Cloisters offers up to ten mini-pupillages per year. Mini-pupillages last three days. All applicants must have completed at least their first year at university in any subject. 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 2017 & 2018
Applications for mini-pupillages in 2017 & 2018 are now open. All applications must be made using the Cloisters application form here. Please do not send additional documentation as this will not be considered.
The deadline for mini-pupillage applications in 2017/2018 is 30th September 2017. Any applications received after that date will not be considered.
We will write to all applicants by the middle of November 2017 to inform them whether or not their application has been successful.
Mini-pupillages will be held in November 2017, early December 2017, January 2018 and February 2018. Applicants applying for pupillage via the 2018 Pupillage Gateway (which closes on 7 February 2018) will have priority to select the earlier dates to undertake their mini-pupillage so that they can incorporate this experince 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 2017/2018, 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 is 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, 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 2018 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.