Deans Court Chambers

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In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Deans Court Chambers (‘DCC’) regrets to announce that all mini-pupillages have been postponed and we will not be accepting any new applications until 1st September 2021. This will be reviewed on a monthly basis thereafter. If you have a mini-pupillage already booked in with DCC then you will shortly be contacted for the same to be rearranged. We ask that you please do not contact us about your mini-pupillage; all mini-pupils will be contacted in due course. We will endeavour to keep you updated and we wish everyone well in this difficult time.

“We do, however, understand that mini-pupillages are an important part of any student’s development. Our former Head of Mini-Pupillage, David Boyle, who has taken over 1,000 mini-pupils during his time in Chambers, has distilled that experience into 12 key lessons, which are set out in his book, The Mini-Pupillage Workbook ( Whilst not the same as physical placement, he hopes that it might provide a valid alternative.”

About Mini Pupillage at Deans Court:

Deans Court Chambers traditionally offers a limited number of 2-day and 3-day placements to exceptional University students considering studying for the Bar. Our purpose is to allow candidates to consider whether they are suited to this unique and challenging career. Mini-pupillages at Deans Court Chambers are not assessed, nor is a mini-pupillage at Deans Court Chambers a necessary condition of a full pupillage application.

Placements are generally available with our Criminal team(normally based in Preston), Family team (normally based in Manchester) and Personal Injury team (normally based in Manchester).

We regret that we are unable to take applicants under the age of 19 in any event.

What we are looking for:

Applicants are expected to show similar potential to candidates for full pupillage and priority will be given to applicants in their second year or early part of the final year of their law degree or in the early part of their CPE/GDL year. Regrettably, candidates with less than AAA at A-level or who have not achieved 2:1 results to date are unlikely to be considered save in exceptional circumstances. A declaration of confidentiality must be completed before the mini-pupillage is undertaken.

In response to the demand for mini-pupillage experience, we have introduced an annual one-day Mini-Pupillage event which takes place at our Manchester Chambers. Further details of this event will appear on this page at the relevant time.

Given the volume of applications we receive on an annual basis we ask that if you are unsuccessful you do not reapply in the next 12 months as your application will not be considered in this time.

How to apply:

FAQ's -

- Applications for mini-pupillage (whether the one-off events or normal placements) should be made electronically with a curriculum vitae in Word or PDF form only addressed to the Pupillage and Mini-Pupillage Committee at in the first instance;

- Applicants are expected to set out in their CVs: GCSE, AS and A-level (or equivalent) subjects and grades as well as their degree raw marks for each year of study in addition to degree classification;

- All applications must contain an academic referee together with contact details for the same including an email address;

- All successful applicants are required to bring photographic ID on the first day of mini-pupillage for security purposes;

- All data contained within applications is subject to Chambers’ GDPR compliance policy;

- In the unlikely event that a candidate is unable to apply electronically, a written application may be addressed to The Pupillage Administrator at Deans Court Chambers, 24 St John Street, Manchester M3 4DF;

- Please state any dates of non-availability within 6 months of your application date;

- Applicants are asked to identify their preference for Crime, Family or Civil; (although no guarantees can be made)

Whilst every effort will be made to allocate a mini-pupil time with a Barrister in the specialty or specialities requested, candidates will be aware that there are Court cases which are not suitable for the attendance of mini-pupils and, occasionally, there may not be a Barrister available to take a mini-pupil until later in the day.

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) supports ambitious young people from low-income backgrounds to access top universities and careers. They run programmes which are completely free of charge and feature mentoring, internships with top companies, application support, and professional development and skills workshops for high achieving young people across the UK. Deans Court Chambers is delighted to be working with the SMF to provide a mini-pupillage each term and ensure that the brightest and the best from all backgrounds gain a better understanding of a career at the bar.

We are also delighted to be offering places on the Bridging The Bar (BTB) Mini-Pupillage Scheme. As a partner Chambers to the scheme, we will be offering mini pupillage places to successful candidates from underrepresented backgrounds. For more information on the scheme and the work BTB do click here.

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