First time applicants

All applicants must have taken the call to the Irish Bar. 

Please see Qualifying as a Barrister for further information.


Applications for 2021 are now open.  

Click here for application. 




The application process is open from 1st April to 30th June (or closest working day). All applications must be received in The Bar of Ireland office by the closing date 30th June 2021. See below for the rules governing Late Applications.

Please return completed applications to:


Information Pack:

For clarity, it is first and foremost the responsibility of the entering Pupil to secure a Master. It is not a matter for the Council of The Bar of Ireland nor the Committee Chairs to secure a Master for any Pupil. To assist with securing a Master, an up-to-date list of available Masters may be downloaded here (as of 19/03/2021). Your application for admission to membership of the Law Library cannot be completed until you have confirmed a master who is on the current master list. 

Applicants must complete the application form in full and with the required attachments and submit same before the closing date 30th June:

All applicants must submit:

  • An application processing fee of €150 via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) bank details for transfers provided in the Application Form
  • A digital passport style photograph
  • Copy of Professional Indemnity Insurance Certificate*
  • Copy of confirmation of Registration on Roll of Practising Barristers with Legal Services Regulatory Authority**


*Professional Indemnity Insurance

  • For information AON provides insurance broking and related financial service to The Bar of Ireland and can be contacted via email or Patricia Watkin – NOTE: Should we not be in receipt of a copy of your PII certificate 10 days before the start of Michaelmas term, 17 September 2021, any prospective new member will not be permitted to commence membership. 
  • Click here for PII proposal form (as at 2017/18, subject to change).
  • Click here for Aon's terms of business and policy document (as at 2017/18, subject to change)


**Roll of Practising Barristers


Pre-Admission Interview

All applicants must attend a mandatory Pre-Admission Interview with a member of the Library Committee. (The Library Committee is a permanent committee of The Bar of Ireland whose functions include dealing with all matters relating to admission to the Law Library and membership thereof). Pre-Admisson Interviews for 2021 will be scheduled between 07 and 13 July 2021.

We encourage all applicants to submit applications as early as possible. The earlier the application is returned, the earlier the Pre-Admission Interview will take place.



In August, applicants will be issued with Acceptance correspondence containing:

Details of Law Library subscription rates:

  • Entry Fee €1,500
  • Subscription €1,900 (as at 2020/21)

Information on the Law Library Orientation Day which takes place during the week prior to the start of term will be sent via email. Orientation covers the practicalities of Law Library membership plus information and pointers on personal and professional development of benefit to you as you progress through your career as a barrister.  It is compulsory to attend orientation


New Practitioners’ Programme

First years are obliged to attend the mandatory New Practitioners’ Programme that is designed specifically for those commencing at the Bar. The seminars last up to two hours from 4.30pm and will take place on the following dates:



Tuesday 12 October

Tuesday 26 October

Tuesday 9 November

Tuesday 23 November

Tuesday 14 December



Tuesday 18 January

Tuesday 08 February

Tuesday 08 March

Tuesday 10 May


Late Applications

Applications received after 30th June will be treated as Late Applications. All late applications are subject to a late application fee of €800 (non-refundable) and can only be accepted if a master is secured from the approved master list.  

Acceptance of late applications are at the complete discretion of the Library Committee and there is no guarantee that applications received after 30th June in the applicable year will be accepted in to the Law Library in the next legal year.

As is the case for all applicants, late applicants must have a Master and must attend the Pre-Admission Interview with a member of the Library Committee. 

Under no circumstances will late applications be accepted beyond 31st August.

During the Late Application period, applicants must contact The Bar of Ireland Member Services Department for an application form.

If you have any questions please email