Welcome to the Inn’s Education Department. If you are considering a career at the Bar or are a student member, pupil, new practitioner or advanced practitioner, we hope this section will be of service to you. The Inn offers in excess of £795,000 in scholarships and awards to assist students from all backgrounds coming to the Bar as well as those already established. The section marked Scholarships will provide you with further details.
Prospective Students are invited to visit us to take a tour of the Inn and discuss the nuts and bolts of coming to the Bar and what Gray’s Inn can offer with one of our Careers Advisers. Student Members may also want to take advantage of the Inn’s Careers Advice programme which includes assistance in improving covering letters, CVs and OLPAS forms; setting up mock interviews for pupillage and discussing options for practice in both the independent and employed Bar. Additionally, the Inn offers a scheme where barrister members of the Inn mentor students whilst they are undertaking the BPTC.
Students wishing to be Called to the Bar must undertake twelve of the Inn’s Qualifying Sessions (also known as Dining Sessions) within a two year period. Qualifying Sessions are both collegiate and educational in nature. Whilst all students are encouraged to join in the life of the Inn, we appreciate the logistical problems that some students studying outside of London will encounter. Therefore, students will find many opportunities to gain Qualifying Sessions both at the Inn, at the BPTC provider and during Inn sponsored student weekends away. We are fortunate to have many trained advocacy trainers who generously give of their time to support our student members in a variety of Inn programmes such as mooting, debating, advocacy training in witness handling, discussions on ethics and varied lectures on careers at the Bar and areas of law. Students can keep up to date on what is happening at the Inn by clicking on the Inn’s Calendar and Education Noticeboard .
The Inn’s Pupils are required by the Bar Standards Board to undertake compulsory advocacy training in order to fully qualify for practice at the Bar. The Gray’s Inn’s pupil course runs from October through early March and involves five stages which cover practice management, ethics, witness handling, legal argument, interlocutory exercises, work on skeleton arguments and culminate in a trial exercise held in early March at the Royal Courts of Justice.
New Practitioners within their first three years of practice are required to undertake further advocacy training. The Inn provides this training at away venues where each group of six NPs will work on two cases with a judge and two trained advocacy trainers. Click on the Inn’s Pupils Section to find out when the next Pupil Course begins or the Practitioners Section to download a schedule of the NP advocacy training weekends.
The Inn offers a full and varied CPD programme for Advanced Practitioners which includes lectures, debates and master classes ranging from talks on the Bill of Rights, debates on the Supreme Court, Questions and Answers with the Court of Appeal, Mediation Workshops and CPS qualified courses. All of these are worth CPD points and up to date information can be found by clicking on the Inn’s Calendar and Education Noticeboard .
The Inn’s Education Department is here to support the Inn’s members specifically and the Bar generally. We strive to offer programmes, practical training and other educational services as well as pastoral care of the highest standard. We hope, whether you are a prospective student or a member of the Inn, that you will find what you are looking for in this section and look forward to welcoming you to Gray’s Inn in the near future.
Director of Education