Mini-pupillage at 3 Hare Court: what to expect

3 Hare Court runs a comprehensive and structured mini-pupillage programme from Chambersoffices in London, taking up to 18 mini-pupils per year in three set weeks in November, March, and July. Our Head of Mini-Pupillage is Ben Channer, who works closely with our Chambers Manager, Guy Mitchell, and our Equality & Diversity Committee, in ensuring that the programme is accessible and productive. In addition to our mini-pupillage programme, Chambers runs a virtual open eveningfor those who want to learn more about pupillage at Chambers. You can learn more about our open day here.

2023 mini-pupillages will be offered in the following periods where we anticipate accommodating six mini-pupils:

  • 7 – 8 March 2023.
  • 4 – 5 July 2023.
  • 7 – 8 November 2023.

Mini-pupillages are two days long and during that time we aim to show you a range of work and give you the opportunity to gain an insight into what life is like in Chambers (especially from a junior tenants perspective). At the beginning of the mini-pupillage, you will have an informal introductory meeting alongside your fellow mini-pupils with the Head of Mini-Pupillage and members of our clerking team.  Mini-pupils will also be given a short, written exercise to complete at some stage during their mini-pupillage. Although this is not a formal assessment, your mini-pupil supervisor will discuss your work with you and offer feedback. The aim is for this to be a learning experience for applicants.

During your mini-pupillage, it is likely that you will read or hear about confidential and sensitive information. Chambers is committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of all of our clients; it is of central importance to us that our clients can trust us with their information.  As such, please be advised that before your mini-pupillage commences you will be asked to complete a confidentiality agreement, and you will generally be required to maintain the strict confidentiality of all confidential and/or sensitive information you acquire knowledge of during your mini-pupillage, both throughout and following completion of the mini-pupillage.

Eligible applicants

Please note that Chambers will only consider applications for mini-pupillage from eligible candidates, who have done at least one of the following:

  • Completed their first year of a law degree.
  • Accepted a place to study on, or are currently studying for, or have done the CPE/Diploma in Law.
  • Other qualified legal professionals (eg. solicitors, attorneys, advocates, litigation executives).

Chambers strives to achieve diversity among its members, pupils, mini-pupils and staff. Recognising those that are typically underrepresented at the Bar, we encourage and welcome applications from women, individuals with Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and those who are LGBTQ+, as well as those from other groups that tend to be underrepresented in the legal profession.

Applicants will always be assessed using objective and fair criteria, and without discrimination.

When to apply

  • To apply for a place in March 2023, please ensure you only submit an application after 1 December 2022 and before 4pm on 31 January 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 February 2023.
  • To apply for a place in July 2023, please ensure that you only submit an application after 1 April and before 4pm on 31 May 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by 7 June 2023.
  • To apply for a place in November 2023, please ensure that you only submit an application after 1 August and before 4pm on 30 September 2023. Successful applicants will be notified by 9 October 2023.

How to apply

To make an application, please send the following documents to our Chambers Manager, Guy Mitchell using our dedicated mini-pupillage email address:

  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – A Surevymonkey form link will be emailed to applicants a few days after the closing date for completion. Click here to preview our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. Please note that diversity data are held confidentially, anonymously, separate from applications, and are not seen or taken into account in any way by those involved in the mini-pupillage selection process, or our wider recruitment processes.

Funding

3 Hare Court is a partner of:

  • The Inner Temple Pegasus Access Scheme, which supports wider access to working at the Bar through funded mini-pupillages (applicants need not be a prospective or current member of the Inner Temple), details of which can be found here.
  • The Mini-Pupillage Grant Scheme run by Lincoln’s Inn, which offers financial support to prospective and current members of Lincoln’s Inn, details of which can be found here.

For applicants who are unable to access funding through their Inn, Chambers will fund pupilsexpenses (travel and, if necessary, accommodation) up to £100 for each mini-pupil. We ask that you provide receipts to our Chambers Manager, Guy Mitchell, either during or after your mini-pupillage and we will arrange reimbursement. If you anticipate that your expenses will exceed £100, please contact us in advance. Mini-pupils are not expected to pay for their own lunches (or coffees/hot beverages!).

Unsuccessful applicants

Given we only offer 18 mini-pupillage spaces per year, there will be some applicants who are not successful. Please do not be discouraged; you can re-apply, and it is not necessary to undertake a mini-pupillage at Chambers before submitting an application for pupillage here (though, of course, we warmly welcome prospective pupillage applicants to apply also for a mini-pupillage in order to gain a better understanding of Chambers).

Privacy policy

3 Hare Court respects your privacy and seeks to protect your personal data. 3 Hare Courts general Privacy Policy can be found here.

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE AND PROMOTING DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

3 Hare Court is committed to the promotion of equality and wellbeing at the Bar. We believe that it is important to ensure students and professionals from diverse backgrounds have access to work experience opportunities. By visiting our Equality & Diversity page here, you can read more about the various initiatives and charities with which Chambers engages in order to promote the furtherance of equality and diversity at the Bar, as well as access to the legal profession. In summary, Chambers partners with the following initiatives in pursuance of its commitment to improving diversity at the Bar and facilitating legal work experience for persons from under-represented backgrounds:

For Help or Advice…


Please contact us either by telephone: +44 (0)20 7415 7800 or email: clerks@3harecourt.com

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