5 Paper Buildings places a high value on mini-pupillage as a means of educating students on the realities of life in a busy criminal chambers. It can also be rewarding to meet at an early stage individuals who have the potential to play a significant role in the development of chambers in years to come. Mini-pupillages are not assessed, although a record will be kept of successful applicants - and a good first impression is never wasted!
Mini-pupillage at 5 Paper Buildings

The policy of chambers is to have no more than two mini-pupils at any one time. Each mini-pupillage will last for one week. During that week, mini-pupils will have the opportunity to meet junior tenants in chambers and see a range of work in the courtroom, mainly at Crown Court level. Depending on the time of year there may be an opportunity to attend hearings in the Court of Appeal.

The application process

Due to the increasing number of students expressing an interest in experiencing a mini-pupillage at 5 Paper Buildings, it has recently been decided to formalise the application process. There are now two “windows” during which mini-pupillages are available:

  • 1st February to 31st August, applications to be received by 30th November;
  • 1st September to 31st January, applications to be received by 31st May.

In each case, notification of mini-pupillages awarded will be issued within one month of the closing date for applications.

Form of application

Applications are invited from students or graduates aged 18 and over. The application should be sent by e-mail to, addressed to Elaine Freer, and should contain:

  • a CV;
  • a covering letter explaining why the applicant wishes to pursue a mini-pupillage at 5 Paper Buildings;
  • preferred dates.