Mini-Pupillage & Insight Day

Our mini-pupillage application window for 2022 is now closed.

Mini-pupillages with Chambers last for one working week and are unpaid. Successful applicants will gain a useful insight into life at at the Criminal Bar and at 25 Bedford Row, with an opportunity to shadow some of our Barristers.

Application Process

The application window for mini-pupillage applications will open at 10am on Monday 21 February 2022 and will close at 4pm on Friday 11 March 2022. You must be 18 or over to apply.

Please note that any applications received outside of the application window will not be considered.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter (which includes your dates of availability) to

Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS)

25 Bedford Row is a member of the Pegasus Access and Support Scheme (PASS) as established by the Inner Temple.

The aim of PASS is to improve access to the Bar profession and to support high-achieving students from under-represented backgrounds by securing a mini-pupillage in Chambers, and so providing the experiences they need to be able to thrive at the Bar. The associated travel and accommodation costs for PASS are covered by the Inner Temple so that the participants can fully enjoy the mini-pupillage experience and the development programme.

Please click here for further information including how to apply to become a participant of PASS.

Bar Placement Scheme 

25 Bedford Row are a proud participant in the Bar Council’s Bar Placement Scheme.

The Bar Placement Scheme gives students the opportunity to figure out if a career at the Bar would be suitable for them. During the Scheme students spend two days shadowing their barrister in Chambers and in court, or taking part in a virtual placement. Participants also receive advocacy training from the Inns of Court College of Advocacy.

The Scheme is an excellent opportunity to build up your skills and CV. For further information, including details of how to apply, please click here.

10,000 Black Interns

We are proud to be a partner of 10,000 Black Interns, which seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years. Each internship offered presents the opportunity to change a life. Each interview offered provides invaluable experience and each training session can genuinely change an individual’s trajectory. For further information, please click here.

Insight Day

As we were unable to offer mini-pupillages in 2021 due to the Pandemic, we instead held an Insight Day on Thursday 24th June 2021 via Zoom.

The Insight Day provided an opportunity to listen to some of our Barristers speak about life at the Criminal Bar, what a typical day is like and tips on the pupillage application process. Participants were able to ask our Barristers questions about these topics. 

The date of our next Insight Day will be confirmed in due course.

Feedback from our recent Insight Day:

“I really enjoyed the event and found it extremely useful to developing my understanding of a career as a barrister … It was nice to see they spoke with such enthusiasm about life at 25 Bedford Row and were really passionate about their jobs.”

“I particularly enjoyed hearing from those who had begun pupillage recently and were able to offer genuine advice around applications and the persistence, which is so important at the beginning of a legal career.”

“… the fact that members of the panel were very friendly and offered their life experiences as examples, really emphasised the respect and desire to care, as well as the high standards of your work and the values that you uphold, which is very inspiring and motivational.”


All applicants' details will be kept securely and only disclosed to the panel of Members of Chambers who review the applications received. 

Should an applicant be successful in their application for a mini-pupillage they will be asked to sign a confidentiality undertaking. As part of this undertaking, the applicant will be asked for their consent for us to disclose their details to those necessary in order for the mini-pupillage to take place (i.e. the Member(s) of Chambers who the applicant will shadow, the Court the applicant will be attending etc.). 

In accordance with our data retention policy, all applications will be securely destroyed at the end of year in which their application was made.

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