Pupillage and Mini-pupillage
This page sets out some details of our most recent pupillage recruitment process, any plans for processes for 2023 and beyond will be annoucned here. At present there are no opportunities for pupillage.
Civitas Law only grants pupillages to candidates we regard as prospective tenants. Inevitably therefore, our selection process is rigorous.
Our pupils normally come under the supervision of up to four pupil supervisors during the 12-month pupillage, with regular appraisal meetings being conducted. Pupils will be given the opportunity to undertake a full range of our work, whilst broadening their experience with the pupil supervisor and other members of Chambers.
What we are looking for
We are looking to recruit exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate a high level competence in the following areas:
- intellectual ability;
- market awareness;
- ability to work under pressure;
- written communication skills;
- oral advocacy skills;
- customer focus; and
An intention to pursue practice from Civitas Law is also sought.
Mini-pupils will be able to observe members of chambers in court and in conference with both lay clients and instructing solicitors. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to discuss the profession with members of chambers, as well as ask questions about the application process for Pupillage.
Civitas Law offers mini-pupillage placements for a period of three days between the months of June and September each year.
Civitas Law selects mini-pupils on the basis of academic ability and a commitment to interests and activities outside the legal profession.
Civitas Law only accepts applications from those who are either undertaking a degree course at the date of their application or who have already successfully completed such a course at such time.
Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of mini-pupillages as places are strictly limited.
How to apply
Please email a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org .
For mini-pupillages taking place in June-September 2023, please send in your application by 31st May 2023.
Applicants are asked to include their dates of availability. If you are successful, you will be contacted directly to confirm the dates of your placement.
Equality and Diversity commitments
Civitas Law is committed to encouraging more applications from under-represented groups and ultimately improving both the diversity and strength of the Bar.
Civitas Law partners with the Career Confident Scheme at Cardiff University by offering work shadowing placements/mini-pupillages to students on the scheme. Career Confident aims to level the playing field for under-represented students.
Civitas Law also partners with the LEDLET scheme, a charity established to serve young people living in Wales or having a connection with Wales who are interested in entering the legal profession. LEDLET was founded with the aim of ensuring that no one in society would conclude that their background would prevent them from entering the law.
Civitas Law would also invite potential applicants to consider the Lincoln’s Inn Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme which provides support to prospective mini-pupils:
The Mini Pupillage Grant Scheme offers financial assistance to students who have secured a mini pupillage but need additional funds to complete it. The fund is intended to help with the cost of long-distance travel, commuting, accommodation and purchasing appropriate professional clothing. The value of each grant is calculated based on the applicant’s anticipated expenses up to a maximum of £500. More details including the application criteria and application form can be found here.
Civitas Law do not offer any other forms of work experience at the present time.