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 Bar Standards Board for Call to the Bar of England and Wales (see https://www.barstandardsboard.org.uk/training-qualification/becoming-a-barrister/transferring-lawyers.html), you may apply to join an Inn of Court as a student member, i.e. a member who has yet to be Called to the Bar of England and Wales.

The Middle Temple admission application form (which includes instructions) can be found below.

Call to the Bar and Pupillage/ Practice

If the Bar Standards Board require 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. If you are exempt from pupillage entirely, you must be Called before you are able to commence practice. 

There is a separate application for Call, which you can only submit once you have been admitted as a member of the Inn.  The Call dates and the application form (when available) can be found here.

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...

Admission fee

The Admission Fee to join the Middle Temple is currently £105. Payment is required as part of the application process. If, for any reason, an application is not processed a full refund will be issued.

How to apply

1. In order to apply for admission, you must first register on our website.

2. Once you have registered, log in

3. Click the link below to start your application.

Click here to apply for admission as a Specially Qualified Applicant (SQA)

If you require assistance, please contact Sally Yorke on s.yorke@middletemple.org.uk to discuss your application further.

PLEASE NOTE: On 3 February 2020 the admission form for SQAs switched to an online system.  We are no longer accepting applications submitted in hard copy using the old form.