Deans Court Chambers

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About MiniPupillage at Deans Court:

Deans Court Chambers traditionally offers a limited number of2-day and 3-day placements to exceptional University students consideringstudying for the Bar. Our purpose is to allow candidates to consider whetherthey are suited to this unique and challenging career. Mini-pupillages at DeansCourt Chambers are not assessed, nor is a mini-pupillage at Deans CourtChambers 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) andPersonal Injury team (normally based in Manchester).

We regret that we are unable to take applicants under the age of19 in any event.

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.

What we arelooking for:

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

In response to the demand for mini-pupillage experience, we haveintroduced an annual one-day Mini-Pupillage event which takes place at ourManchester Chambers. Further details of this event will appear on this page atthe 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;

-We require a photographic ID when an application is made and the same is to be brought by successful applicants on their first day of the mini pupillage. This is necessary for identification purposes. All data contained within applications is itself 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.

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