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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training and is one of a few educational establishments validated by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the BPTC. We offer a unique one-year LLM BPTC, which means you have the option to also gain a Masters qualification as part of your course.

The BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career. Our BPTC was written by eight barristers who came to the Law School from practice. The course was designed in conjunction with judges, practising barristers and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.

In a changing legal education environment it is important that our courses meet the needs of students and employers. This is why we have redesigned our BPTC so that it also offers the opportunity to gain a Masters (LLM) award. To gain the LLM, you will complete a dissertation or undertake practical legal work experience. There are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau or carrying out placements within a professional legal setting.

Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the traditional BPTC award.

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • a qualifying Law degree (normally a 2.1 or above)
  • a Graduate Diploma in Law / Common Professional Examination with a good first degree (normally 2.1 or above).

Applicants who have or are predicted a 2.2 in their Qualifying Law Degree will be considered if they can provide additional evidence of achievement in their personal statement e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - paid or unpaid.

All applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to the profession and an aptitude for advocacy.


Applications for the BPTC are through a dedicated application system at: Bar Student Application Services.

Before applying please read the health warning from the four Inns of Court, BPTC providers, Bar Standards Board and the Bar Council

The Bar Course Aptitude Test
In order to enrol, all students must take and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the deadline set by the Bar Standards Board.

Inns Membership
All students must apply to join one of the Inns of Court by 31 May of the year of intended enrolment. Students intending to take up a place with Nottingham Law School will need to complete our Inns of Court form and return it to us before enrolment.

Course modules

After a short introductory period you will commence your study of the compulsory subjects. You will handle seven realistic briefs (four criminal and three civil) from commencement towards trial throughout the first two terms. Knowledge and skills areas are taught and learned through the progress of these case studies as students respond to instructions. Counsel Skills amount to around 60% of the LLM BPTC and are normally taught in a variety of practical contexts to show how skills, once learned, can be transferred.

Two options are studied in the final term. A wide choice within mainstream areas of practice is available so that students obtain a broad foundation on which they can build once they have entered the profession.


  • Case Preparation and Analysis
  • Legal Research


  • Civil Litigation, Evidence and Remedies
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
  • Professional Ethics


  • Advocacy
  • Conference Skills
  • Drafting
  • Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
  • Opinion Writing


Choose two from the following (subject to availability and demand):

  • Advanced Civil Practice (Judicial Review)
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Commercial Practice
  • Employment Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Landlord and Tenant.



Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Full-time Home/EU £ 14,400 Whole course 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Full-time International £ 14,400 Whole course 1 years

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