We aim to ensure that vocational training and pupillage equip barristers for success in the profession, and that barristers develop and maintain the skills they need to sustain and advance their practice. For more advice and guidance, read our 'Becoming a barrister' brochure, co-produced with the Inns of Court.

The Council of the Inns of Court


The Bar Council's activities, events, opportunities and resources promoting careers at the Bar are supported by The Council of the Inns of Court.

School and college students

How do you become a barrister?

University students and graduates

Explore the stages of training for the Bar, training providers, and work experience

Pupil barristers

Learn more about the pupillage - the third and final stage to joining the Bar.

Starting at the Bar: your essential guide (2023)

Written by the The Bar Council’s Young Barristers' Committee (YBC) , this guide offers answers to your questions and signposts to a vast array of resources.

Becoming a barrister brochure

This brochure introduces you to life as a barrister - one of the most dynamic and challenging careers available.

Barristers' Working Lives

This major survey of the Bar explores the lived experience of working as a barrister.


Profiling the experiences of barristers from "non-traditional" backgrounds