Qualifying as a barrister

Welcome to the "Qualifying as a barrister" section of our website. The Bar Standards Board is responsible for setting the education and training requirements for those who wish to qualify and practise as a barrister in England and Wales.

Here, you can find out more about how to become a barrister in England and Wales and the various components in the current qualification process. You can also find out about the process of transferring to the Bar from practice overseas, or from practice as a solicitor in England and Wales.

The information in these webpages explains the current route to qualification as a barrister.

If you would like to read about the changes in one place - rather than interspersed across the website - please visit our Future Bar Training webpages.

For more information on a career as a barrister, please visit the Bar Council's careers webpages.