Bar Placement Scheme



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The Bar Placement Scheme pairs talented sixth form students, from non-traditional backgrounds for the Bar, with practising barristers. Students spend three days shadowing their barrister in chambers and in court. On the final day of the scheme, students attend talks by barristers and/or judges, and receive advocacy training from the Inns of Court College of Advocacy. Prizes are awarded for the best student advocates by a senior member of the Bar.

The Bar Placement Scheme runs twice annually:

  • In February half term for students from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester.

  • In the first or second week of July for students from London, Birmingham and Bristol. 

To deliver the Bar Placement Scheme, the Bar Council works with Pathways to Law, Aim Higher, the Social Mobility Foundation, ARK, the BLD Foundation and Big Voice. Places are awarded following the consideration of applications received via the above partners, including consideration of our social mobility criteria.

If you are a state educated sixth form student and would like to apply for the scheme independently, please see below for the relevant application forms. Please send an email to or telephone 020 7611 1396 for further information.

Birmingham application form

Bristol application form

London application form

If you or your chambers would be interested in hosting a student, please send an email to, or teleophone 020 7611 1396.

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


Click here to read a report on the July 2018 iteration of the Scheme.

Click here to read an article by a previous participant, on the success and importance of the Bar Placement Scheme.