New Square Chambers is proud to launch A Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage programme.

There is no doubt that diversity at the Bar is improving year on year: the Bar Standards Board’s most recent Diversity at the Bar Report records that 37.4% of barristers are female, and 13% of barristers are BAME. However, social mobility remains an issue: the Bar Standards Board’s sole measure of social mobility is attendance at independent secondary schools, and those statistics show that a disproportionate number of barristers attended an independent secondary school.


At New Square Chambers, we recognise that greater social mobility is required for a host of reasons, and we wish to take active steps to encourage social mobility at the Bar generally, and in particular at the Chancery/Commercial Bar.


We are therefore proud to launch our Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage.


About the mini-pupillage

Each year, we will offer up to 10 assessed mini-pupillage places to candidates from socially mobile backgrounds. The candidate will spend up to five days in Chambers, during which they will undertake a written and an advocacy assessment. All students who perform well during the assessed mini-pupillage will be guaranteed a first-round interview for pupillage.


The mini-pupillage is open to candidates who:

1. Attended a state secondary school;


2. Fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Your parent(s) did not attend university;
  • Your household income is less than £25,000;
  • Anyone in your immediate family has at any point received state benefits;
  • You have at any point been eligible for free school meals;
  • You have been in care and/or are a carer;
  • You have refugee or asylum status.


Applications from female, BAME and disabled candidates are particularly encouraged.

Priority will be given to candidates intending to apply for pupillage in 2020.


How to apply

This year, applications will be accepted from 2nd December 2019 until 10 January 2020. Offers will be made on a rolling basis, with mini-pupillages taking place up to the end of January 2020.

Applications should be made using Chambers’ Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage application form, and saved in MS Word format.

Applications may only be made by email, and should be sent to with “Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage Application” as the subject heading.



Additional correspondence regarding the Social Mobility Mini-Pupillage should be made to Jessica Powers or Jeff Hardman on +44 (0)20 7419 8000 or at


Please click here to download the application form.

Mini-Pupillage Policy

Equality and Diversity Policy

© New Square Chambers Ltd