All BPTC students have to complete 12 qualifying sessions 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.
Qualifying sessions include lectures on legal topics; advocacy training taught by practising members of the Bar and judiciary; student weekends where students have the opportunity to explore a particular legal topic with experts in that field; presentational skills courses; and Education Days.
The Inn recognises that its student members study the BPTC at providers across England and Wales and therefore provides a wide range of qualifying sessions at weekends as well as during the week.
Students at providers outside of London are able to organise up to three local qualifying sessions – the Inn will provide assistance and funding. Please note, Introductory Evenings are compulsory qualifying sessions for both full and part-time BPTC students. You will also gain one qualifying session on your Call night.
In no other profession is there such a structured and regular meeting of the most senior with the most junior of practitioners, with the former giving their time pro bono because they want to support those entering the profession. Qualifying sessions are great opportunities for students to meet and learn from practising barristers and judges in a supportive, non-assessed atmosphere.
How to book
BPTC student members will be notified by the Inn when qualifying sessions are open for booking – please do not leave it too late to complete your qualifying sessions as this may affect the date on which you can be called to the Bar.
Please note you can only book events online up to 4 working days before the event.
Refunds will only be given in extreme cases and at the discretion of the Inn. Failure to attend a qualifying session that has been booked must be explained in writing to the Director of Education. Refunds will only be given if the Inn is notified up to five working days prior to the event. In case of cancellation due to illness, refunds will only be given if the Inn is notified in writing immediately accompanied by a note from a GP.
If you have any dietary requirements which are not already listed on the portal when you make your booking, please add them.
Students should arrive promptly. Doors will close at the time stated on the ticket or indicated in your confirmation email. Please provide your ticket or confirmation email on arrival if requested.
Please note that latecomers will not be permitted entry and will not gain a qualifying session so you should allow ample time for travel to the Inn/venue.
If you feel that exceptional circumstances have caused you to be late, you may discuss these by calling the Duty Porter on 020 7797 8255 or the number provided for the relevant staff member.
- Mobile phones must be switched off.
- Students should conduct themselves in a manner befitting a member of the Inn.
Students must ensure that they sign the Term Card/register at each qualifying session event – failure to do so will result in the qualifying session not being awarded.
The dress code for all students (unless otherwise indicated) is dark suits and dark shoes, plus a dark tie for men. (When gowns are required for a qualifying session, they will be made available in the cloakrooms.) Entry will be refused to any student who is not dressed appropriately.