Admission papers

Prior to starting the admission application, it is essential that you read the Joint Inns Education and Qualification Rules (PDF)  and the read the Inns Data Privacy Notice.

Currently applications are to be submitted electronically by email to the Admissions Team. When we return to the Inn we will revert back to applications being sent to the Education Department by post or in person.
 
Contact the Admissions Team should you have any queries regarding your application. 
Please read all of the following notes regarding each of the above documents before submitting an application.
 
Your admission papers consist of:
 
 
Your admission papers should be filled out and printed double sided before signing and dating. 
 
1. Four Inns of Court and General Council of the Bar Form
 
Please ensure your details are written clearly and accurately.  You should give your full name, as it appears on your passport.  The Inn should be informed of any future changes in your name or contact details.
 
Completion of this form does not constitute an application for a place on any Bar Course, or to sit any examinations held by or on behalf of the Bar Council.
 
 
2. Admission Declaration Form      
                         
Please ensure you thoroughly read and accurately complete this form.
 
If you have disclosed any matter that calls your fitness to practise into question, please refer to the following guidance.
 
If there is any further clarity that you need, please contact the nominated officer email Vicky Hanson.
 
Before signing the Admission Declaration Form, you must be aware of a further declaration that you will be required to complete before being called to the Bar (for reference see Petition for Call to the Bar). Should any disclosures be made during the course of your student membership of the Inn, the Inn may be required to refer to the ICC. View a flowchart of the ICC process for student members of an Inn.
 
 
 
3. Qualification certificates         
              
To be eligible for the Bar Course, you must complete either a qualifying law degree or a qualifying degree in a subject other than law and successfully complete a conversion course. The minimum standard for acceptance on to the BPTC is a lower second class honours degree. The Inn will therefore only admit students who can show they have achieved, or are on course to achieve, this result. Students will not normally be admitted before they commence the second year of a degree course. If you have not yet completed your degree, you must also provide evidence of your English language proficiency. 
 
For all of your qualification certificates:
  • you must have them certified as a ‘true likeness of the original’ with an official stamp by your university, or by someone currently working in one of the following roles: Judge, Magistrate, Barrister, Solicitor, Member of Parliament, Accountant, Secondary school teacher, Professor, University lecturer, Officer of the British Armed Forces, Senior police officer, Doctor (medical), Dentist, Senior nurse, Pharmacist
  • it is recommended you send in certified copies and not original documents
Please provide the appropriate documents with your admission papers as outlined below.
 
Graduates of a UK Qualifying Law Degree
  • A certified copy of your degree certificate
Graduates of a UK Qualifying Degree (non-law)
  • A certified copy of your degree certificate
  • Evidence that you have completed, or been accepted onto, a conversion course
Undergraduates studying for a UK Qualifying Law or non-Law Degree
  • Certified copies of degree transcripts showing your grades to date
N.B. We will require a certified copy of your degree certificate in order for you to be Called to the Bar. If you have not yet completed your degree upon applying to join the Inn, please ensure that you forward a certified copy of your degree certificate when your result is conferred. 
 
Graduates of universities outside of the UK
 
If you hold overseas qualifications, you must contact the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to discuss your eligibility for a Certificate of Academic Standing.  Your application for admission can only be processed once your Certificate of Academic Standing has been issued.  You will need to provide the following with your application:
  • A certified copy of the Certificate of Academic Standing awarded by the BSB
  • Certified copies of all relevant qualification certificates

If required to complete a conversion course, evidence that you have completed, or been accepted onto, the course

A photocopy of either your:

  • ​O’Level English Language certificate (A-E)
  • GCSE English Language certificate (A-C)
  • IELTS certificate (overall minimum 7.5)
Mature students
 
If you wish to be admitted as a mature student, you must first contact the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to discuss eligibility to commence the Bar Course. You may need to provide further documentation with your application such as:
  • A certified copy of a Certificate of Academic Standing or Reactivation of stale qualifications awarded by the BSB
  • If required to complete a conversion course, evidence that you have completed, or been accepted onto, a course
 
4. Admission fee 
 
The fee for admission is a one off payment of £100. Once your application and documents have been checked, we will provide you with the details of how to make the payment via our online member system. Please do not send cash through the post with your admission papers.
 
 
5. Passport size photos
 
Please provide one photograph. Please follow the Gov.uk rules for providing a digital photo. It must be clear, in focus, in colour and unaltered by computer software.  This photograph will appear on your Inn membership card. 
 
 
6. Equal Opportunities Form
 
To monitor the progress of all groups in society, we request that you submit this form. If you do not wish to disclose the requested information, please tick the ‘Unwilling to supply information' box. 
 
 
7. Photographic ID
 
Please include a certified copy, of your passport or driving licence. 
 

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