We believe that a mini-pupillage is a very good way to familiarise yourself with us and our work, and recognise the importance it plays in the decisions you take about the direction of your career. We therefore offer a limited number of unassessed mini-pupillages each year to high calibre applicants likely to be strong candidates for pupillage in Chambers.
We will offer mini-pupillages from September onwards. Depending on the circumstances, these will either be ordinary in person 2-day placements or 1-day virtual mini-pupillages. If virtual mini-pupillages are necessary, these will be done in groups and comprise: a morning Q and A with a junior barrister on life at the Construction Bar, a set piece of work that is then discussed in the afternoon and a talk on advocacy by a QC. The day will run from 10.00-16.00. If mini-pupillages can go ahead in Chambers, you will be allocated a mini-pupil supervisor on arrival who will look after you during your placement. They will organise as varied and stimulating an introduction to the work in Chambers as such a snapshot allows. Mini-pupils will be asked to perform tasks for their supervisors including reviewing papers and researching points. Your mini-pupil supervisor will also introduce you to other members of Chambers whom you will observe either at court hearings, in arbitrations or in conference with clients. These members will be available to answer any questions you may have.
Mini-pupillage in Keating Chambers is not a pre-requisite to an application for a pupillage. Applications for mini-pupillage are very competitive and you should not be dissuaded from applying for pupillage with us if your application for a mini-pupillage is unsuccessful.
We are involved in a number of mentoring/outreach schemes regarding mini-pupillages. Details of these can be found on our Diversity and Inclusion page.