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Bar Practice Course (BPC)

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Full time | London Bloomsbury centre | 8 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

8 months

Start date

SEP

Key information
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Qualification type

Bar Professional Training Course

Subject areas

Law

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

If you have a law degree or GDL and wish to train as a barrister, our Bar Practice Course (previously the Bar Professional Training Course - BPTC) is designed to help you secure pupillage. You can expect high standards of tutoring by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy. Choose our BPC LLM and add an internationally recognised Master's qualification to your CV.

You’ll be supported by our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place. Our track record says it all - 59% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage (based on student data collated September 2020). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

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.

Assessment
There are 10 assessments in total with practice assessments held for every module spread across the course. Some prizes, sponsored by chambers, are available for the highest-scoring student in each subject.

Modules

Dissertation

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

£13,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (overall cost)

£11,750

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Students must possess a 2:1 or above from a qualifying law degree (QLD) or 2:1 in any undergraduate degree along with the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or equivalent. Applicants with a 2:2 from a non-law degree will be required to achieve a commendation or distinction from their GDL studies. Some students with a 2:2 and other qualities, such as additional higher education qualifications or relevant work experience may also be considered. To be eligible to take up your place, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Practice Course (BPC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Bar Qualification Manual - gives you full information about these requirements. You will be required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test before you commence your studies. Further details on this test can be found on the Bar Standards Board website. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria will be required to attend a Selection Interview. It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfil all eligibility requirements for the BPC.

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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