How to join the Inn

There are four Inns of Court: the Honourable Societies of the Inner Temple, Gray's Inn, Lincoln's Inn and Middle Temple. The Inns are colleges of Barristers dating back to medieval times and each one has its own history, traditions and character.

The highest ranking members of the Inn are the Masters of the Bench. They are the governing body and are generally Judges or eminent counsel. The Treasurer of the Inn is the most senior Bencher and his term of office lasts one year. The Reader is his deputy and usually his successor.

Before completing the two application forms required for membership of the Inner Temple, it is worth reading the excerpt from the four Inns' Consolidated Regulations regarding the necessary qualifications.

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