How to Become a Barrister

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Stage 1 - University

Please note: the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) was renamed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in 2010.

Year 1

  • Research legal profession (e.g. attend Inner Temple Question & Answer Day in June, arrange a tour of the Inn)
  • Apply for work experience (e.g. mini-pupillage in a chambers or work experience in a solicitors' firm)
  • Join Mooting and Debating societies at university. Get involved in other extra-curricular activities which will strengthen your communication skills (e.g. acting, journalism, public speaking and volunteering)

Year 2
(or Final Year for Non-Law Undergraduates)

  • Investigate funding possibilities for the law conversion course (CPE / GDL) or Bar Professional Training Course (e.g. Inner Temple Scholarships)
  • Check closing dates for applications to courses and funding (see Scholarships section)
  • Apply for mini-pupillages and other law-related work experience
  • Attend Legal Careers Fairs and Pupillage Fairs (March/April)
  • If applying for conversion course, initial round allocations are from February to mid-April (see Central Applications Board website for further details)
  • Enquire about pupillage applications (see Pupillage Gateway)
  • Obtain application details for BPTC

Final Year
(or Conversion Course Year for Non-Law Graduates)

  • Join Inner Temple (it is compulsory to join an Inn of Court before starting the BPTC)
  • Apply for BPTC through the Bar Student Application Service website
  • Apply for Inner Temple Scholarships by closing dates (first Friday in November)
  • Apply for pupillage via the Pupillage Gateway in March/April
  • Attend Pupillage Fairs