Cloisters offers up to ten mini-pupillages per year. Mini-pupillages last three days, although they can be shorter if required. All applicants must have completed at least their first year at university in any subject. Successful applicants are 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.
Applications for mini-pupillages are now closed.
Applications will re-open towards the spring or summer of 2019. All applications must be made using the Cloisters application form which will be made available to download from our website. Please do not send additional documentation as this will not be considered.
The deadline for mini-pupillage applications in 2019 is likely to be the end of summer 2019. Any applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
We aim to write to all applicants by mid-October 2019 to inform them whether or not their application has been successful.
Mini-pupillages in 2019 will be held in October, November and December 2019. Applicants who are successful in obtaining a mini-pupillage and who are applying for pupillage via the 2020 Pupillage Gateway will be given priority to select the dates of 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 the Bar more accessible as a profession. Five of our ten 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 possible to offer a mini-pupillage to every deserving candidate. In order to give the most promising candidates an opportunity to come to Cloisters, meet our barristers, and learn more about the work we do, Cloisters holds an open evening each year, usually in January, 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.