Call to the Bar
At present, July Call ceremonies are planned to go ahead as normal. The Inn is closely monitoring government advice regarding events, and any changes will be issued to this page in due course. The Inn has also started to create contingency plans should we need to cancel a Call ceremony.
We anticipate that the earliest that current students can get Called to the Bar will be November 2020 due to the postponement of centralised exams. The Inn has arranged a second additional Call Day for this period. Those looking to be Called between July 2020 and March 2021 are now welcome to send in their completed Call Declaration to the Inn. It is a requirement that these are submitted as a signed hard copy. The Inn is currently following UK Government guidelines and therefore we will be unable to check documents until restrictions have been lifted. Please rest assured that any declarations posted to the Inn will arrive safely and securely in the meantime. Please also follow your local government advice and do not make unnecessary journeys to post documents as deadlines are not yet close. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar.
When student members have successfully completed their Bar Course and their required minimum of qualifying sessions, they may be called to the Bar. The Call Day consists of a formal ceremony followed by a champagne reception.
Every student who is being called to the Bar must attend the reception on their Call Day, receiving 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).
Students wishing to be Called during the 2020/2021 Academic year (July Call 2020, October Call 2020, November Call 2020 and March Call 2021) are now welcome to register their interest and submit their Call Declaration to the Inn.
Register your interest here.
The new Call Declaration can be downloaded from the right-hand side of this page.
Please do not post your Call Declaration to the Inn at this moment. Instead, please send a PDF version to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please save your PDF using your Membership Number as the name of the document.
Submitting your Declaration to us does not mean that you have priority to a particular Call Day, as places will still be offered on a first come, first served process, as with previous years. Only those who have submitted their Declarations by the dates set out below are eligible to book a Call Day. Please see the ‘Deadlines’ section below.
If you are interested in being Called by the Inn during the October, November or March Call periods, you may submit your declaration to us at any point from 16th March onwards. Call Declarations remain valid for a period of 12 months from date of signing.
Please note: If you have previously submitted a declaration for a previous Call, you will need to complete and send a copy of the new declaration. References for Call to the Bar will not be required for Calls from July 2020 onwards.
Please see below for the deadlines to submit your Call Declaration. If you have not submitted a Call Declaration before a deadline below, you will not be eligible for that Call.
26th and 30th November and 1st December
Dates to be confirmed
Friday 15th May 2020
Friday 14th August 2020
Friday 18th September 2020
Call Day Fee
The Call Day fee is £100. For those booking July 2020 Call, this will not be payable until your BPTC results have been released.
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 member will need to attend an interview to ensure their suitability to be called as a barrister.
Call 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 your minimum number of 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 qualifying sessions before you leave the UK at the end of your Bar Course. The fee for Call in absentia is £50. Call in absentia is only granted in exceptional circumstances and must be requested by contacting our Registrar, Andrew Smith.
It has come to our attention over the last couple of years that non-European Union (EU) students are having greater difficulty in obtaining visas to come over to complete their qualifying sessions and attend their Call Day. 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 qualifying sessions before leaving.
Call registration is undertaken via Eventbrite and students who have submitted their Call Declaration can start the process once registration opens. Bookings for July 2020 Call will open during w/c 1st June 2020.
There is more than one ceremony held on different dates for most of the Call Days. 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 of the dates specified for the term you choose.
BPTC and Bar Course Results
The Inn will receive your results directly from your Bar Course Provider. Those resitting their examinations or taking first sit examinations in August will be able to be called to the Bar 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 Inn if they wish to be entered for a future call.
Supporting Letters for Visas
Is my previous Call Declaration still valid?
Due to changes brought in, all students wishing to be Called will need to supply a new Call declaration.
Are references required?
References are no longer required for Call.