Obtaining a mini-pupillage is to your success in securing a pupillage. Additionally, securing one would enable you to network with legal professionals whilst gaining an insight into the profession and the skills required.
If you do one thing this Christmas time, make it a mini-pupillage application.
It’s important to note that most places are booked months in advance. A number of chambers open applications around November to January every year for pupillages commencing in the Spring and Summer months, so do your research!
When completing mini-pupillage applications, it is always important to check their requirements, some may require certain advocacy skills. This basically means have you competed in any mooting competitions, public speaking or debating competitions.
Advocacy can also mean talking in front of people, so this may be demonstrated in acting classes for example, or through talking to large crowds, maybe you’ve taken a lecture or spoke in front of a class?
Chambers may ask for this as a requirement because they are looking for future pupils who have a strong background in advocacy and public speaking. This is a key skill for aspiring barristers as advocacy is one of the main roles in which a barrister presumes.
Mini-pupillage applications are competitive, so presenting your skills and qualities succinctly and appropriately is a necessity. You must first establish what skills and qualities a barrister has. A barrister must be able to communicate effectively, a barrister must also be able to work independently and have excellent legal and commercial awareness.
These can be demonstrated through extra-curriculars or previous work experience, and so indicating these skills through your lived experiences in a cover letter is vital in obtaining a mini-pupillage.
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Finally, you don’t need to be captain of the sports team or debating society to demonstrate how you are a leader or effective in communicating. All you need to do is provide examples of where perhaps you have gone above and beyond, say you have taken part in external competitions or implemented a new strategy to win.
Whatever your experiences are in, try to illustrate how they have provided you with the skills needed in a mini-pupillage.