Five Paper's mini-pupillage

A mini-pupillage will help you decide whether a career at the Bar is for you and by exposing you to the type of work that a barrister will typically carry out.

What is a mini-pupillage?

Mini-pupillage will usually include attending court, observing a conference with the barrister and client, looking through case papers in chambers and discussing the case with the barrister.

At Five Paper, mini-pupillages are not assessed and are not a requirement for pupillage applicants.

How long do they last?

Mini-pupillages normally last for a week but a shorter period can be arranged.

When are they offered?

We offer approximately 35 mini-pupillages a year. These take place all year round, except during the two-week Christmas and Easter periods and during August (at these times the courts are shut or sit less often). Please bear in mind that June, July and September are popular and places fill quickly. We are now considering applications for September to November 2018.

Who should apply?

We support diversity and equal opportunities and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. The type of people we are looking for are those who can demonstrate that they are interested in becoming a barrister and have the potential to succeed. Applicants without a solid academic background will be encouraged to explain any poor results and demonstrate success in other areas.

Mini-pupillages are normally offered to those in the final or penultimate year of a degree course, or during the CPE or PGDL, although we occasionally accept students at an earlier stage.

How should you apply?

Please send an up-to-date CV with a short covering note in the body of the email setting out your reasons for wanting to experience a mini-pupillage. You should include a selection of dates when you will be available to attend in the next twelve months, in order of preference. Please email your application to Morwenna Macro at

What happens next?

Successful applicants will be contacted with an offer of mini-pupillage and an information sheet. There are no interviews.

Unless told otherwise, mini-pupils should attend our offices on the first day at 9am, wearing a dark suit and sensible footwear.

Mini-pupillages at Five Paper are not funded, however in exceptional circumstances we may be able to help with travel and other expenses. It may be more economical for you to purchase a week-long London travelcard rather than buying daily tickets.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please contact Morwenna Macro. If your query is urgent or you have a question immediately before or during a mini-pupillage, please telephone our clerks on 020 7815 3200.

For our mini-pupillage policy, please click here.