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Bar Professional Training LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Law / Legal Studies Legal Practice / Procedures

Course type


Course Summary

The LLM Bar Professional Training Course offers intensive, postgraduate-level studies 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 training, also known as pupillage, required for those training to become barrister. This programme will prepare you for the 12 months of pupillage and ensure you acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence required during your pupillage. The programme will also provide you with a solid foundation in knowledge and skills for your early years of tenancy. 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 through a mixture of large and small group sessions. Large groups take the form of lectures to all students. A significant number of large group sessions are pre-recorded and accessed on line. Most teaching is delivered to small groups of students for all oral skills teaching students will be in groups of 6. Attendance at all sessions is compulsory. After completion of the BPTC, you will be able to undertake pupillage. The BPTC may also lead to legal work in some other capacity, e.g. paralegal, with the option of obtaining pupillage at a later date. The option to complete a research project or reflective portfolio has the potential to increase your engagement in pro bono activities within the School or further your skills of independent research thereby increasing your preparedness for practice. In addition, there is a growing need in the public and private sectors for students who can demonstrate being different to other graduates and who can offer something more to potential employers. You will learn important skills that will set you apart in the job market: how to write and critically reason, how to write for and engage the reader, and how to understand the impact of your research.

Different course options

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module aims to prepare students for the practice of advocacy which they should be capable of conducting during pupillage and thereafter, as a barrister. It aims to provide the skills necessary to prepare, present and respond to a case or legal argument before a court or other tribunal. The trial advocacy module specifically deals with the skills of examination, cross-examination and re-examination of witnesses.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have completed your academic stage; obtained a 2:1 class degree or higher (a 2.2 class degree will be considered on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration the application in its entirety); been admitted as a student member of one of the four Inns of Court; satisfied the English language requirement; and passed the Bar Aptitude test.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more