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Call

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 is 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.

Call Dates

Trinity 2017

Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 July

Deferred Trinity 2017

Tuesday 10 & Thursday 12 October

Michaelmas 2017

Thursday 23, Tuesday 28 November & Wednesday 29 November

Hilary 2018

TBC but likely to be Thursday 8 March

Registration

A number of formalities and documentation has to be completed before you can be Called. Registration for the 2017 Calls (July, October and November) will open at 8.30 am on Tuesday 14 March.  You are encouraged to apply promptly as demand is high and places are limited.  The Trinity Call in July is usually particularly popular. Please note that a number of places at the November Call are held in reserve for those required to undertake resits and will be released after the examination results are published in July. Those that have to undertake resits can also be Called in March 2018.

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).

You will be able to register for one Call only and if you register for more than one all your registrations will be void.  However, if you first choice is already fully booked you may join the waitlist for that Call but can also register for another Call if you wish.

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. 

Registration for July Call 

July Call is now fully booked and the waitlist for this Call is also full.  The next available Calls are October and November and you can register for one of these below.

Registration for October Call

Registration for November Call

Call Fees

The Call fee is £75 but is not payable until your BPTC results have been released. The fee for Call in absentia is currently being reviewed. Call in absentia is only granted in exception circumstances and must be requested by contacting our Registrar, June Gascoine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BPTC Result

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.

Qualifying Sessions

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.

Call Interviews

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.


If you have any queries about anything to do with Call, please contact June Gascoine on 02074051393 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .