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. 

Knowledge areas

  • Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
  • Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
  • Professional ethics

Core skills

  • Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
  • Conferencing
  • Drafting
  • Opinion writing
  • Resolution of disputes out of court

Study options

In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

  • Advanced criminal litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
  • Chancery
  • International commercial practice
  • Employment tribunal practice
  • Family practice
  • Immigration practice and asylum
  • Judicial review
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence

Mock trials

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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