Students to be given Bar Council membership for the first time

Students considering a career at the Bar can now become involved with the Bar Council and support the organisation's work on access to justice, as well as benefit from a number of services offered to subscribers by the Bar Council, the representative body for barristers.

For the first time, students studying for an undergraduate qualification or higher can sign up to support the work of the Bar Council, which includes initiatives aimed at making the profession more accessible as a career, through a special rate Bar Representation Fee (BRF).

Students who sign up will get access to a number of benefits: 

  • Free attendance at many Bar Council events
  • Bar Talk: The Bar Council's fortnightly update on what is happening in the profession
  • Xexec membership: access to over 500 discounts and other benefits from retailers and other companies. 

In addition, students who sign up, for a fee of £24 a year payable annually or £2 monthly by direct debit, will get less obvious but equally important benefits.

Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC said: "From meeting students at the recent Bar Council Pupillage Fair and through attendance at law careers events around the country, the message coming back is that there is an appetite for students to be more involved in the Bar Council's work. We are the representative body of the Bar. We cannot afford to ignore tomorrow's barristers."

More information is available here.