Students are required to attend 12 qualifying sessions before being Called to the Bar. Qualifying sessions include dining, lecture nights, residential weekends and advocacy workshops. On this page you will find information about how to book your qualifying sessions, dress code, dietary requirements and other details.
When you book on to an event you 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 their eligibility to be Called to the Bar.
Booking generally opens approximately three weeks prior to the commencement of each term.
Qualifying sessions can be booked in two ways; online via the Inn’s website or in person at the Treasury Office. No bookings are taken over the telephone.
With the exception of local qualifying sessions for outside London students, all qualifying sessions must be purchased through the Treasury Office. Students are not allowed to sell their bookings to other students.
Confirmed dates for each term will be publicised via the online booking system during the previous term.
The Online Booking System can be accessed through the Inn’s website (Education > Qualifying Sessions). If you wish to book online, please visit the online booking system to register and you will be emailed a password. It is recommended that you change this to something more memorable when you login for the first time. If you forget your password at any time please use the link on the online booking system login page to reset your password.
Payment is made using Sage Pay which accepts all major credit and debit cards. Tickets can either be posted to your address or collected from the Treasury Office.
Booking in person at the Treasury Office
Students who wish to book in person may book at the Treasury Office Monday to Friday 10.00 am - 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm - 3.30 pm. When booking in person you may pay by cash, cheque or debit/credit card. Debit, Switch, MasterCard, Access and Visa cards are accepted but NOT American Express or Diners. Cheques should be made payable to “Lincoln's Inn”. Please note cheques which are not honoured and returned by the bank will carry a £5.00 administration charge.
The Inn can provide Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian options during events where meals and canapes are served. If you have any special dietary requirements or allergies you must indicate when booking online. Please note that no pork, beef, shellfish or gelatine will be served at qualifying session events. Students that are only able to eat Kosher meals, should book their qualifying sessions in the usual way but must contact the Reception Student Dining Manager to make the necessary arrangements for their meals once they have booked. Halal food is not served at qualifying session events.
Booking deadlines and cancellation policy
Please note that all qualifying sessions will close at least five working days in advance of the event.
If you wish to cancel a booking for a qualifying session, notice must be given to the Education Department. For all qualifying sessions, with the exception of residential weekends, advocacy workshops and ethics workshops, notice must be given five clear working days in advance of the event. For residential weekends, advocacy workshops and ethics workshops, ten clear working days’ notice must be given. Failure to comply with this cancellation policy will mean that no refunds will be given.
If you are unable to attend an event due to illness, a doctor’s certificate must be provided for a refund to be issued.
Registering your attendance
Students are required to complete all the registration processes at each event they attend to receive their qualifying sessions. At most sessions students are required to sign a signature sheet at the end of the event to record their attendance. Your name plus your membership number must be given. The process for some qualifying sessions may vary but members of the Inn’s staff or your Student Representatives will be on hand to help.
Failure to complete the relevant registration process will mean that the occasion will not be counted as a qualifying session. It is not permitted to register on behalf of another student. Any disregard for this rule will result in disciplinary action being taken.
The dress code is basically what you would be permitted to wear in Court. Students should wear a dark suit, shirt and a dark tie or blouse. A dark dress or skirt should be of appropriate length and worn with a jacket. When gowns are required for a qualifying session, they will be made available in the cloakrooms. They must be returned at the end of the evening. Entry will be refused to any student who is not dressed appropriately.
Lateness and Non-Attendance
Latecomers will not be awarded a qualifying session. Students should arrive promptly, so allow ample time for travel to the Inn. For all qualifying sessions there is an arrival time, when the doors open or registration takes place depending on the type of event, and a start time when the event will commence. If you arrive at or after the start time you will not be credited with the qualifying session.
Lecture & Domus Dinner
Advocacy or Ethics Workshop in London
(outside London times vary)
Advocacy & Ethics Day
6.00 pm on Friday
6.30 pm on Friday
4.00 pm on Sunday
* The finish times are provided as a guide and may vary
In order to be credited with the qualifying session/s for any event you must stay until the end of the event. A finish time will be specified but for any session that includes dinner this means after the second Grace has been said or once the debate has finished.
Qualifying Session Charges
Charges with effect from 1 September 2018:
Introductory Afternoon for London Students
Introductory Weekend for Students Outside of London
Lecture Night with Domus Dinner
Advocacy & Ethics Day
Legal Research Seminar
Local Qualifying Sessions (for Outside of London Students)