At Falcon Chambers, we encourage students who are interested in a career at the chancery bar to spend a few days with us in order to meet us face to face and gain some first-hand experience of the work which we do.
Mini Pupillage Programme
Our mini-pupillages are not assessed, and there is no requirement that you come to Chambers on a mini-pupillage before you apply for a pupillage. We do, however, encourage interested students to visit us for a few days to experience life at Falcon Chambers. We find that those who do so invariably apply to us for pupillage.
The aim of our mini-pupillage programme is to enable you to learn as much as possible about both Falcon Chambers and life at the Bar generally. The programme lasts for three days (usually Tuesday to Thursday), during which time we try to ensure that you will spend some time in court, sit in on a conference with clients and also sample some paperwork.
In our experience, mini-pupils find it more congenial to attend chambers in small groups, and we therefore try to arrange a number of session each year for 4 or 5 candidates each.
On arrival, you will be given an introductory talk and assigned to your mini-pupilmaster who will ensure that you see a variety of work. Each afternoon, there will be a talk from one or more members of chambers and clerks on different aspects of life at the bar and in chambers (e.g. applying for pupillage, life at the bar and the running of chambers). We aim to give you the opportunity to meet as many members of chambers as possible during the course of your visit, and there will usually be an informal gathering with some of our barristers and clerks on the last day.
We give preference to candidates who have completed their first year of university. We invite applications from both law and non-law students, although non-law students may find that they get more out of the mini-pupillage scheme after they have begun the GDL course.
When Are the Mini-Pupillage Sessions Held?
We hold 3 mini-pupillage programmes each year. The current dates for 2016 are:
Winter 6th - 8th December 2016
Closing Date for Applications 30th September 2016. Notification of places 31st October 2016
The dates for 2017 are:-
Spring 14th - 16th March
Closing Date for Applications 31st December 2016. Notification of places by 31st January 2017
Summer 27th June - 29th June
Closing Date for Applications 31st March 2017. Notification of places 30th April 2017
Winter 5th - 7th December 2017
Closing Date for Applications 30th September 2017. Notification of places 31st October 2017
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for a mini-pupillage in Falcon Chambers, download the application form here and return it to us with your details completed. You can either print the form out and send it to us by post or e-mail once completed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants for mini-pupillage must complete an application form rather than submitting a CV.
We will acknowledge receipt of your application, and let you know thereafter whether your application has been successful or not as per the notification dates published above.
We will reimburse you £50 towards your travelling expenses to attend Chambers for mini-pupillage. Should you be put to any extra expense while you are with us (for example to attend court), then we will make sure that you are not out of pocket.
Comments From Mini-Pupils
"A very enjoyable and rewarding week amongst brilliant people. Cheers!"
"Chambers is extremely accommodating and I found all members to be both friendly and helpful. It was exactly what I hoped it would be."
"I had anticipated a well organised, informative and welcoming pupillage and I was not disappointed."