How to become a Barrister in England and Wales

The steps typically taken to become a barrister involve three main stages of training:

Academic Stage: The standard requirement for completion of the academic stage is a UK honours degree (minimum lower second class honours) or its equivalent. This applies to both law and non-law degrees.
Vocational Stage: The second stage of training to become a barrister is the vocational stage. This takes the form of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), which can either be taken over one year full time or two years part time.
Call: In order to qualify for Call a student must have successfully completed the vocational stage (the BPTC course) and also have completed the requisite number of qualifying sessions (currently 12), which are dining or educational sessions in the respective Inn where the student is a member.