Called To The Bar

This is what all law students hoping to be barristers want to be. It is getting increasingly difficult to be Called To The Bar nowadays. This is not, as various uninformed persons have suggested it is, anything to do with Legal Aid Reform. It is to do with changes in the licensing hours of public houses. In the Good Old Days, all you had to do to be Called To The Bar was go to your nearest pub and wait till five to eleven. Since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force in 2005, it is necessary to not only locate the pub but find out at exactly what time one must be present in order to be Called To The Bar, which may be different in each pub on each day of the week, depending on the licence and what the landlord feels like. Hence, it is quite possible for a law student to spend every evening of a whole week in different pubs and never be Called To The Bar at all.

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