Applications can be made all year via the set’s tailored application form but are assessed on the 1 March, 1 June, 1 September and 1 December each year.
We offer a limited number of mini-pupillages each year to high calibre applicants likely to be strong candidates for pupillage in Chambers. Mini-pupillage is one of the first practical steps on your journey to becoming a practising barrister. We recognise the importance that a mini-pupillage will play in the decisions you take about the direction of your career. We believe that a mini-pupillage is a very good way to familiarise yourself with us and our work. Many of our mini-pupils subsequently apply for pupillage with us through the Pupillage Gateway.
Whilst it is beneficial to have undertaken a mini-pupillage in a set of Chambers with construction and engineering work, mini-pupillage in Keating Chambers is not a pre-requisite to an application for a pupillage. Applications for mini-pupillage are very competitive and you should not be dissuaded from applying for pupillage with us if your application for a mini-pupillage is unsuccessful.
Mini-pupils generally spend three days in Chambers. On arrival at Chambers you will be allocated a mini-pupil supervisor who will look after you during your placement. Your mini-pupil supervisor will organise as varied and stimulating an introduction to the work in Chambers as such a snapshot allows. Mini-pupils will be asked to perform tasks for their supervisors including reviewing papers and researching points. Your mini-pupil supervisor will also introduce you to other members of Chambers whom you will observe either at court hearings, in arbitrations or in conference with clients. These members will be available to answer any questions you may have. Mini-pupillages are not assessed.