When you have successfully completed the BPTC and a minimum of 11 qualifying sessions you may be Called to the Bar. The Call consists of a ceremony followed by a champagne reception. Every student who is being Called to the Bar must attend the reception on their Call night and will then receive their final qualifying session. Any student who does not comply with this requirement may have their Call revoked. The only exception to this rule is for those who are being Called in their absence (in absentia).Call in absentia is only granted to international students or to UK students in very exceptional circumstances. To be Called in absentia you must have completed 12 qualifying sessions prior to your Call. If you are an international student and believe you may need to be Called in absence you should ensure you have completed your 12 qualifying sessions before you leave the UK at the end of your BPTC.
A number of formalities and documentation has to be completed before you can be Called. Registration for the March 2019 Call ceremony will open at 10 am on Wednesday 5 December and will be on a first come, first served basis. You are encouraged to apply promptly as demand is high and places are limited.
Registration will be taken via Eventbrite and you can start the process below once registration opens. You will need to register with some basic information and you will need to include your membership number. If you have an old style membership number (e.g. 101/94) please enter it with the year first (i.e. 94101). To register please follow the appropriate link below;
Once you have registered you will need to submit a Call Declaration and two letters of recommendation to secure your place at Call. There will be a time frame within which you must have submitted all these and if you do not, your registration will be cancelled and your place reallocated. You will receive a confirmation email when you have registered which will provide further information on these requirements.
There is more than one ceremony held on different dates for each of the Calls. You cannot choose which ceremony you attend, it will be allocated by the Inn and is determined by admission date. Please make sure you and any guests you wish to bring are available for all the dates specified for the term you choose. Once you have provided your Declaration and letters you will receive an acknowledgement email and will be advised as to when you will receive confirmation of the date you have been allocated and when you can pay for call fee and book and pay for guest tickets.
The next Call will be in July 2019.
The Inn will receive your BPTC result directly from your Provider. The Inn receives results in July and November.
Those required to resit their examinations or take first sit examinations in August will be able to be Called in November at the earliest. Should a student fail any of their exams after registering for Call, their application will be withdrawn. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the Treasury Office if they wish to be entered for a future Call.
You are required to complete twelve qualifying sessions as part of Call to the Bar (attendance at the ceremony and reception will count as your twelfth session). Please note that the Trinity term will be the last opportunity to dine before the July and October Call dates.
It has come to our attention over the last couple of years that non-EU students are having greater difficulty in obtaining visas to come over to complete their qualifying sessions and attend Call. We would, therefore, strongly recommend that if you reside outside of the EU and are likely to return home before Call that you complete your 12 qualifying sessions before leaving.
It may be necessary for some students to be interviewed by a Bencher of the Inn before they are eligible to be Called to the Bar. Students who regularly fail to attend booked qualifying sessions without good cause or behave inappropriately during their time as a student of the Inn will need to attend an interview to ensure they are suitable to be Called as a barrister.