Bar Placement Scheme

The Bar Placement Scheme allows students to spend up to four days shadowing their barrister in chambers and in court. Participants receive advocacy training from the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. This is an excellent opportunity to build up your skills and CV, and to work out whether a career at the Bar would be suitable for you. In 2022, there are placements available in Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Hull, London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Sheffield, and Swansea.

Applications are now closed for this year's Bar Placement Week 4-8 July 2022, though we are seeking additional applications for the following:

  • Sixth-form or college students over 18 (i.e., year 13 or equivalent) for placements in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds
  • Sixth-form or college students 16-18 (i.e., year 12 or 13, or equivalent) for placements in Hull, Sheffield and Chester

If you would like to apply for one of these placements, please contact by Monday 6 June 2022.


The Bar Council is grateful to the Council of the Inns of Court, the Inns of Court College of Advocacy and the four Inns of Court for supporting the Bar Placement Scheme.

Read an article by a previous participant who completed a placement in London, and one student's account of their placement in Manchester.

If you are a barrister and your chambers would be interested in hosting a student, please email us or call 020 7611 1396.