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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:

Northern Ireland

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.

Temporary Call

Rule 20 Temporary Membership

Schedule 4A Rule 20: MEMORIAL, DECLARATION AND UNDERTAKING FOR TEMPORARY MEMBERSHIP OF THE INN OF COURT OF NORTHERN IRELAND AND OF THE BAR OF NORTHERN IRELAND

Application Form - Temporary Membership

Temporary Call Pro Forma Letter

Temporary Practising Certificate Pro Forma Letter

Application Form - Temporary Practising Certificate

Payment Advice

If you require further information please contact lisa.mayes@barofni.org or call 02890562055


Discretionary and Resuming Practice Committee

If you require further information please contact lisa.mayes@barofni.org or call 02890562055


2020 Exemption Applications

The Exemption Committee has decided to postpone the March Exemptions process until further notice as a result of COVID-19 and the unprecedented disruption which this has caused to the business operations. We will advise in due course when the next opportunity to apply for Exemption will be, but it will be timed to coincide with the rescheduled Hilary Call.

We apologise for any inconvenience which this may cause and appreciate your cooperation.

Please contact Daniel McLaughlin for more information relating to both Exemption and Membership.