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Chambers are now accepting applications for mini-pupillages. All applications received now and those that Chambers have already received will be considered for the period July to September 2022.

At Dere Street Barristers we know mini-pupillages are a vital tool in helping potential barristers make career decisions. We have always selected mini-pupils carefully and tried to make their time with us as beneficial as possible.

What do we offer?

All mini-pupillages at Dere Street Barristers last for four days and are based either at our Newcastle or York chambers, though candidates must be prepared to travel.  We aim to offer mini-pupils exposure to a variety of the practice areas in which our barristers work.


How to apply

Dere Street Barristers invites applications for mini-pupillages on a quarterly basis.  If your application is unsuccessful we ask that you don’t re-apply the following quarter so that we are not overwhelmed with repeat applications.

For mini-pupillages:

  1. In January to March (inclusive), apply by December 1;
  2. In April to June, apply by March 1;
  3. In July to September, apply by June 1;
  4. In October to December, apply by September 1.

To make an application please send a CV of no more than two sides with a cover letter of no more than one side.  Your application should address how you meet the criteria set out below.  Allowances will be made for your current level of academic study.



Applicants for all mini-pupillages need to address the following criteria in their application:

All candidates must meet the following entry requirements:

  • They are a graduate (of any subject), or current undergraduate studying law or with a place on a law conversion course for next academic year; and
  • They can demonstrate an interest in a career at the independent Bar; and
  • They can demonstrate an interest in practising as a barrister in the north-east.

All candidates need to address how they demonstrate the following:

  1. Proven academic ability;
  2. Knowledge of and/or interest in Dere Street Barristers;
  3. A well-rounded personality;
  4. Motivation and drive to succeed;
  5. Strong written skills;
  6. Experience of public speaking;
  7. Good people skills.


Please email all applications to  Minipupillage.  If you are unable to email, please post your application to 33 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DQ, marking it for the attention of the mini-pupillage co-ordinator.


Please note

In the event that during a mini-pupillage your behaviour or appearance falls short of the standard reasonably to be expected or it transpires that you fail in a material way to meet the criteria for a mini-pupillage then we reserve the right to terminate the mini-pupillage with immediate effect.

All mini-pupils will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement on commencing a mini-pupillage, promising not to discuss any information they hear during their mini-pupillage with anyone other than members of Dere Street Barristers.

Selection for mini-pupillage is entirely separate from the pupillage process and acceptance / rejection of an application for mini-pupillage is not an indication of the likely outcome of any application for pupillage.

We regret that we are only able to offer mini-pupillages to a limited number of applicants each quarter.

We are unable to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications.