Qualifying as a barrister

Welcome to the "Qualifying as a barrister" section of our website. The Bar Standards Board is responsible for setting the rules around training barristers. It sets the standards expected of anyone being admitted into the profession.

Here, you can find out more about how to become a barrister in England and Wales and the various components in the current qualification process. You can also find out about the process of transferring to the Bar from practice overseas, or from practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.

The information in these webpages explains the current route to qualification as a barrister, but we are working to change the training and qualification process. We are aiming to make it more flexible, more accessible and more affordable whilst at the same time sustaining the high standards expected of everyone who becomes a practising barrister. The earliest that some of the changes might start is January 2019, but you should keep an eye on our Future Bar Training webpages for up-to-date information about the changes and when they are likely to be introduced. For more information on a career as a barrister, please visit the Bar Council's careers webpages