Call to the Bar
All details on 2021 Call to the Bar will be added to this page once confirmed. Due to the national Covid restrictions for England, announced on Monday 4 January, the February 2021 Call will be fully in absence. At present, March Call 2021 is also likely to be in absence, however the Inn will continue to monitor the situation and regulations and confirm this when possible.
To register your interest in February 2021 Call, please complete this short webform. This is a form so we can contact you with details of when the bookings for February open.
Booking information for future Calls has not yet been announced but will be added here when known.
To accommodate the untypical exam pattern caused by the COVID crisis in 2020, the Inns have agreed an additional published Call date in Hilary 2021. The published Call dates will be
- The second Thursday in February (11 February 2021)
- The fourth Thursday in March (25 March 2021)
The reason being that the Call date for all those students who successfully completed the Bar Course with the exams in October 2020 should be as early as possible in order to allow them to take the next step in their careers.
As per the Joint Inns’ Education & Qualification Rules, individual Inns are not obliged to provide ceremonies corresponding to each of these dates.
The Inn always aims to hold Calls in Person however we continue to follow UK government guidance and act accordingly. We are accepting Call Declarations to be posted to the Inn now ahead of 2021 Calls. Deadlines for these to be received can be found below.
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 February, March and May 2021 Call periods are now welcome to submit their Call Declaration to the Inn.
The new Call Declaration can be downloaded from this page.
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 March or May Call periods, you may submit your declaration to us now. Call Declarations remain valid for a period of 12 months from date of signing.
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.
Friday 29th January 2021
Friday 19th February 2021
Call Day Fee
The Call Day fee is currently £100. Please note that this is reviewed annually and changes to the fee apply from July Call each year.
The Call In Absentia fee is £50. Please note that this is reviewed annually and changes to the fee apply from July Call each year.
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 usually undertaken via Eventbrite and students who have submitted their Call Declaration can start the process once registration opens.
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 who submitted a Call Declaration prior to 31st March 2020 will need to supply a new Call declaration. If in doubt, please email the Registrar.
Are references required?
References are no longer required for Call.