Coronavirus (COVID-19) update (31/03/20): 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. As things currently stand, the Trinity (23 July) and Deferred Trinity (26 October) ceremonies will not take place as planned, leaving Michaelmas (30 November) as the earliest opportunity for those due to sit examinations in April to be Called to the Bar. For further information regarding how this affects applying to be Called to the Bar, please scroll down to the relevant section of this webpage.
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Call to the Bar
There are four Call nights each year; Hilary (March), Trinity (July), Deferred Trinity (October) and Michaelmas (November).
In order to qualify for Call a student must have successfully completed the vocational stage and have completed the requisite number of Qualifying Sessions. Call night counts as one Qualifying Session (i.e. your twelfth).
All formalities must have been completed and the application received by the Education & Training Department of the Inn by the specified closing date.
Applying for Call
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update (31/03/20):
At this moment in time the Inn is not accepting any applications to be Called to the Bar in 2020.
The temporary suspension of the application window will remain in place for the immediate future with a view to it reopening on the 1 June. From the 1 June we will accept applications from individuals who wish to be Called to the Bar at the Michaelmas ceremony on the 30 November.
If you believe you are in a position where being Called to the Bar on the 30 November, instead of in July or October, would have a detrimental impact on your future career at the Bar, please contact Richard Loveridge.
In the weeks leading up to a Call Night closing date, students wishing to be called to the Bar are required to meet a Master of the Bench who can propose their Call.
Once the student has met a Master of the Bench and had the Proposal for the Bar form signed, then the full application should be submitted to the Education & Training Department, with a CV and a cheque for the fee (£75) made payable to The Inner Temple. Online preferences for Call ceremonies should also be indicated via the Events section of the website as detailed in the guidelines. Tickets to the ceremony will be purchased approximately two weeks prior to the event.
Those studying for the BPTC will receive information on how to apply for Call and an application form in February of their BPTC year. If you have not received an information pack by the beginning of March, you can download the forms from this website or contact the Education & Training Department.
The 2020 Call ceremonies are:
Trinity Term Call Night
Thursday 23 July (Cancelled)
Deferred Trinity Term Call Night
Monday 26 October (Cancelled)
Michaelmas Term Call Night
Monday 30 November
Structure of Call Night
On Call Night students must arrive at Inner Temple Hall at 5pm to register and their guests need to go directly to the Temple Church. The ceremony begins promptly at 6pm, when the Masters of the Bench process into the Church.
During the ceremony each student's name is called out by the Sub-Treasurer in the order in which they were admitted to the Inn. If a student has gained an Outstanding in the Vocational Course results then their names are put to the top of the list. After all the students have been called, the Treasurer gives a speech.
The ceremony is followed by a champagne reception in the Hall for students, 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
The bands and shirts may be bought from a number of tailors including:
|Ede & Ravenscroft||Stanley Ley|
|93-94 Chancery Lane||23 Fleet Street|
|London WC2A 1DU||London EC4Y 1AA|
|Tel. 020 7405 3906||Tel. 020 7353 3533|
Please contact the tailors directly for any questions on dress.