Becoming a Barrister
Entry to the Bar of Northern Ireland is traditionally based on merit and is highly selective - only the best succeed.
How do I become a Barrister?
The path to becoming a barrister in Northern Ireland will differ depending on where you study, qualify and complete your pupillage training. There are different pathways for those who have trained as barristers in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or England and Wales. A different procedure exists for solicitors who wish to re-qualify as barristers or those who wish to transfer from European jurisdictions. In general, the following steps apply:
1. Complete a qualifying law degree.
2. Complete the Bar Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Studies at the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queen’s University, Belfast (IPLS).
3. Call to the Bar of Northern Ireland and complete a 12 month pupillage.
For further information please contact the Clerk to the Under Treasurer of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland on 028 9056 2349.
The Benchers have produced guidelines to Students of the Inn of Court on Engaging in any Other Occupation.
Meetings of the Temporary Call Committee are proposed as follows:
22nd January 2020
20th May 2020
Discretionary and Resuming Practice Committee
Meetings of the Discretionary and Resuming Practice Committee are proposed as follows:
Monday 24 September 2019
Thursday 21 November 2019
If you require further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02890562055
2020 Exemption Applications
The application for Exemption from Bar Library Membership process is available as follows:
Application process opens Tuesday 22 October 2019 with deadline for return of Friday 8 November 2019, guaranteeing decision by 1 January 2020.
Application process opens Monday 2 March 2020 with deadline for return of Monday 23 March 2020, guaranteeing decision by 13 April 2020.
Application process opens Monday 10 August 2020 with deadline for return of Monday 7 September 2020, guaranteeing decision by 1 October 2019.
No new applications to be considered until the opening of the cycle in mid October 2020 for the following exemption year in 2021.