Mini-pupillages form an important part of our recruitment process.

We regard them not only as an opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience of life in Chambers but also as providing you with an opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and aptitude for a successful career at the Bar.

Seven out of our last ten pupils attended mini-pupillage with us.

During your three days with us you will have the opportunity to read and consider briefs and instructions. Where possible, we will arrange for you to attend court with a barrister and / or sit in on a conference as well as spending time in Chambers.

It is not our usual policy to offer any individual applicant a second mini-pupillage here. You should, therefore, think carefully about the timing of your application.

In exceptional cases of need, reimbursement of travel expenses may be available for applicants who attended a state school (or a private school with the help of a means tested scholarship) and meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Recipient of free school meals.
  • First in their family to attend university.
  • Have parent(s)/guardian(s) who received income support or they themselves are in receipt of income or housing benefits.
  • Spent time in care during their school years.
  • Is a refugee

Criteria for offer of mini-pupillage at Ropewalk Chambers:

  • Applicants should have an excellent academic record and should have gained, or expect to gain, at least an upper second class degree
  • Undergraduate applicants should be reading law and are generally in their second or third year
  • Postgraduate applicants whose first degree was not in law should be reading or have completed a law conversion course
  • Applicants should be committed to a career at the independent Bar of England and Wales and should be prepared to demonstrate that commitment
  • Applicants should be seriously considering an application to Ropewalk Chambers for a full pupillage in due course.

Apply Now

Complete the form below to start your application:

Part 1: Personal Details

Part 2: Education and Qualifications

Part 3: Employment History

Part 4: Interests

  • 500 of 500 words remaining

Part 5: Career Choice

  • 250 of 250 words remaining
  • 250 of 250 words remaining

Part 6: Other Information

  • 500 of 500 words remaining

Confidentiality Undertaking

We take the protection of our clients’ personal data extremely seriously. By participating in our mini-pupillage scheme you undertake to:

  • Maintain absolute confidentiality, both during and after the mini-pupillage, over all matters that you may learn in the course of your time with us.
  • Follow all physical, electronic and managerial safeguarding procedures, as directed.
  • Report any unauthorised or unlawful processing, loss, damage or destruction of personal data to your supervisor immediately.

Yes I agree to the confidentiality undertaking

Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form

Please note that this information is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be used as part of the application process. You are not obliged to answer any question on this form, but you are encouraged to do so.

  • From the list of age bands below, please indicate the category that includes your current age in years:
  • What is your gender?
  • This following question is designed to gather trans data i.e. whether your gender identity and/or gender expression differs from your birth sex. A trans person may or may not seek to undergo gender reassignment hormonal treatment/surgery.
  • Is your gender identity the same as the sex that you were assigned at birth?
  • The Equality Act 2010 generally defines a disabled person as someone who has a mental or physical impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on the person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
  • (a) Do you consider yourself to have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act?
  • (b) Are your day-to-day activities limited because of a health problem or disability which has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months?
  • What is your ethnic group?
  • Asian / Asian British
  • Black / African / Caribbean / Black British
  • Mixed/multiple ethnic groups
  • White
  • Other ethnic group
  • Prefer not to say
  • What is your religion or belief?
  • What is your sexual orientation?

Your diversity data will be treated as confidential and stored securely. It will not be published in a way that might identify any individual. The data will not be used for any purpose other than monitoring and evaluation and will not be disclosed to third parties. For more information about how we store your data during the application process please click here.

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