Coronavirus (COVID-19) update (02/07/20): In light of the Bar Standards Board’s decision to postpone the sitting of centralised BPTC and BTT examinations to August, we have had to adjust the dates of Call ceremonies accordingly. The Trinity (23 July) and Deferred Trinity (26 October) ceremonies will not take place as planned, leaving Michaelmas (30 November) as the earliest opportunity be Called to the Bar in 2020. We have confirmed dates of two further ceremonies in 2021; Hilary (29 March) and Easter (27 May). We are now accepting submission of applications for the aforementioned Call dates. For further information on how to apply for the revised Call dates, please scroll down to the relevant section of this webpage.
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Call to the Bar
There are four Call ceremonies each year; Hilary (March), Trinity (July), Deferred Trinity (October) and Michaelmas (November).
To be considered eligible to be Called to the Bar an individual must have successfully completed the following:
- academic legal training
- vocational training
- obtained the requisite number of Qualifying Sessions
- undergone the necessary fit and proper person checks
Call ceremonies in 2021 are due to be held on the following dates:
Hilary Term Ceremony
Monday 29 March (Fully booked)
Easter Term Ceremony
Thursday 27 May (Applications welcome)
Trinity Term Ceremony
Thursday 22 July (Application window not yet open)
Deferred Trinity Term Ceremony
|Thursday 14 October (Application window not yet open)|
Michaelmas Term Ceremony
Thursday 25 November (Application window not yet open)
Applying for Call
The Inn is now accepting submission of applications from those who wish to be Called to the Bar at any of the following ceremonies:
- Hilary Call - Monday 29 March 2021
- Easter Call - Thursday 27 May 2021
Please download the below guidelines for further information on how to submit an application.
If you are a current Bar course student and wish to apply to be Called to the Bar, the E&T department will be get in touch with you in early 2021 with information regarding how to apply.
All students who commence the Bar course on or after the 1 June 2020, and have not attended a Qualifying Session prior to that date, will need to abide by the new requirements stated in the Qualifying Sessions Framework (further information regarding the requirements can be found on the following webpage)
For students who commenced the Bar course prior to 1 June 2020, or students who attended Qualifying Sessions prior 1 June 2020, transitional arrangements will apply to you. Details of the transitional arrangements can be found under paragraph 39 of the Joint Inns's Education and Qualification Rules.
The Call to the Bar ceremony itself will still be classified as a Qualifying Session up until 30 June 2021.
Qualifying Sessions are valid for 5 years and it is the responsibility of all applicants to ensure they have met the requirements and obtained the requisite number of valid Qualifiyng Sessions at the point of Call.
Structure of Call Night
On the day of the Call ceremony, those being Called to the Bar must arrive at Inner Temple Hall at 5pm to register, whilst their guests should head directly to the Temple Church to take their seats. The ceremony begins promptly at 6pm, when the Masters of the Bench process into the Church.
The ceremony is followed by a Champagne reception in the Hall for those who have been Called, their guests and the Masters of the Bench. The evening usually ends at 8.30pm.
Dress for Call
Students being called:
You do not need a wig or gown.
Gowns will be provided at registration by the Inn on the day of call. Wigs are provided by the photographers for the photos only. Wigs are not allowed to be worn during the ceremony.
Dark suit for men and women
- Women: White wing-collared shirt or a Mandarin Collar Shirt or a Ladies Tunic. You will need to purchase bands separately - all require bands. Alternatively, a Collarette with a top underneath - you do not need to buy bands for this as they are already attached. You can wear any colour top underneath as long as it does not show through the Collarette.
- Men: White wing-collared shirt or a Tunic Shirt - both require bands
Please contact the tailors directly for any questions on dress.