Call to the Bar


Middle Temple arranges Call ceremonies four times every year. They are traditionally held on the second Thursday in March and October and the fourth Thursday in July and November.  In recent years, we have added additional ceremonies in July and November to accommodate student numbers.

Call to the Bar - 2012

COVID-19 Update (17/3/20): As you may be aware, the BSB have cancelled the April sittings of the centralised BPTC and BTT exams (  As things currently stand, the next scheduled opportunity to take the centralised exams will be August 2020, which means that the earliest you could be Called is November 2020. It has not yet been decided what will happen with regards to the July and October Call ceremonies. We are currently discussing arrangements/provisions for Call, including QS requirements and Call in Absentia. Further details will be posted once confirmed.


BPTC Students

Students can be Called to the Bar once they have successfully completed the Bar Professional Training Course and been credited with 12 Qualifying Sessions.  The 12 QS must be completed during a period of no more than five years ending on the date on which that person is Called to the Bar. 

It is currently possible to attend the reception after your Call ceremony as your 12th QS.  However, please bear in mind that this will no longer be the case from Trinity 2021 onwards. The last Call for which the old arrangement is in place will be Hilary Call in March 2021. From Trinity Call 2021, i.e. July 2021, the collegiate event after Call will no longer count as a QS.

Applications can be submitted before BPTC results have been confirmed, and before all Qualifying Sessions have been completed, but Call to the Bar may only take place when all pre-conditions are met.

Specially Qualified Applicants

Specially Qualified Applicants (Transferring Solicitors, Qualified Lawyers, Legal Academics, etc.) can be Called to the Bar once they have made a successful application to the Qualifications Committee of the Bar Standards Board for Call to the Bar of England and Wales, completed the Bar Transfer Test if required, and joined the Inn.  

Call Ceremonies in 2020

  • Hilary Call - 6pm, Thursday 12 March 2020
  • Trinity A Call1 pm, Wednesday 22 July 2020
  • Trinity B Call6 pm, Wednesday 22 July 2020
  • Trinity C Call1 pm, Thursday 23 July 2020
  • Trinity D Call - 6 pm, Thursday 23 July 2020
  • Trinity E Call - 6 pm, Thursday 8 October 2020
  • Michaelmas A Call - 1 pm, Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • Michaelmas B Call - 6 pm, Wednesday 25 November 2020
  • Michaelmas C Call - 1 pm, Thursday 26 November 2020
  • Michaelmas D Call - 6 pm, Thursday 26 November 2020


Application for Call

You must make an application to be Called - you are not automatically assigned to be Called. 

Please note: you are required to provide two references, following the requirements set out in the guidelines. 

Click here to read the Call Application Guidelines

Applications for Hilary Call 2020 are now closed. Forms for Trinity and Michaelmas Calls will be available from April (with deadlines in late May and August respectively).