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So, third-year law student and want to apply for an inn because I want to be a barrister. The thing is everyone tell me how hard it is to get in and how competitive it is. Anyone here who has gone through that stage please any advice on what INN I should apply and what I need to do to get in.
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(Original post by Shabina Mujahid)
So, third-year law student and want to apply for an inn because I want to be a barrister. The thing is everyone tell me how hard it is to get in and how competitive it is. Anyone here who has gone through that stage please any advice on what INN I should apply and what I need to do to get in.
Applications to the Inns of Court are not, in my experience, at all competitive. The real hurdle is pupillage. Most people will recommend their own Inn; it really doesn't matter, in my view, which you choose.
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Applications to the Inns of Court are not, in my experience, at all competitive. The real hurdle is pupillage. Most people will recommend their own Inn; it really doesn't matter, in my view, which you choose.
Right. Thank you so much.
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Applications to the Inns of Court are not, in my experience, at all competitive. The real hurdle is pupillage. Most people will recommend their own Inn; it really doesn't matter, in my view, which you choose.
I agree with this.

I would say that Inns are the main source of scholarships for the Bar course, and the size of those scholarships varies widlly. I'm at Grays', so I can do a shameless plug that I think their system is still that everyone gets a fairly large guaranteed lump sum, with then additional top-ups given via means-testing. Even if it isn't still that, I think their awards tend to be largest, and they're great.
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Yes, you've misunderstood. Inn applications are actually practically automatic, whereas it's securing pupillage that is intensely competitive. There is relatively little to separate them. I went with Middle because they catered better for out of London students in terms of dining etc. The respective scholarships programmes is very often something that students will consider when choosing between the Inns, and it is certainly a key element to consider if you are looking to apply for scholarships.
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Yes, you've misunderstood. Inn applications are actually practically automatic, whereas it's securing pupillage that is intensely competitive. There is relatively little to separate them. I went with Middle because they catered better for out of London students in terms of dining etc. The respective scholarships programmes is very often something that students will consider when choosing between the Inns, and it is certainly a key element to consider if you are looking to apply for scholarships.
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I agree with this.

I would say that Inns are the main source of scholarships for the Bar course, and the size of those scholarships varies widlly. I'm at Grays', so I can do a shameless plug that I think their system is still that everyone gets a fairly large guaranteed lump sum, with then additional top-ups given via means-testing. Even if it isn't still that, I think their awards tend to be largest, and they're great.
I see. The thing is I was very confused and some people from my course told me how they do tests and they look at your credibility and if they think you are eligible to be a barrister then they chose you and I searched on the internet and couldn't find anything like such so I thought I'll ask here which was a great thing to do because now atleats I know ill have to worry more about the grades and the pupillage more than getting in the INNs.
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I see. The thing is I was very confused and some people from my course told me how they do tests and they look at your credibility and if they think you are eligible to be a barrister then they chose you and I searched on the internet and couldn't find anything like such so I thought I'll ask here which was a great thing to do because now atleats I know ill have to worry more about the grades and the pupillage more than getting in the INNs.
No tests, they do look at credibility but if I recall that is basically you just get two "reputable" people to sign a certificate of good standing (all explained on the inns' websites)
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