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We are currently accepting applications for mini-pupillages to take place between 1 July 2024 and 31 December 2024.

We hope that undertaking a mini-pupillage will give you an insight into life at the Immigration Bar, as well as life at Richmond Chambers.  We offer 4 mini-pupillages each year of 3 days duration each – 2 in the first half of the year and 2 in the second half of the year.

Our mini-pupillages are not assessed in any way and do not form part of our pupillage selection process.

What to expect

Mini-pupillages at Richmond Chambers are designed to provide hands-on work experience and networking opportunities for students who are considering a career as an immigration barrister. 

The 3-day programme offers students an insight into the work of an immigration barrister, as well as what life is like at Richmond Chambers.

To help ensure that you get the most out of your mini-pupillage, a member of Chambers will be assigned to act as your mini-pupil supervisor. They will be responsible for ensuring that you see a broad cross-section of work.

During your mini-pupillage you can expect to gain experience of both immigration applications and challenges to immigration decisions. We cover the full range of immigration law, including family migration, work and business migration, the EU Settlement Scheme, short stay migration, settlement, nationality and human rights.

A typical mini-pupillage may include observing an appeal hearing before the Immigration Tribunal, attending a conference and, given the importance of written work, assisting with research or drafting in Chambers.

Our mini-pupillage scheme also provides an opportunity for students to network with a range of lawyers within the firm, from Legal Associates to Barristers and Partners. Our lawyers will be available to provide guidance on your career options, answer your questions and provide you with valuable insight into life as part of the immigration team at Richmond Chambers.

Who should apply

We encourage anyone considering a career at the Immigration Bar to apply, to see whether this is the right career for you. 

Due to the limited number of places available, preference will be given to third year undergraduates and above.

Important dates

The deadline to receive applications for a mini-pupillage to take place between 1 July 2024 and 31 December 2024 is 30 June 2024.

Applications for a mini-pupillage to take place between 1 January 2025 and 30 June 2025 will be accepted from 1 July 2024 to 31 December 2024.

How to apply

If you would like to apply, please complete our online Mini-Pupillage Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form. All applications will be sent directly to our HR Manager, Nancy Holland ( A copy of your responses will be emailed to the email address that you provide on the form.

Places on our mini-pupillage scheme are limited and all applications will be assessed on merit. We do not interview candidates as part of our mini-pupillage competition.

Equality and diversity

We encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, marital status, religion or belief, or disability.

For any queries about mini-pupillage, please contact our HR Manager, Nancy Holland.

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