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Bar Practice Course (BPC)

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Full time | London Bloomsbury | 9 months | SEP-22

Study mode

Full time

Duration

9 months

Start date

SEP-22

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

Bar Professional Training Course

Subject areas

Law

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Bar Practice Course (BPC), previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), is the qualifying postgraduate course allowing graduates to prepare and practise as barristers in England and Wales. It is the vocational stage of training, which you’re required to pass before you can go on to complete the final, practical stage of training; pupillage. Give yourself the best chance to secure pupillage and prepare for life as a barrister with our high quality tutoring, designed and delivered by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experiences in delivering advocacy.

Our Bar Practice Course provides an ideal environment for developing the confidence, communication skills and leadership you’ll need to thrive at the Bar. With our experienced academic team and advanced learning technology, you will gain the expertise and experience needed to start your career as a barrister.

When you study the Bar Practice Course with us you will receive:

  • Up to 50 hours advocacy training, so you're fully prepared for the Bar: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at prestigious mooting competitions organised by our Advocacy Committee and also at mock trials in court.
  • Tuition in small classes alongside the brightest students: we require all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place.
  • Access to an engaging and innovative online learning environment, plus face-to-face tutor and peer support when you need it most.
  • Flexible study options to suit you: choose to study with us full-time or part-time at a number of locations across the UK.
  • Success 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.
  • A choice of three pathways to success with our Bar Practice Course LLM: complete real-life legal work experience via our Pro Bono clinics, write a dissertation or study additional modules and sit the exams after you finish your Bar Practice Course.
  • Exclusive access to our Synap learning and revision tool: complete multiple-choice questions to monitor and review your progress.

Modules

Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

£14,000

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

£12,700

Entry requirements

Students must possess a 2:1 or above from a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) or a 2:1 in any undergraduate degree along with the Graduate Diploma in Law. Applicants with a 2:2 from a non-law degree will be required to achieve a commendation or distinction from their GDL/MA Law/PgDL/MA Law (Conversion)/MA Law (SQE1) studies. Some students with a 2:2 but other qualities such as additional higher education qualifications, relevant work experience, etc. may also be considered. Students must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Practice Course (BPC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). You will be required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test before your course starts (known as the Bar Course Aptitude Test - BCAT). Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be required to attend a Selection Interview at one of our campuses at a specified time in the applicant cycle.

University information

The University of Law provides law and business courses for postgraduates. The university can trace its origins back to 1876, and as such, is one of the most long-standing legal educators. It received university status in 2012 and opened its Business School in 2016. The university has 15 campuses across the UK, all based in thriving business areas. In 2016, it opened its GISMA Business School in Berlin, and then in 2019 it established its...more

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