What is their
What do they
When should you
become an Inn member?
Making your Inn
What is their purpose?
The Inns alone have the power to call a student to the Bar. Only
those called to the Bar are able to exercise rights of audience in
the superior courts of England and Wales as barristers.
What do they provide?
The Inns are principally non-academic societies which provide
collegiate and educational activities and support for barristers
and student barristers. They all provide the use of a library,
lunching and dining facilities, common rooms and gardens.
They also provide a number of grants and scholarships for the
various stages on the way to becoming a barrister. Please contact
your Inn for details of the closing date for CPE scholarships.
Closing date for BPTC scholarships is the first Friday in November
for the BPTC in the following academic year.
As well as awards and scholarships, the Inns are able to offer
advice to their student members, for example, assistance with
completing CVs and application forms for the BPTC and for
pupillage. Mock interviews are also available, as are the
arrangement of marshalling schemes. Check with the student officers
of the Inns for details.
When should you become an Inn
Admission to an Inn is required before registration on the Bar
Professional Training Course, although many undergraduates join
before this stage in order to participate in activities, use the
library, or start their qualifying sessions. Students
are reminded that they must join an Inn by 31st May of the year
their Bar Professional Training Course is due to
commence. Students are stongly warned that if there
is likely to be a problem with your application to an Inn,
please ensure that you apply as early as possible as this may mean
that you cannot start a course if your membership is not confirmed
in time for enrolment.
Making your Inn choice
A student's choice of Inn does not affect the area of law in
which they wish to practise or their choice of pupillage or
tenancy. It is usually a matter of personal choice - we suggest
that you visit the Inns and talk to current members and to the
student officers to help you make the decision on which Inn to
Students are required to complete 12 qualifying units in order
to be called to the Bar. These units, also known as qualifying
sessions can be defined as "educational and collegiate activities
arranged by or on behalf of the Inn(s)" for the purpose of
preparing junior barristers for practice. These sessions used to be
known as 'dining sessions', traditionally focused on dining with
senior practitioners, which also provided networking opportunities
and sharing of best practice. It is more common now for these
sessions to have relevant talks and training workshops.
Qualifying sessions can be achieved through a number of
Attendance at weekends either in the Inn or at a residential
centre such as Cumberland Lodge.
Education Days (primarily for out of London students).
Education Dinners (with lectures or talks).
Domus Dinners (when students and seniors dine together).
Social Dinners (such as Grand Night or student guest nights or
dinners at the providers).
The weekends count as 3 units, the days count as 2 units and
dinners and Call Night count as 1 unit.
BPTC Students are reminded that qualifying session dinners
are held both in London and in the provinces, as are various guest
lectures throughout the year.
London students starting the BPTC are invited to attend the
Introductory Party for London Students (held by all four Inns
jointly). The introductory weekends for out of London students take
place on different dates, check with your Inn.
These all count towards your qualifying units. See the Inns'
websites for full details and to book places. Details of other
events which can count as qualifying units are also available from
Each Inn also runs advocacy training courses for their pupils.
These vary in format and length and combine advocacy training with
lecturers on particular areas of law or forensic skills.
Additionally, each Inn has student societies and supports
involvement in debating activities which range from internal events
to inter-Inn, national and international competitions. The students
organise their own social events through their Inns' student
association and some Inns also support sporting societies.
Some of these training sessions count as qualifying units.