Bar Placement Scheme

The Bar Placement Scheme allows students to spend up to four days shadowing a 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.

Apply for the Bar Placement Scheme

The 2024 dates will be announced in early 2024. Applications for 2023 closed on Friday 28 April 2023.


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.

Bar Placement Scheme Blog Competition winners

Each year, we invite students to submit a short blog describing their experiences during the week. We are consistently overwhelmed with the quality of responses.


Bar Placement Scheme 2023: "unpredictable, fast-paced, and thrilling" by Amina Yaasiin Ahmed

Amina Yaasiin Ahmed shares her experience on the Bar Placement Scheme, shadowing barristers and watching a trial in the High Court - and what she's learned from her week immersed in the Bar.

Bar Placement Scheme 2023: "Every preconception I had was incorrect" by Harry Folland

Read Harry Folland's reflections on his week with the Bar Placement Scheme, and how it challenged his ideas about what life at the Bar is really like.



Blog: Bar Placement Scheme 2022 made me sure this career is for me

Anaya Ricketts says she has picked up 'invaluable knowledge and experience'

Blog: Bar Placement Scheme 2022 an 'eye-opening experience that gave me new skills'

Eshal Waseem reflects on her time with Brick Court Chambers in London


Read placement stories by previous participants