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Joining the Inn

Student Admissions to the Inn will reopen on Monday 5 October, and close on Friday 13 November until early 2021. If you are starting your Bar Course between January and March 2021 you should apply to join the Inn during this window.

Admissions for Transferring lawyers have now reopened. Please see further details in the tab below.

If you are a GDL Scholar and wish to discuss your admission, please email andrew.smith@lincolnsinn.org.uk 

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 Admissions to the Inn will reopen on Monday 5 October, and close on Friday 13 November until early 2021. If you are starting your Bar Course between January and March 2021 you should apply to join the Inn during this window.

Applications for those wishing to start the Bar Course in September and October 2020 have now closed and cannot be accepted.

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

Transferring Lawyers and Specially Qualified Applicants

Applications for transferring solicitors/lawyers remains open, however the admission window will close on Friday 13 November until early 2021. From 1st September 2020, Transferring Lawyers are required to complete ten qualifying sessions and pass the required aspects of the BTT before being Called to the Bar. This applies to those who were admitted on or after the 1st September only.

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.

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.

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.

Proof of Membership Letters

If you require a proof of membership letter for your Bar Course admission procedure, please email the Registrar requesting this, making sure to include your membership number in the email. A PDF letter will be produced for you.

FAQs

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

The admission fee is £112.

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.

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?

All admission fee payments should be made online. Once you have been admitted to the Inn you will receive instructions on how to access our payment portal.