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Joining the Inn

This page details the process of applying to join the Inn. Please view the sections below for Students or Transferring Lawyers. These contain guidance packs which should be read in full before starting your application. Some frequently asked questions can also be found at the foot of this page. These are updated regularly.

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

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 ‘Governance‘ section of the website.

Students

Applications for students to join the Inn are now open through our new online application portal. To start your application, please download and read our Application Guidance Pack here.

Once you have completed the form, you will be required to post the necessary paperwork to the Inn. Upon approval, a link to make the admission fee payment will be sent to you. Your membership will begin once the membership payment has been completed.

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

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

Transferring Lawyers and Specially Qualified Applicants

Applications for Transferring Lawyers to join the Inn are now open through our new online application portal. To start your application, please download and read our Application Guidance Pack here.

Once you have completed the form, you will be required to post the necessary paperwork to the Inn. Upon approval, a link to make the admission fee payment will be sent to you. Your membership will begin once the membership payment has been completed.

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

Once you have completed the online form, you will be required to post the necessary paperwork to the Inn. Upon approval, a link to make the admission fee payment will be sent to you. Your membership will begin once the membership payment has been completed.

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

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

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

Applicants can 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.

From September 2020, all transferring lawyers must complete ten Qualifying Sessions with the Inn ahead of Call to the Bar. For details on applying for a waiver from certain qualifying sessions, please see our dedicated page at https://www.lincolnsinn.org.uk/student-members/qualifying-sessions/qualifying-session-waivers-modifications/

Proof of Membership Letters

Proof of membership letters can be downloaded via your student profile on the online portal once your admission is completed. This letter is for those who have not yet been Called to the Bar.

FAQs

How much is the admission fee to join Lincoln’s Inn

The admission fee is £115.

When is the deadline to join the Inn?

You must join the Inn no later than 12 weeks before the start of your Bar Course. If you are based overseas we recommend taking into account possible postage delays to ensure that your paperwork arrives before the deadline.

Do I have to submit two references for admission?

References for admission are no longer required

How do I pay my fee?

All admission fee payments will be accessed via the admission portal once your application is approved. Once you have been admitted to the Inn you will receive instructions on how to access our payment portal.

Can I make my payment to join the Inn before sending in the documents?

Unfortunately not. We can only raise the payment to your account upon receipt of your completed admission paperwork.

Can I submit my documents via email instead of post?

Due to requiring original ink signatures and certified documents, we can only accept application paperwork sent via post.