Mini-pupillage is an excellent way for those considering a twelve-month pupillage to experience the working atmosphere in Chambers. It is also a unique opportunity for students to find out whether they might be interested in a career at the Bar.

Tanfield Chambers offers mini pupillages in four windows each year. These are:

  • 1st May 2024 – 31st July 2024
  • 1st September 2024 – 24th December 2024
  • 2nd January 2025 – 31st March 2025

The deadline for applications is two weeks before the start of each period.

Applications should consist of a CV and a covering letter explaining why the applicant is applying for a mini-pupillage with Tanfield Chambers. These applications will be assessed against Chambers’ pupillage criteria, which includes an interest in property law.

Chambers intends to offer five mini -pupillages in each window.

As part of Chambers commitment to promoting access to the bar some of these mini-pupillage will be offered to candidates who have overcome disadvantage. Applicants are invited to highlight any relevant information in their covering letter.

Mini pupillages are unfunded, but Tanfield will reimburse reasonable travel costs within the M25. Further funding for travel within the United Kingdom and a lunch allowance is available for mini-pupils who require such additional funding to take up a mini-pupillage. Applicants who believe they meet the criteria for additional funding should set out any relevant information in their covering letter.

Applicants should set out in their covering letter which weeks they are available during the relevant window and Chambers will use its best efforts to accommodate successful applicants’ availability. It is unlikely that Chambers will be able to offer mini pupillages during August or over the Christmas period.

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to An Equality and Diversity monitoring form is available in the following link and may be submitted with the application, completing the Equality and Diversity form is optional but we would be grateful if applicants completed the form.  

Equal Opportunities

Tanfield Chambers is a firm believer in equal opportunities and we consider all applications for pupillage, tenancy or administrative positions on merit – regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender-reassignment, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, nationality, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, maternity or pregnancy or disability and encourage and welcome applications from those who are under-represented at the bar.