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Mini Pupillage


We are keen to extend mini-pupillage opportunities to the widest range of applicants who may be considering a career at the bar, and we are committed as a Chambers to reducing perceived barriers to a career at the bar. Mini-pupillage offers experience of working life at the bar, but is also an important opportunity to make connections and get to know different sets of Chambers. Our mini-pupillages are not assessed and are not a requirement of applications for pupillage at The 36 Group.

Please see our separate Pupillage page for information about Pupillage at The 36 Group.

In 2020 during the pandemic we launched our inaugural mini-pupillage oral advocacy competition, which was conducted entirely virtually. The four successful finalists took part in a moot judged by Mr Justice Baker (liaison judge for social mobility), Will Tyler QC and Kate Tompkins. All were offered a mini-pupillage during 2021. 

The winner of the competition was Afiya Ameusu

Second place went to Emily Millard

Our two other successful finalists were Henrietta Blohm and Phylida Spackman

Our congratulations to all of them.


Following the success of the 2020 oral advocacy competition we are pleased to be able to expand the scheme in 2021 to offer 20 mini pupillage places during 2022 for successful applicants. We have also widened the competition to include a written advocacy competition. The competition will be launched to coincide with the Bar Council Pupillage Fair on 16 October 2021, and further details will be available from the competition page on our website - Click Here

In 2020 we had 287 applicants from 57 different educational institutions across England and Wales, and we are delighted to have reached so many parts of the country. This year we hope that our reach will extend even further.

As part of our drive to encourage a broad range of applicants and reduce barriers to gaining mini-pupillage experience, the applications will be judged on the merit of the oral advocacy submission or written advocacy submission alone. Judges will have no other background information about the candidate. 

There are eligibility criteria for entering the competition, which will be published on our competition page. The competition is only open to applicants who

·      are in the final year of a Law degree or have graduated in Law, or

·      are currently undertaking or have undertaken a GDL or equivalent, or

·      are currently undertaking or have undertaken the BPTC or equivalent, and

·      Applicants must be in a position to take up a mini-pupillage if offered in London and must not have already secured pupillage.

Applications are welcome from all highly talented candidates regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexuality, health, disability, neurodiversity or family / other circumstances.

Only candidates who have been successful in our oral advocacy competition or written advocacy competition will be offered a 36 Group mini-pupillage, save for where we partner with specific organisations whose objectives are also to improve access to the bar.

We have committed to offering work experience to 4 applicants in 2022 through the 10,000 Black Interns initiative.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming, sociable and supportive team of barristers and staff members and want all of our mini-pupils to feel welcome in Chambers, and to have the opportunity to discuss life at the bar freely with those who supervise them during the week. We will work with any successful applicants for mini-pupillage requiring additional support to ensure they can fully access the opportunities that mini-pupillage offers.  

When attending mini-pupillage, on each day of the course, mini–pupils are offered the opportunity to attend court hearings, arbitration appointments and client conferences, or to work on legal research in Chambers. It is expected that mini–pupils will attend for the whole week and will spend time with a number of different counsel.

Mini-pupils are expected to enter into a confidentiality agreement.