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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.

From Monday 2 December to late January all the Inns will be closed to new admissions.  This is to allow for the introduction of new admission rules and forms.  An exact date when admissions will re-open will be published nearer the time.

If your application was posted to arrive before Monday 2 December but received after this point it will still be processed.  If your application is posted to arrive after Monday 2 December it will be held on file until January but you will be required to provide additional documents in line with the new rules.  These will be sent to you in January.

If you are a transferring lawyer or other specially qualified applicant please contact our Registrar, Andrew Smith, for more information.

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

Students

From Monday 2 December until late January all the Inns will be closed to new admissions.  This is to allow for the introduction of new admission rules and forms. Details will be available shortly. 

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, Andrew Smith 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“.