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.
In light of the changes to the Pupillage Gateway timetable, those applying in 2017 for a full pupillage at 3VB with a 2018 or 2019 start-date will not be required to have completed a mini-pupillage prior to submitting an application. However all candidates shortlisted for interview who have not already done so will be invited for a mini-pupillage prior to their first round pupillage interview.
We do occasionally offer one-day mini-pupillages at an earlier stage to exceptionally strong law or non-law students.
Mini-pupillages usually last for two days, and are essentially a short period of simulated pupillage (i.e. sitting with a barrister and drafting a short piece of work on a current case).
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 and, wherever it is possible for the candidate and chambers, we will endeavour to make offers with this in mind.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 electronic 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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