Kings Chambers is a leading set of barristers based in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.
Our annual Mini Pupillage programme normally held in chambers in Manchester, but presently held online (see below), is an extensive introduction to a career as a barrister. The aim is to provide workshops on topics such as advocacy, talks from judges, presentations by senior and junior practitioners about their work, opportunities to meet, mix and discuss issues with members, pupils, barristers’ clerks and others involved in the management of Chambers.
The Pandemic did not stop us from hosting our annual mini-pupillage programme. In fact, we extended the event by broadcasting the sessions more widely.
Nearly 200 students, 6th formers and other aspiring barristers watched members of chambers give a series of talks about our specialist areas of practice.
Normally, those talks are delivered to our 20 or so chosen mini pupils who come to chambers each year to the mini-pupillage programme. Given that the event had to be online, we thought we could reach out to anybody who might be interested in a career at the Bar. As part our aim of promoting equality of access to the profession, we made contact with a large number of universities, schools and 6th forms to promote the event.
On the day after our virtual “Open Day”, 20 mini pupils attended an interactive programme, doing advocacy in small groups and having the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to a senior circuit judge. Those mini pupils were selected from a large number of applicants.
“We really hope to back in the business of hosting our mini pupils in chambers in 2021”, says barrister Matthew Hall, who helped organise the event. “It’s not quite the same when you don’t actually meet, but members and staff worked really hard to put the event on and it worked. The quality of application to the programme this year was so high. The Open Day not only gave a chance to those who missed getting a place, but also to anyone else who is interested in the jobs we do”.
Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that we will be able to host an in-person event this year as we had hoped. The event will take place again online adopting the same format as above. It will comprise 2 days as follows.
Day 1 – Virtual Open Day – selected mini pupils attend a webinar (with others who wish to do so) with talks from barristers, judges and clerks about life with a civil practice at the Bar and the work we do at Kings
Day 2 – Interactive Mini Pupillage Session, for selected mini pupils only, with advocacy exercise and discussion
We are currently offering 20 places on the interactive mini-pupillage part of the programme. Applications are invited from students in the second year of their law degree, or third year of a non-law degree or above. We also very much encourage applications from graduates and in particular those who have already pursued another career path.
Because of the limitation on places we ask that anyone who applies should be seriously considering practice at the Bar and making an application for pupillage to these chambers in due course.
A link to the application form is here. Applications must be submitted electronically by no later than 4.00 pm on Friday 12th March 2021. Please send them to email@example.com.
Kings Chambers is committed to promoting equality and diversity and has recently been rated in the top 10 chambers for training in a Legal Cheek survey.
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