The ICCA is the training arm of the Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) and provides high quality educational provision to aspiring Barristers not just through the ICCA Bar Course but to those currently studying at undergraduate level or the GDL.
As such, we provide assistance free of charge to students through university Bar/Law Societies and University Careers Services across the UK, as well as directly through this website. Our outreach activities consist of presentations and workshops, but we are happy to develop bespoke presentations and workshops where there is demand.
The COVID-19 pandemic means that we all have to adapt to changing advice and restrictions.
Undeterred, we remain committed to meeting as many of our prospective students as possible and will be delighted to meet you remotely through webinars and online law fairs, workshops & presentations.
The ICCA attends universities across the UK to give presentations, advice and workshops of interest to students considering a career at the Bar, including Bar training, building your Bar CV, applying for pupillage, advocacy and interview techniques.
We also conduct webinars and workshops to allow you to attend remotely from any location, to take part and to ask any questions you may have.
During October and November 2020 we will conduct a series of webinars and workshops for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as career changers, who are interested in training for the Bar, enabling you to improve your advocacy skills, build your Bar CV and get to know more about the ICCA Bar Course and how to apply.
Webinar registration from 1 October 2020.
Tuesday 27 October 2020, 1-2pm – Success in Advocacy for Future Barristers.
With a focus on the fundamentals of effective advocacy, this webinar is designed to improve your advocacy skills for mooting & pupillage applications, including formulating persuasive submissions, using legislation & case law and dealing with judges’ questions. This webinar will be followed by individual advocacy workshops (see the Workshops section below).
Tuesday 3 November 2020, 1-2pm – Applying for the ICCA Bar Course.
Live Q&A. Designed to take you through the application process for the ICCA Bar Course from start to finish, from entry requirements and shortlisting to our selection days for shortlisted candidates. You will be introduced to our Fair Admissions Policy and the criteria we use to select candidates who are motivated, bright, dedicated and diligent with a realistic chance of attaining the standard required for an award of pupillage, irrespective of their social, cultural and economic background. You will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to ICCA staff.
Thursday 12 November 2020, 1-2pm – Building and enhancing your Bar CV
Live Q&A. With key insights from experienced barristers, the focus of this webinar is on how to create a CV which demonstrates those key skills and qualities which chambers are looking for. This webinar will be followed by individual CV workshops (see the Workshops section below).
Registration for Webinars is free and will open on 1 October 2020 and can be accessed from this page or through the Events page on this website.
This webinar will introduce you to the ICCA Bar Course and how we provide students with the vital practitioner skills required for pupillage. This webinar was broadcast on 20 October 2020.
See workshop registration details below.
These workshops are provided free of charge to undergraduate students, postgraduate students and career changers who are interested in training for the Bar.
Please note that we are unable to accept students who are currently taking Bar Vocational Training at any Authorised Education and Training Organisation.
Success in Advocacy Workshops – 27-29 October 2020 (Registration from 19 October)
Designed to improve your fundamental advocacy skills and prepare you for the challenges of mooting and pupillage applications, these workshops last for 20 minutes. Registration for the workshop will allow you access to a set of papers in a criminal case for use at the workshop. You will make submissions to the judge based upon the instructions contained in these papers. Our ICCA advocacy experts, all experienced barristers themselves, will then give you constructive feedback to allow you to improve your advocacy skills which are vital for a successful career at the Bar.
Success in Advocacy Workshops will take place on:
Registration for the Success in Advocacy Workshops is free and is now open. You can register through the Events page on this website.
Building and Enhancing Your Bar CV Workshops – 12 November 2020 (Registration from 26 October)
Following on from the Building and Enhancing Your Bar CV webinar, the ICCA will be conducting individual CV workshops. All you need to do is bring along your CV to your pre-booked session and receive feedback on where you might usefully improve your skills and experience to help you along the path to pupillage. Each session lasts for 20 minutes.
Success in Advocacy Workshops will take place on:
Registration for the CV Workshops is free and will open on Monday 26 October 2020 and can be accessed from this page or through the Events page on this website.
The ICCA also attends a number of law fairs where we are delighted to meet our prospective students and answer any questions you may have about the ICCA Bar Course.
You will find our website full of useful information concerning the ICCA Bar Course and the application process. Please browse through our pages which should answer the majority of questions you have.
Applications open 2 November 2020.
If you would like to register for updates, or if you have a Bar Course enquiry, please contact us here.