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Bar Training Course (LLM)

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Law / Legal Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The Bar Training Course (BTC) offers intensive, postgraduate-level study to those who wish to qualify as a barrister but who also wish to undertake research at Master’s level. You will take this course after undergraduate study and before the period of work-based learning, also known as pupillage.

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) requires individuals to meet a specific standard of learning outcomes, set out in their Professional Statement for Barristers, in order to be considered competent and fit to progress to the pupillage/work-based component of training. This programme enables you to acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence for you to meet that criteria.

The programme aims to foster a professional and ethical approach to practice as a barrister, whilst giving you an informed view of a barrister’s working life and the opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing the legal profession in today’s world.

You will be taught by tutors who have all practised as barristers or solicitors and whose ethos is one of friendly professionalism and mutual respect. Our teaching is timetabled between Monday and Thursday (i.e. no more than four days), to provide time for personal study.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The module is one of the core subjects required for students to study when undertaking BTC. It is one of two centrally set assessments on the BTC. The content of the syllabus is set by the Bar Standards Board. The syllabus and curriculum for the centrally set assessments in Civil Litigation on the BTC is based on the principle that the Civil Litigation course should prepare students for pupillage and the early years of practice at the Civil Bar, and that the syllabus and curriculum should focus upon the fundamental principles, key rules and core elements of civil litigation and civil dispute resolution.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Please refer the University website for Specific Entry Requirements.