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Call to the Bar is the graduation ceremony for BPTC students. There are four Call Nights each year (March, July, October and November). In order to qualify for Call a student must have successfully completed the vocational stage and have completed the requisite number of qualifying sessions. Call Night counts as one qualifying session (i.e. your twelfth).

All formalities must have been completed and the application received by the Education & Training Department of the Inn by the specified closing date.

If you are a transferring solicitor or academic, please click here for further information.

Applying for Call

In the weeks leading up to a Call Night closing date, students wishing to be called to the Bar are required to meet a Master of the Bench who can propose their call.

Once the student has met a Master of the Bench and had the Proposal for the Bar form signed, then the full application should be submitted to the Education & Training Department, with a CV and a cheque for the fee (£75) made payable to the Inner Temple. Online preferences for Call ceremonies should also be indicated via the Inner Temple Portal as detailed in the guidelines. Tickets to the ceremony will be purchased approximately two weeks prior to the event.

Those studying for the BPTC should receive information on how to apply for Call and an application form by February of the BPTC year. If you have not received an information pack by the middle of February, you can download forms from this website or contact the Education & Training Department.

The 2017 Call Nights are:

  • Hilary Term Call Night - Thursday 9 March 2017
  • Trinity Term Call Night - Thusrday 27 July 2017
  • Deferred Trinity Term Call Night - Thursday 12 October 2017
  • Michaelmas Term Call Night – Thursday 23 November 2017


Call Night

On Call Night students must arrive at Inner Temple Hall at 5pm to register and their guests need to go directly to the Temple Church. The ceremony begins promptly at 6pm, when the Masters of the Bench process into the Church.

During the ceremony each student's name is called out by the Sub-Treasurer in the order in which they were admitted to the Inn. If a student has gained an Outstanding in the Vocational Course results then their names are put to the top of the list. After all the students have been called, the Treasurer gives a speech.

The ceremony is followed by a champagne reception in the Hall for students, their guests and the Masters of the Bench. The evening usually ends at 8.30pm.

For further information please contact Kerry Upham.

Dress for Call

Students being Called:

  • Dark suit for men and women
  • Women: White wing-collared shirt or a Mandarin Collar Shirt or a Ladies Tunic. You will need to purchase bands separately - all require bands. Alternatively, a Collarette with a top underneath - you do not need to buy bands for this as they are already attached. You can wear any colour top underneath as long as it does not show through the Collarette.
  • Men: White wing-collared shirt or a Tunic Shirt - both require bands.

The bands and shirts may be bought from a number of tailors including:

Ede & Ravenscroft
93-94 Chancery Lane
London WC2A 1DU
Tel. 020 7405 3906
Stanley Ley
23 Fleet Street
London EC4Y 1AA
Tel. 020 7353 3533
You do not need a wig or gown.
Gowns will be provided at registration by the Inn on the day of call. Wigs are provided by the photographers for the photos only. Wigs are not allowed to be worn during the ceremony.
Please contact the tailors directly for any questions on dress.


Guests do not have to wear dark colours but smart attire is requested.

Call Application Downloads

You can download the Call forms below. You will need to read the Call guidelines thoroughly before you start your application. If you do not know a Master of the Bench to propose you, you will need to send copies of two references in the first instance. Further information can be found in the Call guidelines.

Once we have received a completed application (with the Proposal to the Bar form signed by a Master of the Bench), we will send you a confirmation by email. Please ensure you have included an up-to-date email address on your forms and that our email addresses are stored in your address folder so the Inn's emails are accepted.

Please note that your Call place is not confirmed until you receive a email confirmation from us.

Call application downloads

If you are a student and wish to apply for the Call to the Bar ceremonies later in 2017, please read the downloads below carefully and complete and return the required forms:

The closing date for BPTC students is 28 April 2017.

If you are a transferring solicitor or academic please contact Kerry Upham.