Before you can be called to the Bar, you have to attend a certain number of formal dinners at your Inn. These are designed to foster collegiate links and are often followed by after-dinner events with an educational purpose.
This continues to be the main way that student barristers amass training units for "Call" (see above). By dining at his/her Inn of Court, the student barrister is expected to discuss professional issues with senior benchers, develop a network of useful professional contacts and take part in a range of educational events. Each dinner attracts one "Training Unit". Units may also be awarded for attendance at training days (normally 2 units) or Training weekends (3 units). A total of 12 units are required to satisfy the requirements for "Call".