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About 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings


2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings is a well-established set which was founded in 1988. Our Head of Chambers is Mr Mark Love and our Senior Clerk is Mr Steve Lavell; together they have been leading Chambers since 1999.


2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings has long been a common law set with a focus on Crime & Family, with many of our tenants undertaking Civil work. Since we are always keen to hear from those who are considering a career at the Bar, 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings provides mini pupillages.


Application Process


Applications for mini pupillages are open four times per year. These are broken down to roughly match the terms of the legal year:

  1. Hilary term 2023: applications are now closed;

  2. Easter term: mini pupillage between 01 April 2023 to 31 June 2023;

    1. applications open 01 February 2023;  

    2. deadline of 4:00pm 01 March 2023;

  3. Trinity term: mini pupillage between 01 July 2023 to 31 September 2023;

    1. applications open 01 May 2022;

    2.  deadline of 4:00pm 01 June 2023;

  4. Michaelmas term: mini pupillage between 01 October 2023 and 31 December 2023;

    1. applications open 01 August 2023;

    2. deadline of 4:00pm 01 September 2023; and

  5. Hilary term: mini pupillage between 01 January 2024 to 31 March 2024;

    1. applications open 01 November 20023;

    2. deadline of 4:00pm 01 December 2023.


If you are interested in applying for a mini pupillage, please send your CV and a single page covering letter, both in PDF format, addressed to our mini pupillage secretary Tom Gilchrist at Please use the subject line ‘Mini Pupillage Application – FAO Tom Gilchrist’.


Your cover letter must also detail whether you prefer to undertake a criminal mini pupillage, a family mini pupillage or if you seek to do both. You must also include the dates you are unable to undertake a mini pupillage as successful applicants will be assigned dates to undertake their mini pupillage in their acceptance email.


Any application sent outside the application window will be disregarded. Any application not complying with the above directions will be automatically rejected. Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted.


Before your first day of Mini Pupillage


To assist with allaying any concerns we would ask that you call into Chambers on the Friday before you start at 17:00 to allow the clerks to allocate you a case to follow on the Monday.  They will also give you the details of the barrister you will be shadowing.


In the event that you need to cancel or postpone your mini pupillage please do so by email with as much notice as possible.


Mini Pupillage FAQ

  1. What is the dress code? Business attire – a dark suit or equivalent;

  2. Are your mini pupillages funded? No, they are unfunded;

  3. How long do the mini pupillages last for? Usually, they are 5 days long but can be shorter if you cannot commit for a full working week. Let us know in your cover letter;

  4. Where will I go? You will be sent to courts within London unless you specify a preference for work outside of London (and we have appropriate cases outside of London for you to shadow);

  5. Is it assessed? No, they are not assessed;

  6. When should I apply? ​You do not need to have finished your degree yet, but applicants should generally be second year and above. A slight priority will be given to those currently on, or have completed, the BTC (or equivalent) due to the backlog of applicants caused by the Pandemic; and

  7. Do I need to be studying Law? No, but you need to evidence an interest in coming to the Bar.

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