We believe that a mini-pupillage is a 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 c50 unassessed mini-pupillages each year to high calibre applicants, likely to be strong candidates for pupillage in Chambers. Please note, we only accept applications for mini pupillages from candidates who are in the final year of a law degree, or are undertaking the GDL.
Usually, mini-pupillages will be 1-day in person placements between November and January or July and September. You will be allocated a supervisor who will contact you 1-week in advance of your placement to set you a piece of work, which you will then submit before attending Chambers and discuss with your supervisor upon arrival. Once in Chambers, your supervisor will arrange a varied and stimulating introduction to life in Chambers. Mini-pupils will be introduced to other members of Chambers whom you may observe either at court hearings, in arbitrations or in conference with clients. These members will be available to answer any questions you may have.
If required, we can offer virtual mini-pupillages, which will be undertaken 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 careers by a KC. The day will run from 10.00-16.00.
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.