Manchester Law School

Bar Professional Training Course

If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School is designed to provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for a successful career.  We offer advocacy training and group sessions that offer true-to-life mock trials, assessments, 'mini chambers' and real-life legal work experience opportunities. 

Manchester Law School has a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West and as a result has outstanding links to both the local legal profession and the Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston).  Practitioners from the Northern Circuit will provide you with Additional Advocacy Classes for students and are on-hand at regular events to offer advice about your future as a barrister and obtaining pupillage. 

You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring and a wealth of pro bono opportunity.  We will support you preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service.

The BPTC focuses on developing highly practical skills and features an innovative 'mini-chambers' approach designed to mirror the real life working practices of a barrister. You will be placed in a group (or chambers) with 11 other students and be provided with a permanent, multimedia-equipped base room. You will be expected to 'perform' regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage the development of strong working relationships similar to a professional chambers.

The BPTC begins with a participative and dynamic induction programme introducing students to the highly practical BPTC, compared with academic study. Students are almost immediately offered the opportunity to network with local practitioners during a team building exercise and social event.  Following this induction, the remainder of the course features a combination of compulsory subjects and an opportunity to study two subjects of your choice, depending on your particular career aspirations.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:

  • You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme.
  • You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test.

BPTC students are selected primarily on academic ability and must have been awarded at least a 2:2 at first degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills will also be considered.

All BPTC offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court.

International students please refer to mmu.ac.uk/international. This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test. Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.

Course modules

Core units:

  • Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
  • Evidence and Remedies
  • Criminal Litigation Evidence and Sentencing
  • Professional Ethics
  • Opinion Writing
  • Drafting
  • Conference Skills
  • Resolution of Disputes out of Court

Elective units:

There are approximately eight elective subjects available to BPTC students, of which six will run depending on the popularity of each unit as chosen by the you. For part-time study, the four most popular will be selected.

Please note the delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students selecting to study it.

Assessment methods

Multiple choice examinations, short answer questions, practical skills assessments, and written examinations.

Fees

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Bar Registration Fee £550

Prior to enrolment you are required to be a member of an Inn of Court £100 joining fee. Whilst studying the BPTC you are required to complete 12 qualifying sessions at you Inn in order to be called to the Bar. You need to book these sessions through your Inn. There are fees for these sessions depending on the nature of the event - you can check these by contacting your Inn. Most qualifying sessions will take place in London so you will need to pay for travel to London - we provide a one off £60 towards the total cost of your travel. There will usually be around 2 to 3 qualifying sessions in Manchester each year.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Full-time £ 13,930 Whole course 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Full-time £ 6,965 Academic year 2 weeks

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