Please note that mini-pupillages in Chambers are currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The purpose of mini-pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings is to help potential pupils see what life is like as a junior tenant and to offer a broader insight into Chambers and the commercial chancery Bar.
XXIV Old Buildings offers mini-pupillages throughout the course of the year. Each lasts three days running from Monday to Wednesday. Since mini-pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings is in particularly high demand, and in order to ensure that mini-pupils gain as much as possible from their experience, we prefer applications from those who have commenced their legal studies (that is law undergraduates, graduates and those who have commenced or completed the PgDL) or have committed to doing so.
Applicants for mini-pupillage must submit an application in accordance with Chambers’ mini-pupillage application timetable by completing our online application form. A link to the application form can be found on this page during the applications seasons set out below. Applicants will be required to upload a covering letter and CV, including a breakdown of their degree by module.
An applicant wishing to undertake mini-pupillage during the period January–April should submit an application in early-mid October (precise dates to be determined) of the preceding year. Each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 November.
An applicant wishing to undertake mini-pupillage during the period May–July and September should submit an application between early-mid February (precise dates to be determined). Each applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 March.
An applicant wishing to undertake mini-pupillage during the period October–November should submit their application between early-mid June (precise dates to be determined). An applicant will be notified of the outcome of their application by 15 July.
Competition for mini-pupillage at XXIV Old Buildings is great therefore applications not submitted in accordance with the above timetable will not receive a response and will be rejected.
In order to attract the best candidates regardless of background, we now offer up to £150 to those selected for mini-pupillage to cover the cost of travel from outside London and/or, if necessary, accommodation in London (to be paid against suitable receipts).
Our experience is that prospective pupils are more likely to wish to become pupils at XXIV Old Buildings if they have previously done mini-pupillage with us. Accordingly – although we neither require applicants for pupillage to have undertaken a mini-pupillage with us nor assess them – we do encourage potential applicants for pupillage to consider applying for mini-pupillage.