Welcome to the Education Department. Whether you are a current student or barrister member, or are considering a career at the Bar and looking to join the Inn, we aim to help educate and support you at each stage.
For the latest education and related news, opportunities and events please follow the Inn on social media and regularly check the News and Calendar. See Contact the Department for department opening hours and staff members.
We offer scholarships and awards in excess of £800,000 to support students, irrespective of background, pursuing a career at the Bar.
Once you have joined the Inn you must complete 12 Qualifying Sessions within a two year period in order to be called to the Bar.
Qualifying sessions complement students’ academic and vocational education and form a bridge to pupillage. The sessions equip BPTC students to undertake the next stage of training by enabling them to meet and learn the following from practising members of the Bar and judiciary:
• professional Integrity, Ethos and Ethics
• professional Advocacy Skills
• professional Interpersonal and Communication Skills
• professional Development
We also have a dedicated programme on Circuit for those studying outside of London in addition to residential weekends outside of the Inn.
As a student member, we offer many services to support you during your path to the Bar including:
- a Mentoring Scheme during your BPTC
- Court Marshalling during your final year of university, your CPE/GDL or your BPTC
- a Careers Service, including mock interviews, to assist you with applications for pupillage
We also encourage you to become involved in our student body The Association of Gray’s Inn Students (AGIS).
Vocalise is a mentor based prison and primary school debating programme. Founded in 2010 by two of the Inn’s student members, it won the 2012 Attorney General’s Award for Best Student Pro Bono Initiative. An excellent opportunity for some pro bono experience during your CPE or BPTC year!
Our Pupil Advocacy Course runs from October to February each year and incorporates the compulsory training required within your 1st Six of pupillage. The course includes the required Practice Management course and covers, over five separate stages, ethics, witness handling, legal argument, interlocutory exercises, skeleton arguments and culminates with a full mock trial exercise.
We run two New Practitioner Courses a year as residential weekends outside of the Inn. These provide the advocacy and ethics CPD hours required within your first three years of tenancy or employment. Please remember to register your tenancy using the online form.
We run a full and varied Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme for established practitioners. Often open to members of the other Inns, events include lectures, debates and Q&A panel sessions on a variety of relevant topics. For the latest news regarding CPD events please follow the Inn on social media and regularly check the News and Calendar. Previous CPD event recordings are also available to purchase.