We are now in the process of reviewing the number of mini-pupillages being offered in 2023.  This page will be updated to reflect the conclusion of our review in due course.
18 August 2022

Drystone Chambers is proud to offer mini-pupillages and considers the experience to be a highly valuable means of educating students on the realities of life at the criminal bar.

It can also be extremely valuable to meet at an early stage in their careers, individuals who have the potential to play a significant role in the future development of the bar and indeed Drystone Chambers.

Mini-pupils will have the opportunity to meet Members of Chambers and our Pupils and to observe a range of criminal work in the Crown Court and Magistrates Court.

Members of Chambers practice throughout the country, although the majority of our work is in London or on the South-Eastern, Midland, or Western Circuits.  If a candidate will struggle to travel to London then efforts can be made to place them with Members of Chambers appearing in courts closer to their home towns. However, the criminal bar is unpredictable and there can be no guarantee that at any given time there will be a member of chambers in any particular part of the country.  Chambers is unable to assist with travel expenses.

Our mini-pupillages are not assessed but we do keep a record of those who have undertaken mini-pupillages with us.

Applicants are required to complete and submit our Confidentiality Agreement before their mini-pupillage can proceed.

Selection Criteria
We welcome applications from anyone aged 18 or over who has an interest in practising at the Criminal Bar and are either doing, or have completed a Law degree or equivalent.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer mini-pupillage or work experience to younger students.

Application process
Application is by way of CV (no more than 2 pages) and covering letter, which should set-out in no more than one page why the applicant wishes to undertake a mini-pupillage with Drystone Chambers.

We prefer applications by email which should be sent to Russell Burton-Lawrence but if this is not possible, they may be addressed to Russell Burton-Lawrence, Drystone Chambers, 35 Bedford Row, London, WC1R 4JH.

We have no restrictions as to when you should apply for mini-pupillage, but the more time provided in advance of your availability, the better the chance of securing a place.

Our usual practice is to offer a mini-pupillage for five days Monday - Friday.  However, if a candidate would prefer a shorter period for practical or financial reasons they should say so in their covering letter and this can be accommodated.

Thank you for your interest in mini-pupillage at Drystone Chambers.

Further reading:  You may be interested to read the Bar Council's brochure Becoming A Barrister which provides a fascinating insight into a truly dynamic and challenging career.

Good luck ahead!