Specially Qualified Applicants

This section is for qualified solicitors, qualified lawyers from other jurisdictions, and legal academics who want to transfer to practice at the Bar of England and Wales.

If you have made a successful application to the Qualifications Committee of the Bar Standards Board for Call to the Bar of England and Wales, you may apply to join an Inn of Court.

Please ensure that you download the form attached to this page, as the application process is different from that of a student applicant intending on studying on the Bar Professional Training Course.

From Monday 2 December 2019 to Monday 27 January 2020 all the Inns will be closed to new admissions.  This is to allow for the introduction of new admission rules and forms. Please check this page for an updated application form in the new year.

Call to the Bar and Pupillage/ Practice

If the Bar Standards Board required you to take any part of the Bar Transfer Test, you must have received your results before you can be Called to the Bar. Please note that you cannot commence any part of pupillage until you have passed all required sections of the test.
You are able to commence the non-practising part of pupillage without being Called; however, you will be unable to start the practising part of pupillage until you have been Called.

Middle Temple arranges Call ceremonies on four dates every year: the second Thursday in March and October and the fourth Wednesday and Thursday in July and November.  Please check with the Inn which Call you will be eligible to apply for as this may affect the date on which you are able to start pupillage/ practice. There is a separate application for Call, and should this be available when you are applying to join the Inn you can submit your Admission and Call paperwork at the same time.  The Call dates and the application form (when available) can be found here.

If you are exempt from pupillage entirely, you must be Called before you are able to commence practice.

The Bar Training Regulations set out the requirements which a person must satisfy in order to be Called to the Bar by an Inn and become qualified to practise as a barrister. They are available on the Inn’s website at www.middletemple.org.uk.

Pupils’ Advocacy Courses

You may also be required to attend the Pupils’ Advocacy Course. It should be clear from your correspondence with the BSB whether or not attendance is a requirement. If it is, you must complete the course before commencing the practising part of pupillage. Please contact the Training Programme Manager, Jessica Masi, at j.masi@middletemple.org.uk for further details.

The Pupils’ Course run by the Middle Temple also incorporates the Practice Management Course and so there is no need to do two separate courses.

Please note that although our courses are run fairly regularly, we do have limited space on them and so it is recommended that you apply for the course you wish to attend as soon as possible.


Information for lawyers from the European Economic Area after Brexit

The Bar Standards Board has published some information for EEA lawyers at https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases-and-new...


If you require assistance, please contact Sarah Hankinson or Sally Yorke at the Treasury Office on 020 7427 4800 to discuss your application further.