Qualifying Sessions and Events
Taking part in Qualifying Sessions is an integral part of your journey as a student member.
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.
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 practice 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 which follows most moots. This is your chance to engage with them and other members to seek advice about your career aspirations.
We host regular day and evening sessions to help you brush up on the practical knowledge and skills you need for practice. If you opt to attend the day sessions, you will join your trainers for lunch in Hall afterwards. If you choose the later sessions, you can rub shoulders with senior barristers and trainers and build valuable connections at the evening receptions.
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 is preceded by a drinks reception and 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:
- An advocacy exercise at the Royal Courts of Justice
- A series of talks and/or career advice sessions
- The 2nd round of the Moot Competition
- 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 includes:
- tuition in case analysis
- closing speeches and talks from eminent members of the Inn
- trial demonstration
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 5 QSs.