Mini-pupillage at 3 Hare Court: what to expect

3 Hare Court runs a comprehensive mini-pupillage programme for up to 18 mini-pupils per year divided between three intakes  (March, July and November). 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.

Mini-pupillages are up to 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, speak to a number of our members of varying seniority including our current pupils and to attend court.

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

March

Week 1 Week 2
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th March (3 spaces) Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th March (3 spaces)

 

Applications for March intake will open on Wednesday 24th January and will close 4pm on Friday 9th February, candidates will be notified by Wednesday 21st February.


July

Week 1 Week 2
Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd July (3 spaces) Tuesday 9th & Wednesday 10th July (3 spaces)

 

Applications for July intake will open on Monday 8th April and will close 4pm on Friday 3rd May, candidates will be notified by Friday 17th May.


November

Week 1 Week 2
Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th November (3 spaces) Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th November (3 spaces)

 

Applications for November intake will open on Monday 12th August and will close 4pm on Friday 6th September, candidates will be notified by Friday 20th September.

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 during the opening periods when stated above:

  • CV
  • Covering Letter
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form – A Survey Monkey form link will be emailed to applicants a few days after the closing date for completion. 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 pupils’ expenses (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. 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 Court’s 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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