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 find out more about the scheme, please send an email to bps@barcouncil.org.uk or contact Ben Burns on 020 7611 1430.

If you or your chambers would be interested in hosting a student, please send an email to bps@barcouncil.org.uk, or contact Ben Burns on 020 7611 1430.

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 2017 iteration of the Scheme.

Click here to read an article by Janet Bazley QC, on the success and importance of the Bar Placement Scheme.