New Becoming a Barrister Resources for School Students

The Inn is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Open University to deliver a new suite of digital resources for school students, their parents/carers and their teachers. Our aim is that through engaging with these authoritative, accessible resources, school students have a clearer idea of the journey to the Bar and the support that is available to them.

These new resources are interactive, enabling students to learn about what a barrister does on a day-to-day basis, different practice areas at the Bar, the role of the Inns of Court and the academic requirements of the role. With very little information currently available for younger students, these resources were created with a view to being accessible for students as young as 14. We hope that they will act as an extension of our existing Schools Project; ensuring students with the capability and determination to pursue a career at the Bar are given the opportunity to do so, regardless of their background.

With the accessibility of these new digital resources, we aim to help widen access to the profession and to demystify it at an early stage.

On the launch of these resources, Secretary of State for Justice and Master of the Bench, Robert Buckland QC MP said:

I am very proud that my Inn has partnered with the Open University to create a new, authoritative suite of online resources for school students and their parents and teachers, designed to clarify the journey to the Bar and what life as a barrister looks like. These resources will help to demystify the profession for those who may otherwise feel that it may not be accessible to them, thus widening access to and understanding of the Bar at an early educational stage.

The resources can be accessed on the Open University’s OpenLearn Create platform here: