure. We therefore strongly encourage those interested in 3VB to apply for and to complete a mini-pupillage prior to submitting an application for pupillage. Mini-pupillages provide us with an opportunity to assess your suitability for a career at the commercial bar before we invite applicants to first-round pupillage interviews. Mini-pupillages provide you with the opportunity to impress us at an early stage and to demonstrate your interest in 3VB. They also allow you to decide whether our chambers would be right for you.

Mini-pupillages last for two days. We host a cohort of mini pupils on two days of each month between October and March (the dates for October 2017 – October 2018 are set out below). Mini pupillages are essentially a short period of simulated pupillage - each mini pupil sits with a barrister and completes a task (e.g. drafting a short piece of work) on a current case. In addition, mini pupils spend half of the second day completing a short piece of assessed written work.

Academic requirements

Applicants for mini-pupillage should have, or expect to obtain, the academic qualifications required for full pupillage (as a minimum, an upper second in an honours subject, not necessarily in law).

When to apply

Candidates for mini-pupillage should apply during the second and third years of a law degree, or the first six months of the GDL or Master's degree, as applicable. In our experience, students on the GDL find it beneficial to undertake their mini-pupillage after they have completed their first term. We will prioritise successful GDL applicants for spaces in our December, January and February sessions.

The dates on which we will host mini pupils between October 2017 and March 2018 and the deadlines for submitting applications are set out in the table below.  When applying, candidates should indicate the mini pupillage session(s) they wish to be considered for. Applicants may specify multiple sessions provided their applications are received in time.

How to apply

Applications are by way of a CV (which should include a full breakdown of all university examination results to date) and covering letter and should be sent to minipupillage@3vb.com. The Bar Standards Board requires all Chambers to monitor applicants for assessed mini-pupillage by race, disability and gender. To assist us in compiling accurate data 3VB therefore asks that you complete and submit this form when applying for a mini-pupillage with us. Please note that completion of this form is entirely optional, and omission to do so will have no effect on your application. Any information you do provide will not be seen by the barrister(s) who assess your application, but will be anonymised upon receipt and dealt with in the strictest confidence by a member of Chambers' administrative staff.

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