Qualifying as a barrister

Welcome to the "Qualifying as a barrister" section of our website. The Bar Standards Board is responsible for setting the education and training requirements for those who wish to qualify and practise as a barrister in England and Wales.

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, However, we are working to change the training and qualification process 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. Subject to Legal Services Board approval, the new Bar training rules will come into force in early 2019, although some of the changes within the new rules will take longer than this to implement. We have included information about these changes throughout this section of our website and will update it as further detail becomes available and as changes come into effect.

If you would like to read about the changes in one place - rather than interspersed across the website - please visit our Future Bar Training webpages.

For more information on a career as a barrister, please visit the Bar Council's careers webpages