Why the ICCA Bar Course?

Here are five reasons to become an ICCA Bar Course student

The ICCA was the first provider to be approved by the BSB

Our reputation

We have strong links to the profession which means you will:

  • benefit from visiting guest lectures, seminars and workshops from senior practitioners and the judiciary spanning a diverse range of practice areas
  • have the opportunity to earn one of the many Chambers-sponsored awards for modules on both parts of the Bar Course enabling successful students to enhance their CV, access one-to-one mentoring and gain mini-pupillage experience.
  • our awards are generously sponsored by sets such as Red Lion Chambers and Falcon Chambers. Our recent essay-writing competition was sponsored by Keating Chambers and the Guardian Newspaper.
  • access placements with ‘‘Advocate’ and ‘JUSTICE’ through our Careers programme and take part in one of the many internal and external moots via our selected Advocacy Committee members.

Applications to become an Advocacy Committee member are made just after enrolment and are assessed anonymously.

Our teaching takes place within the precincts of the Inns of Court which means you will:

  • share your environment with members of the profession every day
  • benefit from first-class training facilities
  • have easy access to the Inns’ world-class libraries as a place of private study and research
  • be able to dine in Hall and at the Inns’ bars enjoying Bar student discounted rates.

100% of ICCA students passed the BSB central assessments first time (2019/20 COHORT 1)

Our expertise and unrivalled quality

As a charity, we are focussed on quality and developing the highest calibre of new generation barristers:

  • The ICCA Bar Course is validated by King’s College London
  • The course is designed by practitioners and legal academics who, combined, hold over 130 years’ experience at the Bar
  • We have designed complementary learning outcomes and supporting materials to provide a high academic experience for all students
  • We offer 9 academic and module prizes, comprising opportunities for mini-pupillage and one-to-one mentoring as well as small cash awards.

ICCA awarded Certificate of Recognition from Bar Council for Wellbeing resources

Our student-centred approach

  • All in-person teaching is delivered in small groups of no more than 12. All advocacy and conference classes are in groups of 6. You will receive individual one-on-one time with your tutor.
  • We have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Bar Council for our commitment to the wellbeing of our students and bespoke materials are embedded into the ICCA Bar Course. All our students have access to counselling services via Health Assured.
  • Our Fair Admissions Policy is designed to encourage students from all backgrounds; applications are measured against fair and transparent criteria, and all admissions staff are fully trained in fair and inclusive admissions practices.

72% of ICCA students obtained a pupillage

Our pupillage and career support

We work with you to secure pupillage:

  • You will have access to our Director of Careers – a practising barrister – for one-to-one help with reviewing your pupillage applications
  • You can apply to join the Advocacy Committee and take part in internal and external mooting competitions to enhance your advocacy skills and build your CV
  • Our Careers Hub contains a wealth of advice on the interview process and specialist practice areas.

Our flexibility and affordability

We offer two start dates each year, September and January

  • You can complete Part One as a full-time, self-paced course, accessing the course content at any time of the day and from any location.

We are competitively priced

  • We offer a flexible payment schedule for Part Two
  • Course fees are payable on enrolment for each separate part, not before
  • We do not expect a deposit and we charge no admin fee.