Chambers offers 24 mini-pupillages every year. Please note the following application deadlines:

If you would like to apply for a mini-pupillage in chambers, please send an email to attaching a copy of your curriculum vitae (limited to two pages) and covering letter (limited to one page), marked FAO Robert Lassey. Postal applications are also accepted.

Please note, applications will not be considered unless candidates have successfully completed their first year of their undergraduate degree (in any subject).

There are two deadlines each year: 30th April and 31st October. If you do not make a deadline you will be considered by the next deadline.

If you apply by the 30th April and are successful, we hope to book a mini-pupillage in with you between June and November.

If you apply by the 31st October and are successful, we hope to book a mini-pupillage in with you between December and May.

If you are successful you will be contacted within four weeks of each deadline.

We get a large number of applications and as such we do not contact those who have not been successful. If you have not been successful we are also unable to offer feedback.

Applications for mini-pupillage are a competitive process. It is recommended that you consider the criteria for applications for pupillage as a guide. Further, the way in which candidates express themselves within their application will be a factor. It would help applicants to explain how their experiences make them a better candidate for a mini pupillage.

Chambers particularly encourages applications from those who attended a state school or college and meet any of the following criteria:

  • neither parent went to university;
  • received free school meals;
  • family has received income support;
  • have caring responsibilities; and/or
  • were in care.

Women and applicants from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are also particularly encouraged to apply.

If you require any reasonable adjustments during the application process or during a mini-pupillage, please do not hesitate to contact us.

9SJS Mini Pupillage Policy [PDF]

Equal Opportunities

9 St John Street Chambers is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to diversity. Our policies apply to all members of chambers, staff, pupils and those visiting chambers. Chambers is committed to the elimination and prevention of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, sex, ethnic and national origin, class, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion or marital status. Our commitment to equal opportunities and the individual and collective obligation for staff is set out in our employee contracts. We also comply with the requirements of the equality code for the bar.


As a general principle, the strength of chambers is maintained and improved by taking on new tenants who have successfully completed twelve months pupillage in chambers.

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Whilst Chambers looks to grow its membership organically we also invite applications for tenancy from experienced practitioners. Those applications should be addressed to our Chambers Manager, Miss Rachel Swift with covering letter and full C.V.

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Staff Vacancies

Chambers recognises the need to invest in its staff. The day-to-day administration of chambers is undertaken by a diligent clerking team and a network of support staff.

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9SJS Access Award

We want to encourage as many people as possible, from a variety of different backgrounds, to consider the Bar as a viable career choice. To that end, we are delighted to be able to launch the 9SJS Access Award.

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