Bar Professional Training Course
Our Bar Professional Training Course
At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception.
Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring, a bespoke level of careers support and a wealth of pro bono projects giving you invaluable experience.
Why choose our BPTC?
- We’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students undergo a selection process before being offered a place on our course. This means you’ll study in small classes alongside carefully selected students
- We offer four times the advocacy required by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), all taught by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training
- Benefit from our unique Advocacy Committee: enter prestigious international and national competitions and test your advocacy skills in front of real barristers and judges
- Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond and be supported from the moment you accept - with support from our award-winning Careers and Employability Service
- Gain a real insight into the profession and make a wealth of valuable connections at our networking practitioner events
- Benefit from our scholarships and prizes. We have one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education and reward academic success with a series of prizes at the end of your BPTC year
- Flexible study options – you can choose to study your BPTC full-time in Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury or part-time in London Bloomsbury
With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day.
- Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
- Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
- Professional ethics
- Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
- Opinion writing
- Resolution of disputes out of court
In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:
- Advanced criminal litigation
- Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
- International commercial practice
- Employment tribunal practice
- Family practice
- Immigration practice and asylum
- Judicial review
- Personal injury and clinical negligence
We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:
- Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
- Online advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
- Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts
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