Student members are required to complete twelve qualifying sessions before they can be called to the Bar. This rule is laid down in the Bar Training Regulations. All qualifying sessions must be educational and collegiate, and compliment formal training during the BPTC (Bar Professional Training Course). All qualifying sessions also provide you with opportunities to learn more about the profession, meet peers on the BPTC and network with all levels of membership within the Inn. Students must take part in all elements to be accredited. Attendance at the Call Day counts as the twelfth qualifying session, should you wish to be called in absence then you will be required to complete all twelve qualifying sessions. Do plan and think carefully about which qualifying sessions you wish to attend so that you do not need to fit a large number in at the end of the academic year, particularly if you will be observing a religious festival during the course of the qualifying sessions programme.
In order to book for qualifying sessions, please log in to the Online Booking System. If you have not used the system before you will need to register and create a password. It is recommended that you change this to something memorable when you log in for the first time. If you need to reset your passport at any point please use the link on the login page to do so. Payment is taken via Sage Pay, which accepts all major credit and debit cards.
When students book on to an event they should consider it a professional commitment. Students who book on to an event and fail to show up without giving prior notice will need to explain themselves to the Education Department. If necessary, the student will be referred to a bencher of the Inn and it may affect eligibility to be called to the Bar.
Types of Qualifying Sessions
Introductory talks for new BPTC students.
(Outside of London Students)
Introductory talks for new BPTC students over the course of two days.