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Joining the Inn

Joining an Inn is one of the first steps you take in your career at the Bar. Students must join one of the four Inns before commencing the Bar Course, and can only apply to join one of the Inns.

It is important that those considering a career at the Bar are very clear about the challenges they might face once they start on that path.

Admission to Lincoln’s Inn is £110. This is a one off payment for lifetime membership. Due to current circumstances, payments should be made online.

You are required to join an Inn at least 12 weeks before the start date of your Bar Course. We advise joining at least 12 weeks before the month your Bar Course starts. (e.g. If starting your Bar Course in September, aim to join an Inn by early June. This will allow time for us to check that all your admission documents are in order in good time before the deadline). The 12 week deadline replaces the previous 31 May deadline. 

If you are a barrister and would like to join as an ad eundem member then please visit our Ad Eundem Membership page.

Students

Student applications are now open. All admission forms can be found on the right hand side of this page. Please ensure that you read the guidance fully before completing your documentation. If the forms do not open, please email the Registrar.

Due to current conditions, all forms must be emailed in for approval first. Please do not post documents until you have have been asked to do so by the Inn.

Please note: We no longer require two references for admission.

If you have any queries about the forms, please email andrew.smith@lincolnsinn.org.uk.

Transferring Lawyers and Specially Qualified Applicants

Before applying to join Lincoln’s Inn as a Transferring Lawyer or Specially Qualified Applicant you must first satisfy the Bar Standards Board (BSB) that you are qualified to join the Bar of England and Wales.

The BSB has different processes for:

  • Qualified foreign lawyers
  • Legal Academics
  • European Lawyers
  • Solicitors

You can also apply for Temporary Call to the Bar and will also need to contact the BSB.

All applicants are advised to contact our Registrar, Andrew Smith by email to discuss their application, as each case is different and they will advise you how to proceed.

Applicants can also find the BSB’s forms, along with more important information about practice at the Bar of England and Wales, on their website under “Qualifying as a barrister”. For information from the Bar Standards Board regarding the BTT, please visit here.

All admission forms can be found on the right hand side of this page. Please ensure that you read the guidance fully before completing your documentation. If the forms do not open, please email the Registrar.

Due to current conditions, all forms must be emailed in for approval first. Please do not post documents until you have been asked to do so by the Inn. 

Please note: We no longer require two references for admission.

If you have any queries about the forms, please email andrew.smith@lincolnsinn.org.uk.

FAQs

I posted my documents at the start of the year (Jan – Apr)  but have not received details on my admission I

Due to the lockdown, some admission papers that were posted/handed to the Inn may not yet have been processed. Please email details to andrew.smith@lincolnsinn.org.uk and this can be looked in to. The Inn will be able to provide ways to ensure you are admitted before any joining deadlines arrive.

Where can I learn more about the rules of joining the Inn?

The requirements for admission to the Inns of Court are set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Inns and the Bar Standards Board, the Joint Inns’ Education and Qualification Rules, the Guidelines for determining if a person is Fit and Proper to become a practising barrister and the Bar Qualification Manual. We recommend that you view these, as well as read the guidance below, before completing your forms. These can be found on the ‘How We Operate’ section of the website.

Where can I find the admission forms?

Admission forms can be downloaded from the right hand side of this page. Please read the relevant “Joining Lincoln’s Inn – Guidance Notes’ in full before starting your application for admission.

How do I send documents via email?

Please send your documents as attachments to an email. Do not send them as pictures within the body of an email as these are sometimes unreadable. Also, please ensure your full admission request is contained in one email.

I have emailed my documents but haven’t received any confirmation of admission

Please allow three weeks for your documents to be processed. Only chase them up before this time if it is urgent.

Do I have to submit two references for admission?

References for admission are no longer required

How do I pay my fee?

Due to current conditions, all payments can be made online. Await instructions from Andrew Smith or Mark Leja after you have emailed in your forms.

I can’t certify the copies of my degree/ID

We appreciate that obtaining certified copies of documents may not be possible at this time. We will accept scanned copies of your degree status and official photo identification when sending via email. Certified copies must be obtained for the hardcopies of your admission documents when the Inn requests the paper versions to be sent.