At New Square Chambers a limited number of unassessed mini-pupillages are available, ordinarily for two days. We encourage those considering a pupillage with us to undertake a mini-pupillage, although it is not a requirement.


A failure to obtain a mini-pupillage should not deter an applicant from seeking pupillage at these chambers or at the Commercial Chancery Bar more broadly. We encourage unsuccessful applicants to try again on future occasions and to consider making a pupillage application.

New Square Chambers also holds open evenings for potential applicants each winter and would encourage those interested to check our website in October for full details.


What we look for in applicants

Applicants must have at least completed the second year of their law degree or, if they are not yet studying law, the third year of their degree. We would expect applicants to obtain a first or good upper second degree, although not necessarily in law.


We look for ability regardless of background. Please consult our mini-pupillage policy, below, for more information.

Mini-Pupillage Structure

No two mini-pupillages are the same. The intention is that mini-pupils will see a cross-section of working life at the Commercial Chancery Bar, including a mix of court and paper work, and the opportunity to talk to one or more of our junior members.

We offer around 12 mini-pupillages per year. We appreciate that applicants may struggle to fit mini-pupillages alongside work or study commitments and aim to be flexible with timings.

How to apply

Applications must be made in the following manner:

  • Applications may only be made between 1st August and 30th September in any given year.
  • Applications should be made via the Chambers’ mini-pupillage application form and saved in MS Word format
  • Applications may only be made by email and should be sent to with “Mini-Pupillage application” as the subject heading
  • The application email should consist only of the completed application form attached as an MS Word Document. There is no need for any further text.


Additional correspondence regarding mini-pupillage should be made to James Saunders on +44 (0)20 7419 8000 or at


Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage

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Further Information


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