Entry requirements for the ICCA Bar Course

The ICCA Bar Course entry requirements are focussed on attainment, not status, as part of our Fair Admissions Policy. If you’ve completed a law degree or a Graduate Diploma in Law, are passionate about becoming a barrister and want the best chance of securing pupillage, the ICCA’s Bar Course will allow you to stand out from the crowd.

To study on Part One of the ICCA Bar Course you must meet the following entry requirements by the time you enrol:

  • An acceptable law degree awarded at a minimum level of Upper Second Class (2:1); or a degree in any other subject awarded at a minimum level of Lower Second Class (2:2) together with a Graduate Diploma in Law with a Commendation or a Distinction.
  • A pass in the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT).
  • Exercise good English language skills.

To continue onto Part Two of the ICCA Bar Course you must meet the following additional entry requirements before enrolment:

  • Membership of an Inn of Court
  • A pass in the centralised BSB assessments (contained in Part One of the ICCA Bar Course)

Time limits and ‘stale’ qualifications

To be eligible for enrolment, students must commence the ICCA Bar Course within five years of 31 December of the year in which they completed their academic component (i.e. their undergraduate law degree or GDL). This is a BSB requirement designed to prevent students proceeding to Bar training with out-of-date legal knowledge.