Joining an Inn of Court

If you are a Solicitor, qualified legal practitioner from another relevant jurisdiction or an academic wishing to transfer to the Bar, you will need to apply to the Bar Standards Board in the first instance. Depending on your experience and qualifications, they will send you a letter detailing their decision with the conditions you must fulfil in order to be called to the Bar.

Once you have received your letter from the Bar Standards Board, you may apply to join an Inn. You must be a member of an Inn to be called to the Bar.

Visit the Bar Standards Board website

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Application Forms

The cost of joining the Inner Temple is £100 and is a one-off payment.

Call to the Bar

Once you have been made a member of the Inn, you may apply to be called to the Bar. Please note that you must be called to the Bar before you practise; this includes the practising component of a pupillage.

There are four call dates a year in March, July, October and November. Please note that the July Call is very popular and spaces are allocated quickly. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Education and Training department in January for the closing date for applications.

To find further information on being Called to the Bar.

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Qualifying sessions

Transferring Solicitors, Qualified Foreign Lawyers & Academics usually have to complete 6 Qualifying Sessions in 3 years. However, the Bar Standards Board will confirm this requirement with you. You are responsible for keeping track of how many Qualifying Sessions you have completed. Attendance at call night counts as one Qualifying Session.

You will be asked to sign an undertaking on your call application form that you will complete the required number of Qualifying Sessions within the time required by the Bar Standards Board.

 

To find Qualifying Sessions visit the events section, Look for events with QS stated on them

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Temporary Call to the Bar

A Qualified Foreign Lawyer who has regularly exercised full rights of audience for three years in courts which administer law substantially similar to the common law of England and Wales may apply to be called to the Bar by an Inn on a temporary basis for the purpose of appearing as counsel in a particular case before a court of England and Wales.

The rules for Temporary Call to the Bar can be found in the Bar Qualification rules part 4 B2 rQ25 – rQ28

Before you can be called to the Bar and admitted to the Inn you will need:

  • To have obtained from the BSB and Submitted to the Inn a Temporary Qualification Certificate;
  • Completed and signed a Call Declaration;
  • Paid the prescribed fee (£75)

For further information on Qualifying Sessions, please contact:

Jacqueline Fenton

Membership & Records Assistant

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General enquiries, Public guided tours, student qualifying session enquiries and membership enquiries including; address changes and record updates

Jacqueline Fenton

Membership & Records Assistant

Bio

General enquiries, Public guided tours, student qualifying session enquiries and membership enquiries including; address changes and record updates

Jacqueline Fenton

Membership & Records Assistant

Bio

General enquiries, Public guided tours, student qualifying session enquiries and membership enquiries including; address changes and record updates

For support with your application form please contact:

Jude Hodgson

Membership Registrar

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Membership enquiries, members' records 1960-, student disciplinary matters and data protection enquiries.

Jude Hodgson

Membership Registrar

Bio

Membership enquiries, members' records 1960-, student disciplinary matters and data protection enquiries.

Jude Hodgson

Membership Registrar

Bio

Membership enquiries, members' records 1960-, student disciplinary matters and data protection enquiries.