A pupillage at KCH Garden Square provides the flexibility of being able to gain experience in a wide range of subject areas whilst at the same time being able to tailor your training if you so wish.


What happens during pupillage?

Pupils spend the first four months with their pupil supervisor. The next two months is aimed at helping pupils to prepare for their second six months when they will be undertaking their own work. This means that whilst the pupil is still under the supervision of the same pupil supervisor, they spend more time with junior members of chambers learning about their work and tenants from a whole variety of practice areas.

The second six months allows pupils to carry out their own work under the supervision of a pupil supervisor.



*****Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have suspended all mini pupillage placements & are not currently accepting any applications*****

KCH Garden Square offers a limited number of mini-pupillages each year to individuals who are currently studying law (undergraduate law or law conversion course), as we find that this is when mini-pupils obtain the most from the experience.

Mini-pupillage is one of the first practical steps on your journey to becoming a practising barrister. We recognise the importance that a mini-pupillage will play in the decisions you take about the direction of your career. We believe that a mini-pupillage is a very good way to familiarise yourself with us and our work.

Mini-pupils generally spend three days in Chambers and mini-pupillages are not assessed.


Application for a Mini-Pupillage

It may help to you know that we assess mini-pupillage applications using the same fundamental scoring criteria which we use for pupillage applications, which are as follows:
• Academic Ability,
• Non-Legal Extra Curricular Activity,
• Legal Experience,
• Advocacy Experience,
• Commitment to the Bar,
• Written Presentation.

Marks are given in each criteria out of 5, using the following ranking:
• 1: Below Average,
• 2: Average,
• 3: Good,
• 4: Very Good,
• 5: Outstanding (used sparingly).

The scores are then added together to produce a total score. Subject to how many mini-pupillage vacancies we have that round, we then offer mini-pupillage positions to the top scorers, until we run out of spots. Have a think about how your application satisfies those marking criterions.

The only difference when compared to pupillage applications, is that for mini-pupillage, we mark you ‘based on the stage you are at’ so to try and level the playing field when we have applicants at different stages of study and professional experience.

Competition for mini-pupillage places is, much like for pupillage, fiercely competitive with demand consistently, and significantly, outstripping our ability to accommodate them.


Equality & Diversity

KCH Garden Square is committed to valuing and promoting diversity in all areas of Chambers and welcomes applications from all candidates. We are fully committed to equality and diversity in both recruitment and the provision of services and the mini-pupillage selection procedures are operated without discrimination.

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Contact information
KCH Garden Square
1 Oxford Street,
Nottingham, NG1 5BH.
Telephone +44 (0) 115 941 8851
Fax: +44 (0) 115 941 4169
96a New Walk,
Leicester, LE1 7EA.
Telephone +44 (0) 116 298 7500
Fax +44 (0) 116 298 7501

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