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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

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 high standards of tutoring by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy. Choose our BPTC LLM and make your pupillage applications stand out - working on real life pro bono legal cases.

You’ll be supported by our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place.  Our track record says it all - of our 2016 Full-time UK/EEA graduates, 66% have gained a pupillage within 12 months of completing the course. Furthermore, for that year, 22% of our full-time graduates obtained an 'Outstanding' grade, which is considerably more than the national average of 13%.

Why choose our BPTC?

  • Increase your chances of pupillage with our BPTC LLM: gain legal work experience representing real clients and you could be eligible for a Postgraduate Student Loan 
  • Study in a small class alongside the brightest students - we’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place 
  • Gain more advocacy than the Bar Standards Board (BSB)'s requirements: apart from our small advocacy classes, you can test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at prestigious mooting competitions organised by our Advocacy Committee, and also at our mock trials in real court rooms 
  • Flexible study options: you can choose to study your BPTC full-time in Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury or part-time in Birmingham or London Bloomsbury 
  • Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond with our Future Pupil Programme, part of our award-winning Careers and Employability Service, available from the moment you accept your place 
     

Entry requirements

To be eligible to take up your place, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Academic Stage Handbook gives you full information about these requirements.

  • You will be required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by August of the year you commence your studies. The exact date will be published soon. Further details on this test can be found on the Bar Standards Board website
  • You will need either a qualifying law degree (QLD) 2:1 minimum or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:1 minimum*) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
  • For qualifying law degrees, all offers based on predicted grades will be conditional upon achieving a 2:1 or above 
  • Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may then be invited to attend a selection interview at one of our centres.

*For non QLD applicants with a 2:2, offers based on predicted GDL grade will be conditional upon achieving distinction or commendation

English language requirement

  • You must be fluent in English and you will need to be able to demonstrate that your oral and written English is equivalent to one of the qualifications listed on the course website.

Course modules

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. 

What the course covers:

  • Knowledge areas
  • Core skills: advocacy, conferencing, drafting, opinion writing and resolution of disputes out of court
  • Study options: choose two options out of a list that includes advanced criminal litigation; chancery; employment tribunal; family practice; immigration practice and asylum and personal injury and clinical negligence
  • Mock trials: participating in real courtrooms, online advocacy skill demonstrations and visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts
  • Master of Laws (LLM): If you study our BPTC LLM, you will undertake pro bono legal cases under the Legal Advice Clinic at your centre. You will take part in the Full Representation Service which includes representing lay clients in courts and tribunals. You will meet regularly with your supervisor and work with your student partner(s) on the cases - meeting clients, writing letters of advice, pleadings and representing the clients at hearings.

Assessment methods

There are 12 assessments in total with practice assessments held for every module spread across the course. Prizes, sponsored by chambers, are available for the highest-scoring student in each subject.

BPTC LLM assessment

You will keep a reflective journal throughout the year about your pro bono work, and then submit your Critical Reflective Report at the end of the course.

Fees

Fees vary depending on study location; see course page for more details.
Course fees are the same for the full-time and part-time LPC programme.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Full-time Home/EU Whole course 10 months
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Part-time Home/EU Whole course 2 years
LLM Full-time Home/EU Whole course 10 months
LLM Part-time Home/EU Whole course 2 years

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