If you are a qualified solicitor, qualified lawyer from another jurisdiction, or a legal academic and you wish to practise as a barrister in England and Wales, you need to transfer to the Bar. Depending on your qualifications and experience, you may be exempt from some or all of the requirements for training for the Bar. Some of these exemptions may be granted subject to passing the Bar Transfer Test (BTT).
In order to be granted an exemption, you must submit an application to us which includes information on the qualifications and experience you have. The application forms and guidelines are available on our waivers, exemptions and applications page. We will look at your application and decide whether you may be exempted from some or all of the requirements for training for the Bar. If we decide that you should be exempted from some of the requirements, you may be required to complete part or all of the BTT.
The BTT is delivered by BPP Law School on behalf of the BSB. The BTT consists of two parts, comprising written papers and oral assessments which cover some of the competences in the Professional Statement. We will tell you which parts of the BTT you will have to do based on your qualifications and experience.
There are two sittings of the BTT each year, in April and August. Once we have told you which parts of the BTT you will need to take, you can register with BPP for the next sitting. For more information on forthcoming BTT sittings, please download the 2020 Spring timetable.
If you have been given an exemption from some of the requirements, you may still be required to complete a period of pupillage or work-based learning before you are granted authorisation to practise as a barrister.
The rules and requirements relating to transferring qualified lawyers and the BTT can be found in Part 2 of the Bar Qualification Manual.
For more information about the BTT, please access our BTT Handbook.