What are Qualifying Sessions?

Qualifying Sessions form a vital part of a student’s journey in training to become a barrister. All students who undertake vocational training for the Bar are required to be members of an Inn. Qualifying Sessions, which take place alongside a student’s vocational training, provide opportunities for professional and ethical development. This also complements and builds on a student’s academic and vocational education, forming a bridge to the final component of Bar training: pupillage. Qualifying Sessions also provide opportunities for a student to enhance their understanding of the role of barristers in the wider justice system and the rule of law.

Through the provision of both practical and knowledge-based sessions, delivered by specially selected and trained members of the profession and experts, the Inns help equip students to undertake the next stage of training and to be fit and proper to serve the public as barristers. The links made with the profession through the Inns provide students with a foundation for pupillage and work-based learning but also for a career at the Bar thereafter.

Qualifying Session Requirements

From September 2020, the number of Qualifying Sessions needed to be called to the Bar changed. Students beginning the Bar Course on or after 1 June 2020 must now complete ten Qualifying Sessions (please note that the Call to the Bar ceremony does not count as a Qualifying Session). Students must attend a minimum of one session under each of the themes outlined below and at least two sessions must be interactive and require preparation in advance (NB: all interactive sessions also require preparation in advance so you only need to attend two of these sessions altogether, not four). Students can contact the Education and Training Department if they have questions about this change.

The Inn's Qualifying Sessions are spread across five themes. The themes are:

  • Ethics, Standards and Values;
  • Advocacy Skills;
  • Legal Knowledge, Justice and the Rule of Law;
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Preparation for Pupillage, Career Development and Wellbeing.

The Inn recognises that its student members study the vocational qualification component with providers across England and Wales and therefore provides a wide range of Qualifying Sessions at weekends as well as during the week. The Inn provides the opportunity for Bar Course students at providers outside of London to complete up to five Qualifying Sessions locally (this local provision includes online sessions).

Students who began the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) before 1 June 2020 are subject to transitional provisions set out in the joint Inns Qualification and Educational rules.

Please note, it is a student’s responsibility to ensure that they attend the required number and type of Qualifying Sessions. It will be made as clear as possible to you at the point of booking which Qualifying Sessions count for which themes. 

Impact of COVID-19 on Qualifying Sessions

We continue to review all our activities in accordance with government guidelines. We recognise that starting your Bar Course during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a stressful experience and we want to assure you that the Education and Training Team are here to provide you with support, advice and guidance. Along with the whole Inn, we wish to create as friendly and supportive an environment as possible.

Project Pegasus will be completed in 2021. To ensure the building meets all relevant regulations, the project will be take slightly longer than expected and reopening is currently planned for the later part of 2021.

Until then, the Inn will continue to deliver its entire Education and Training programme, but in September and October Qualifying Sessions will be held only online.

In recognition of the fact that you will have to stay online for a little while longer while we complete the building work, we will not be introducing any fee for online Qualifying Sessions until 2022.

Once the Inn is reopened, the Inn will continue to deliver a mix of Qualifying Sessions in both online and in person formats, with some run as hybrid sessions which take place in person and are simultaneously livestreamed. We believe that this will provide the most accessible and affordable educational provision to meet your needs.

 

Please find below a timetable of Qualifying Sessions for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please note, the schedule for Hilary and Trinity terms is still subject to change and further information on learning outcomes, costs and themes will be provided nearer the time. You will be made aware via email when booking for each term opens.

Qualifying Sessions Programme September-December 2021 (Michaelmas term)

This online lecture will be delivered by Inner Temple librarians and will include how to research UK cases and legislation, decipher legal abbreviations, understand the need to use commentary sources and keep up to date with developments in the legal world.

Students may attend EITHER the September 16 OR October 20 session

Learning Outcome(s):

- Describe how to research UK cases and legislation

- Explain legal citations and indexes

- Identify the key legal databases for UK law

- Understand the best methods for keeping up to date with their relevant jurisdictions

Themes: Legal Knowledge, Justice & the Rule of Law

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Thursday 16 September 2021 AND Wednesday 20 October 2021

Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

An online event that includes a one-hour panel talk explaining the student’s responsibilities and how they can access support. This is followed by a one-hour question and answer session in breakout rooms. In each breakout room, there will be members of the profession from different practice areas, with different levels of seniority, to whom the students can speak and have their questions about the profession answered.

Online Compulsory event - booking for this event is restricted to Bar Course Students at London-based providers in 2021 (as well as London-based TLPs).

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify sources for support and wellbeing provided by the Inner Temple and wider profession.

- Understand more clearly the educational opportunities and student societies open to them as student members of the Inn and how to access these resources

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday 21 September 2021

Time: TBC

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: London 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

The foundational skills course will include two 1.5 hour sessions – one covering Public Speaking and one Presentation Skills.

The course will provide the foundation of public speaking and presentation skills providing an overview of the key elements of good public speaking and presentation. The session will also include opportunities for practical application and questions.

TWO 1.5 hour sessions available on 1 October and TWO 1.5 hour sessions available on 2 October – students may only attend ONE presentational skills session and ONE public speaking session

Learning Outcome(s):

- Understand the key elements of good public speaking and presentation

Themes: Advocacy Skills (Public Speaking)

Management of Pupillage, Career Development and Wellbeing (Presentational Skills)

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Friday 1 October AND Saturday 2 October

Time:

1 October - Public Speaking  - 10am to 11.30pm

1 October - Presentation Skills – 1.00pm to 2.30pm

2 October - Public Speaking - 11am to 12.30pm

2 October - Presentation Skills – 2.00pm to 3.30pm

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part-timers AND transferring legal professionals

An online event that includes a one-hour panel talk explaining the student’s responsibilities and how they can access support. This is followed by a one-hour question and answer session in breakout rooms. In each breakout room, there will be members of the profession from different practice areas, with different levels of seniority, to whom the students can speak and have their questions about the profession answered.

Online compulsory event, booking for this event is restricted to BPTC Students at providers on Circuit in 2021 and circuit TLPs.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify sources for support and wellbeing provided by the Inner Temple and wider profession.

- Understand more clearly the educational opportunities and student societies open to them as student members of the Inn and how to access these resources

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development and Wellbeing

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Friday 1 October 2021

Time: TBC

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: OOL 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

This is an opportunity for Bar Course students to improve their advocacy. Students will be split into small groups, each led by an experienced practitioner, and will work through either a civil or criminal advocacy exercise, provided in advance, with a chance to practice oral presentation and receive feedback.

This session takes place on both 3 October and 18 October – you cannot attend both sessions. If attending the 3 October session, please pick either the MORNING or AFTERNOON slot.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Prepare and perform oral advocacy with increased confidence

- Identify ways in which to improve their advocacy skills

- Use skills and knowledge more precisely when questioning witnesses, handling unforeseen circumstances and/or presenting before judges

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Sunday 3 October (morning and afternoon sessions) and Monday 18 October (evening)

Time: Sunday 3 October: Morning, 10am-12pm / Afternoon 1pm-3pm

Monday 18 October: 6.15pm-8.15pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

“Becoming British”: The idea of ‘Britishness’ has been said to be elusive. This lecture examines the evolution of UK citizenship, the law and policy of how migrants become naturalized British citizens and the role of citizenship tests.

1 hour lecture followed by Q&A

Learning Outcome(s):

- Explain the key elements of obtaining UK citizenship

- Describe key areas of debate around how UK citizenship law and policy has evolved

- Identify possible solutions to ongoing issues

Themes: Legal Knowledge, Justice & the Rule of Law

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Monday 4 October 2021

Time: 6.00pm - 7.10pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: Students and Members

Master Rachel Spearing (Master of Wellbeing) will give a talk on ways in which to preserve individual wellbeing during the Bar Course, pupillage and practice, including advice on techniques to curb stress and ways to maintain a work-life balance. The talk will last approximately an hour and will be followed by a half hour’s open Q&A session.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify ways in which to promote wellbeing in the study/workplace

- Use skills and knowledge to support their personal and professional wellbeing

- Describe the primary challenges to wellbeing whilst studying for and during practice at the Bar

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part-timers AND transferring legal professionals

A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss issues surrounding class at the Bar, from a variety of intersectional viewpoints, covering aspects of pupillage, practice and individual wellbeing, as well as routes to the Bar and ways in which the profession needs to change and adapt. The panel discussions will last for just under two hours and will be followed by an open Q&A session. Students will have the chance to ask questions either in person or anonymously, depending on comfort levels.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify ways in which to promote diversity in the workplace

- Discuss equality, diversity and inclusion issues that can arise in the legal profession, from the recruitment stage to longterm practice

- Identify relevant support schemes, scholarship programmes and networking initiatives for students and practitioners from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Themes: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday 13 October 2021

Time: 5.45pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

An experienced practitioner will lead an interactive discussion on a variety of ethics scenarios.  Students will be encouraged to participate in open discussions on the different ethical principles raised by legal scenarios.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify and apply core duties to ethical challenges faced by barristers

- Reason through ethical challenges that raise competing ethical principles

Themes: Ethics, Standards & Values

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Thursday 21 October 2021

Time: 5.45pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

The mooting masterclass is taught by Master Alastair Hodge – students will be taught mooting skills, preparation, advocacy, timing and how to deal with judicial intervention.  The masterclass will be followed by Q&A

Learning Outcome(s):

- Describe key skills needed for mooting and advocacy

- Reflect on how they can improve their advocacy skills

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Monday 25 October 2021

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

Part of the Social Context of the Law Series of discussions open to members of the Inns and the public designed to enhance an understanding of the law and its social importance through open discussion of the challenging questions the law is asked to address.

The session will include an opportunity for Q&A.

 

Topic TBC

Learning Outcome(s):

 - Identify and examine ethical challenges that raise conflicting ethical principles.

Themes: Legal Knowledge, Justice & The Rule of Law

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday 26 October 2021

Time: 6pm - 7.20pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: Students & Members

A panel of experienced practitioners will discuss issues surrounding being LGBTQ+ at the Bar, covering aspects of pupillage, practice and individual wellbeing, as well as ways in which students, pupils and practitioners can be allies to one another. The panel discussions will last for just under two hours and will be followed by an open Q&A session. Students will have the chance to ask questions either in person or anonymously, depending on comfort levels.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify ways in which to promote diversity in the workplace

- Identify LGBTQ+ support networks and initiatives available at the Bar

- Discuss equality, diversity and inclusion issues that can arise in the legal profession, from the recruitment stage to longterm practice

Themes: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesay 27 October 2021

Time: 5.45pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

The pupillage advice evening is an event focused on practical advice on how to secure a pupillage.   This event will look at pupillage on circuit and will include members of the profession explaining their own pathway to pupillage before offering tips on how to write pupillage applications and answer interview questions.

Only open to students studying on Circuit. Circuit students may attend the Pupillage Q&A on Thursday 11 November but only if they have not also attended this session on Wednesday 3 November.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Outline the pupillage interview process and describe techniques that can be employed during the application process

- Identify successful pathways to pupillage

- Assess their core skills and the ways to best apply these skills to the pupillage search

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesay 3 November 2021

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: All Circuit students and TLPs

This session will be open to circuit students only.  An experienced practitioner will deliver a talk on how to examine/cross examine vulnerable witnesses. The session will be followed by a Q&A session.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify how to approach the examination/cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses

- Identify important factors in witness handling, including both evidence in chief and cross-examination

- Reflect on how they can improve their witness handling skills

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesay 10 November 2021

Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: All Circuit students and TLPs

A panel of experienced practitioners, pupil supervisors and current pupils will discuss different aspects of pupillage, including what to expect, how to construct a successful application and how to preserve individual wellbeing during pupillage. The panel discussions will last for approximately two hours and will be followed by a half hour’s open Q&A session.

Circuit students who attended the Circuit Pupillage Q&A session on 3 Nov may not attend this session on 11 Nov.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Outline the pupillage interview process and describe techniques that can be employed during the application process

- Identify successful pathways to pupillage

- Assess their core skills and the ways to best apply these skills to the pupillage search

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Thursday 11 November 2021

Time: 5.45pm - 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part-timers AND transferring legal professionals

“Education for Human Flourishing - what would it mean for the Law?” : The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is developing new thinking about the purpose and nature of education.  The starting point is that education should develop human intelligence in ways that complement and harness machine intelligence. The proposed capabilities include adaptive problem-solving, ethical decision-making and aesthetic perception - the building blocks of human flourishing. What are the implications for how lawyers might live and work?

1 hour lecture followed by Q&A

Learning Outcome(s):

- Explain the key elements of the work the OECD is doing regarding future education

- Describe key areas of legal education and the profession that may be affected by a change in technology (AI) and education.

- Identify areas of human intellifence that complement machine intelligence and how technology and education developments might affect the lives of legal professionals throughout their careers

Themes: Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Monday 15 November 2021

Time: TBC

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: Students and Members

The Inn runs its advocacy course for pupils twice each year, culminating in a series of mock trials at the Royal Courts of Justice. We ask student volunteers to play the witnesses at the trials, being examined-in-chief/cross-examined by the pupils. Feedback is provided to the pupils at the end by our trainers.

The trials are great opportunity to take part in mock trials in real courtrooms and observe advocacy in practice from those further down their career path.

Students are required to read two cases (one civil and one criminal) and come ready to play any of the witnesses. They do not have to learn the witness statements; these can be referred to throughout.

 

As minimal preparation is involved, students must attend on 2 dates to received 1 Qualifying point. Students may book Nov 17th and 22nd OR Nov 24th and 30th.

Learning Outcome(s):

- For students to be able to describe key skills needed for advocacy and performance and reflect on how they can improve their advocacy skills

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Wednesday 17 & Monday 22 OR Wednesday 24 & Tuesday 30 November 2021 (students must attend on two of the four dates)

Time: 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Qualifying point: 1 (for two sessions)

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students

Part of the Social Context of the Law Series of discussions open to members of the Inns and the public designed to enhance an understanding of the law and its social importance through open discussion of the challenging questions the law is asked to address.

The session will include an opportunity for Q&A.

Topic TBC.

Learning Outcome(s):

 - Identify and examine ethical challenges that raise conflicting ethical principles.

Themes: Legal Knowledge, Justice & The Rule of Law

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Monday 22 November 2021

Time: 6pm - 7.20pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: Students & Members

Once a year, the Inn runs a teacher training weekend where barristers and judges can become qualified advocacy trainers. At the weekend, we ask student volunteers to practice advocacy exercises in order that a trainee advocacy trainer can offer an advocacy review using the Hampel method. This is a method used on our post-call training course to provide feedback.

Students present opening/closing speeches and examinations/cross examinations. A trainee trainer gives a review of their performance, followed by a second “video review” by another trainer in a breakout room

The weekend is a unique opportunity to gain detailed feedback on their advocacy which they may not otherwise experience until they become a pupil.

Students may attend the Saturday or the Sunday. NB: This event will take place in person at the Inner Temple (dependant on government guidelines)

Learning Outcome(s):

- For students to be able to identify the different approaches to advocacy and to gain insight into ways of improving their own advocacy skills

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: Free

Date: Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November 2021

Time:

Saturday: 09.30-16.00 (6.5 hours incl. breaks)

Sunday: 09.30 – 12.30 (3 hours incl. breaks)

Qualifying point: 2 (Saturday), 1 (Sunday)

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students

A two-hour session which includes a debate followed by judges’ feedback and then an opportunity for networking. The Rawlinson Cup Debate is a competition which has several knock-out rounds and culminates in a “show” final debate, judged by a Master of the Bench. The final is a Qualifying session and students are invited to watch and hear the judge’s feedback for a Qualifying point.

The debate will consist of four teams: two teams in proposition (the Government bench), and two teams in opposition to the motion (the opposition bench). There are two speakers in a team. The object of the debate is to use your skills of advocacy and strategy to convince the judges of your case.

Teams are given fifteen minutes to prepare their cases once the motion is announced. Because motions can be on a legal topic, this will allow the students watching the opportunity to expand their legal knowledge and observe different approaches to public speaking.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify different strategies used in presenting an argument.

Themes: Advocacy Skills

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Monday 29 November 2021

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals

This session will be open to circuit students only. An experienced practitioner will give the students an introduction to ethics in practice and talk through the ethical challenges faced by barristers and their core duties

Learning Outcome(s):

- Identify and apply core duties to ethical challenges faced by barristers

- Reason through ethical challenges that raise competing ethical principles

Themes: Ethics, Standards & Values

Interactive: No

Preparation in advance required: No

Cost: Free

Date: Tuesday 30 November 2021

Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Qualifying point: 1

Open to: All Circuit students and TLPs

The Inn hosts three student advocacy weekends a year. The weekends offer the chance to practice your advocacy skills, as well as an opportunity to hear from high profile speakers and experts in the topic under discussion.

In addition, the weekends allow you to explore ethical decision-making in practical settings and offer the chance to gain insight into pupillage applications and interviews.

This event is allocated through a ballot system and details will be sent after the Introductory Evenings have been completed.

Learning Outcome(s):

- Demonstrate improvement in their oral advocacy and performance skills and their ability to deliver succinct and persuasive oral submissions

- Reflect on how they can improve their advocacy and performance skills more widely

- Identify and apply core duties to ethical challenges faced by barristers.

- Reason through ethical challenges that raise competing ethical principles.

- Demonstrate a broadened knowledge of pandemic fraud cases and the legal contexts from which they arise

Themes: Advocacy Skills / Ethics, Standards & Values / Legal Knowledge, Justice & the Rule of Law / Management of Pupillage, Career Development & Wellbeing

Interactive: Yes

Preparation in advance required: Yes

Cost: £60

Date: Friday 10 December - Sunday 12 December 2021

Time: 6.15pm Friday – 3.30pm Sunday

Qualifying point: 4

Open to: 2021/2022 students, inc 2020 & 2021 part time students and transferring legal professionals (those who have attended a residential weekend in the past are not permitted to attend again)

Qualifying Sessions Programme January to March 2022 (Hilary term)

Date: Tuesday 11 January 2022

Date: Monday 17 January 2022

Date: Wednesday 19 January 2022

Date: Saturday 22 January 2022

Date: Tuesday 25 January 2022

 

Date: Friday 28 - Sunday 30 January 2022

 

Date: Tuesday 8 February 2022

Date: Monday 14 February 2022

Date: Saturday 19 February 2022

Date: Monday 21 February 2021

Date: Monday 21 February 2022

Date: Saturday 26 February 2022

Date: Monday 28 February 2022

Date: Monday 7 March 2022

Date: Saturday 26 March 2022

Date: Saturday 9 April 2022

Qualifying Sessions Programme April to July 2022 (Easter/Trinity Term)

Date: Saturday 30 March 2022

Date: Friday 6 May - Sunday 8 May 2022

Note: Wednesday 11 May 2022

Date: Saturday 14 May 2022
Date: Monday 16 May 2022
Date: Tuesday 17 May 2022
Date: Thursday 26 May 2022
Date: Monday 13 June 2022
Date: Monday 20 June 2022
Date: Tuesday 21 June 2022
Date: Monday 4 July 2022

More information

We want to ensure that everyone can engage with our events. Please contact eduction@innertemple.org.uk if you have any reasonable adjustments and have not mentioned this on the form
We will only refund your booking if you give us a minimum of 10 working days’ notice before the event. If you have to cancel your booking in the 10 working days leading up to the event, we will only consider a refund if you must cancel because of illness and only if you tell us immediately, in writing, with an accompanying note from a GP.
Inner Temple Qualifying Sessions are booked via our website at www.innertemple.org.uk. To make a booking through our website you will need to login to the Members Area with your email address and the individual password which was detailed on your admission letter, before proceeding to the events page (www.innertemple.org.uk/events). If you did not receive your login details, please contact enquiries@innertemple.org.uk. Booking for Qualifying Sessions normally opens in August and in December. You will be notified at the beginning of each term when new Qualifying Sessions are available to book. Events are booked on a first-come, first-served basis so please ensure you book early as sessions often sell out quickly.
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  • - 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 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 must ensure that they sign the register at each qualifying session event – failure to do so will result in the qualifying session not being awarded.

Please ensure you enter the session on time - it would be best if you logged in five or ten minutes before.  

Attendance of all events is monitored. You will be required to be present for the entire session to gain the QS credits. You will need to keep your camera on throughout.

Please note that all events are recorded for internal use only and attendance of events is monitored. It is vital you do not do not film or screengrab the event yourself and do not share any images on social media.

The dress code for in person Qualifying Sessions is: 

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.

The dress code for online Qualifying Sessions is: 

Smart Casual (unless otherwise indicated). 

To book or view details for any of these events (unless otherwise indicated), you will first need to login before visiting the events section www.innertemple.org.uk/events.
You must book 'Student' tickets for your qualifying sessions until you are called to the Bar. Please note Pupil tickets are only available for those undertaking pupillage. Please do not book Member tickets.
If there are no Student tickets available, then follow the link to the reserve list that is included in the description.
'Legacy' is a reference to Qualifying Sessions completed before September 2020. These Qualifying Sessions did not follow the themes that we introduced in September 2020. You don’t need to get Qualifying Session in the theme of legacy.
Please note that booking for an event will close no later than three working days prior to it taking place. Cancellations must also be made at least three working days prior to the event. The final day for booking or cancelling each event is displayed above.
From September 2020, the number of Qualifying Sessions required to be called to the Bar has changed and students will need to gain ten qualifying points. Student must attend a minimum of one session under each of the themes outlined above and at least two sessions must be interactive and require preparation in advance (for clarity, all interactive sessions ALSO require preparation in advance). Students who commenced the Bar Course before September 2020 should view the new rules on Education and Qualification here. If you have any questions, you can contact the Education and Training Department.

How to book

Bar Course 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. 

Unless informed otherwise, students can book qualifying sessions via the Events page, or click below. Please note you can only book events up to 3 working days prior to the event, unless otherwise stated.

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