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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 Professional Training Course (BPTC) 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. Please read the information available to download from this page.

There is also information on joining the Inn on this page if you are a transferring lawyer or other specially qualified applicant.

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


How to Apply

Students are required to complete the Admission Pack (downloadable from the right-hand side of this page) and return it to June Gascoine, Registrar, The Treasury Office, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL. Please note that we only accept original hard copies of the forms. If you submit your application by post, please ensure you affix the correct postage when sending in your forms, as the Inn will not pay any excess charge due upon delivery of post.


Students commencing the BPTC course in 2019 must be a member of an Inn of court by Friday 31 May 2019. We therefore strongly recommend you submit your application by 3 pm on Wednesday 17 April 2019.

Please note that applications must be received in our office by 3 pm on Friday 31 May 2019, if you are commencing the BPTC in September 2019 (original hard copies, no scanned or faxed documents).

No late applications will be accepted.


For the past two years, the Bar Standards Board has published a report on BPTC Key Statistics. These statistics provide information about the profile and diversity of students embarking on the BPTC, what grades they achieved, and whether or not they were successful in obtaining pupillage after completing the course.  An analysis is set out of how students fared at each of the BPTC providers, and the differences between those studying full-time and part-time.

Transferring Lawyers and Specially Qualified

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, June Gascoine by email to discuss their application, as each case is different and she 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“.