Cloisters offers up to ten mini-pupillages per year. Mini-pupillages usually last three days. All applicants must have completed at least their first year at university in any subject in order to be eligible. Successful applicants will be selected on the basis of the strength of their application forms.
Please note that completion of a mini-pupillage is not a condition of applying for pupillage at Cloisters.
Mini-Pupillages in 2018 & 2019
Applications for mini-pupillages in 2018 & 2019 are expected to open at the start of June 2018 and the deadline for applications is expected to be the end of July 2018. Precise dates will be provided in due course. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered. We expect to write to all applicants by the middle of September 2018 to inform them whether or not their application has been successful.
All applications for mini-pupillages must be made using the Cloisters application form, which candidates will find available on this website in due course. Please do not send additional documentation as this will not be considered.
Mini-pupillages will be held from October 2018 to February 2019. Applicants applying for pupillage via the 2019 Pupillage Gateway will have priority to select the earlier dates to undertake their mini-pupillage so that they can incorporate this experience into their pupillage applications if they wish to do so.
Any queries about the application process should be directed to .
Equality & Diversity scheme
At Cloisters, we are committed to making access to the Bar as a profession more accessible. In 2018/2019, five of our 10 mini-pupillages are reserved for applicants from less advantaged backgrounds, or applicants who have a disability, or applicants who have/have had caring responsibilities. More information on how to be considered for an Equality and Diversity mini-pupillage will be included on the Cloisters mini-pupillage application form.
If you choose to be considered for one of our five Equality and Diversity mini-pupillages, you will still automatically be considered for a mini-pupillage outside the Equality and Diversity scheme.
Any information you provide in relation to the Equality and Diversity mini-pupillage scheme will not be shared with members of Chambers who are not involved in the selection process (although the information is collated in anonymised form for monitoring purposes).
Our mini pupillages pay a total stipend of £120 for three days. However, we recognise that some applicants may require a higher stipend in order to undertake a mini-pupillage with us, e.g. if you are travelling a long distance to come to London. If you consider that you may require a higher stipend, there is an opportunity for you to state this on the mini-pupillage application form. Decisions about increased stipends will be made on a case by case basis.
Cloisters often receives many mini-pupillage applications, and it is not always possible to offer a mini-pupillage to every deserving candidate. In order to give promising candidates an opportunity to come to Cloisters, meet our barristers, and learn more about the work we do, Cloisters will hold an open evening in January 2019 for particularly strong mini-pupillage candidates to whom we unfortunately could not offer a mini-pupillage.
Please be aware that attendance at Open Evenings is by invitation only. In order to obtain an invitation, you must have applied for a mini-pupillage and have been regarded as a particularly strong candidate.