Pupillage and Mini-Pupillage


St John’s Buildings is committed to recruiting the next generation of expert barristers through our pupillage programme. We advertise for pupillage annually through the Pupillage gateway system provided by the Bar Council and adhere strictly to their timetable.

Opportunities for pupillage exist within each practice group and each of our Chambers, with our pupillage requirements being reassessed each year prior to the commencement of a pupillage competition.

Read our pupillage guide for 2020.

Find out more about what St John’s Buildings offers.


Mini-pupillages are an ideal way of gaining a better understanding of life at the Bar and in helping you decide which chambers you would like to join. We run a Summer and an Easter mini-pupillage programme. The Easter programme is now open for applications. Please download and complete the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and send them by email to David.Anderson@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk or by post to David Anderson, St John’s Buildings, 24a-28 St John Street, Manchester M3 4DJ.

The deadline for receipt of the completed form is 5pm on 21 February 2020.

Available to graduate and undergraduate students only. Unfortunately we cannot offer mini-pupillage or placement with barristers to students who have not yet commenced their undergraduate (or equivalent) studies.

St John’s Buildings is an equal opportunities employer. We will consider any reasonable adjustments necessary to facilitate applications from a diverse pool of applicants.

One of the country’s leading Chambers, St John’s Buildings is divided into six principal practice groups (crime and regulatory, personal injury & clinical negligence, family, public & administrative, employment and commercial) with other developing specialisations such as Court of Protection, regulatory and travel law. Our full specialism breakdown is available at www.stjohnsbuildings.co.uk/expertise.