When the essay is submitted and at the date of the close of the competition, the applicant must satisfy one or more of the following criteria:
- A person who is undertaking a pupillage, as defined in the Bar Qualification Manual of the Bar Standards Board (see Section 4A in particular), which is registered with the Bar Standards Board. Please note: Pupils undertaking a third six pupillage or probationary tenancy (or howsoever termed) are not eligible. An applicant who met the eligibility criteria at the time of submitting
their essay who commences tenancy before the deadline has closed will remain eligible to enter.
- A person who holds an offer of such a pupillage registered in the years 2023-2025.
- A person who:
- is undertaking the academic component of training for the Bar. This means currently study for a degree in law or undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law course (or other conversion course) during the academic session 2022/23, or will be doing so during the academic
session 2023/24. We will accept essay entries from applicants whose academic course has started in January 2023. The academic component must be a law degree that satisfies the academic component of Bar training (see Sections 2A and 2B of the The Bar Qualification Manual) ahead of undertaking the vocational component of training for the Bar. The applicant must also have a settled intention to become a practising member of the Bar of England and Wales; or
- is undertaking the vocational component of training for the Bar with an Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO) during the academic session 2022/23 or will be doing so during the academic session 2023/24; or
- is in the process of transferring to the Bar, as demonstrated by (for example) completion of, or enrolment on, the Bar Transfer Test; or
- is undertaking an integrated academic and vocational course with an AETO as recognised by the Bar Standards Board, during the academic session 2022/23, or will be doing so during the academic session 2023/24 with a settled intention to become a practising member of the Bar of England and Wales.
- A person who is actively seeking pupillage and are eligible to do pupillage having completed the vocational component (e.g. the Bar Course, the Bar/Barrister Training Course, the Bar Practice Course, the Bar Vocational Course, the Bar Vocational Studies or Bar Professional Training Course within the last five years).
On law degrees, conversion courses and Master's degrees - please note:
- Law degrees and conversion courses must comply with the Bar Standards Board's requirements.
- Master’s degrees (other than the GDL) do not automatically form part of the academic component of training for the Bar, unless combined with the academic or vocational component. Accordingly, undertaking a Master’s degree does not render a person eligible to enter.