Once you have joined the Inn, in addition to passing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), you must complete 12 Qualifying Sessions (QSs) within a two year period in order to be called to the Bar. If you are a transferring lawyer, you must complete six QSs within three years of being called. Only 6 QSs will be counted per term. Benchers and barristers no longer requiring QSs are welcome and encouraged to join students and dine in Hall on QS nights.
See below for information regarding all types of QSs. See booking Qualifying Sessions for details on how to book.
Court suits and gowns are required for attendance at all QSs unless specified otherwise. See Dress Code and Rules for full details.
All BPTC students studying in London and on Circuit are required to attend an introductory event at the start of their course. Invites will be sent by email; these QSs cannot be booked via the online booking system or via the Registrar.
There are multi-moots, senior moots and moot competitions throughout the year. Mooting is an ideal opportunity for you to practise advocacy 'on your feet' and to receive feedback to help you improve. Mooting also gives you the chance to demonstrate your motivation to become a barrister. Scholarship and pupillage interview panels will expect to see mooting listed on your applications.
Your trainers (barristers) and judges will join you for a reception or buffet supper which follows most moots. This is your chance to engage with them and other members to seek advice about your career aspirations.
This evening begins with a drinks reception where you can meet and later dine in groups of four (a mess) with barrister and judicial members of the Inn.
Mixed Messes provide real opportunities and time for you to learn more about the Bar, various areas of practice and different ways of working as a self-employed or employed barrister. These evenings are popular with students, perhaps because the atmosphere is light and friendly and there is plenty of time to engage one to one or in small groups with members of Hall.
Dinner is preceded by a talk given by a guest of the Treasurer.
This is an opportunity for students on courses in London and on Circuit to spend a weekend engaging with one another, judges, barristers and advocacy trainers.
All BPTC students will be invited to these weekends by email; these QSs cannot be booked via the online booking system or via the Registrar.
Excellent support from senior Inn members!
The programme includes:
- the 2nd round of the Moot Competition, dinner and music in Hall
- an advocacy exercise at the Royal Courts of Justice
- a series of talks and/or career advice sessions
- a social event by AGIS (The Association of Gray's Inn Students)
The advocacy exercise provides a great opportunity for advocacy experience where you can examine and cross-examine witnesses in a real court, in front of a real judge, and receive feedback on your performance(s) from the Inn’s advocacy trainers. Worth 2-3 QSs.
Fantastic weekend. Informative, useful, and taken away many pointers and tips for future use.
The programmes include:
- advocacy exercises
- ethics discussion sessions
- a mediation workshop
- a series of talks by prominent members of the Inn
The weekends also offer time in a relaxed and informal setting to meet and interact with barrister, judicial and Bencher members of the Inn. Worth 3 QSs.