Call to the bar

For over six hundred years, the Inns have held exclusive rights to admit candidates to the Bar.

In order to be called to the Bar you must have either:

  • Completed 10 Qualifying Sessions and passed the Bar Course (For students who commenced the Bar Course prior to September 2020 you must have completed 12 Qualifying Sessions - being Called counts as one Qualifying Session - and passed the Bar Course) 
  • applied to the Bar Standards Board and given permission as a transferring lawyer

When to apply

If you are a current Bar Course student, (full time or on the second year of a part time course), Trinity Call is the earliest Call day you can apply for during your Bar Course year. If you are a first year part time student, you cannot apply until your second year.

If you have completed the Bar Course or have finished the course and are waiting for re-sit results you can apply for any Call day.

If you are a transferring lawyer, you can apply for any Call day. You must complete ten Qualifying Sessions before being called. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) may also require you to sit all or parts of the Bar Transfer Test (visit the BSB website for details).

Dates

There are 4 Call days per year, you can find out more about how to apply and register your interest online.

The next 4 Call days are:

Call day   Date   Deadline to apply   Details
   

Thursday
14 October 2021

       
Deferred
Trinity
 

Additional date added due to interest received

  No longer accepting applications   Ceremony in Hall, reception
in the LPR and Hall
    Wednesday 20 October 2021        
             
Michaelmas   Thursday 25
November 2021
  No longer accepting applications   Ceremony in Hall, reception
in the LPR and Hall
Hilary   Thursday 17 March 2022   by Friday 19 November at 11am 2021   Ceremony in Hall, reception
in the LPR and Hall
Trinity    Tuesday 21
July 2022
  by Friday 29th April at 11am 2022   Ceremony in Hall, reception
in the LPR and Hall

*Trinity is the most popular Call day as it is the first opportunity for current Bar students to be called to the Bar. We advise you apply for this Call as soon as possible once the application period has opened.

After Call - Regulatory Guidance

You must familiarise yourself with the regulations which apply to unregistered barristers (barristers who do not hold a practising certificate). Guidance is provided by the Bar Standards Board

Want to know more?

  • Qualifying Sessions

    Qualifying Sessions (QSs) required in order to be called to the Bar

    Qualifying sessions

  • Transferring Lawyers

    Transferring to the Bar, joining the Inn and post Call requirements

    Transferring Lawyers

  • Contact

    Get in touch with the Inn

    Contact