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Spending a week undertaking a mini-pupillage at QEB is a very good way to answer three important questions:
• Do I want to be a barrister?
• Do I want to specialise in family law?
• Would I want a pupillage at QEB?

Mini-pupils spend much of their time at QEB (up to one week) accompanying members of chambers to court. The area of family law you are most likely to be exposed to as a mini-pupil is financial remedies (formerly called 'ancillary relief') work; however, members undertake a wide range of family work.

Travel to and from court will be paid for by chambers. In addition, in order to attract the best candidates regardless of background, we now have the discretion to offer up to £100 to those selected for mini-pupillage to assist in covering the cost of travel from outside London and/or, if necessary, accommodation in London (to be paid against suitable receipts).

Applications for mini-pupillages should be made using the mini-pupillage application form, which can be found here.

Once you have completed the form, please save it to your computer and send it to the QEB mini-pupillage e-mail address at:

Prior to the recent introduction of the mini-pupillage application form applications were made by CV and covering letter. Those applicants who have already completed an application using this method need not apply again and will not be prejudiced if they have done so. However, we kindly ask that all new applicants use the application form.

If you have any questions regarding the completion or content of the mini-pupillage application form, or about mini-pupillage in general, please e-mail The mini-pupillage secretary will endeavour to respond to your query as soon as possible.

Chambers does not accept applications for mini-pupillage from applicants who are under 18 years of age.

Chambers adopts a time-table for the allocation of placements. Applications for mini pupillages will be considered four times a year only. The time-table is set out in the table below:

Period Closing date for application
Oct - Dec 31st August
Jan - March 30th October
April - May 31st January
Jun - Sept 31st March

Applications will not be considered prior to the closing date and any applications received after the relevant closing date will not be considered for that period.

If you would like to download the mini-pupillage pack please click here.

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