City, University of London

City, University of London

Bar Professional Training Course

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law. The programme is taught by a team of professionally-qualified experts who are the authors of the BPTC manuals in use across the country. Internationally renowned and highly skills focused, City's BPTC provides a bridge between academic legal study and professional practice and covers three essential areas: Advocacy; Written and oral advisory skills; Drafting skills. Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines. In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

Entry requirements

The BPTC is a postgraduate course with basic entry requirements prescribed by the Bar Standards Board. Most applicants should have a UK honours degree in law, normally with a minimum standard upper Second Class. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Common Professional Examination, the Graduate Diploma in Law, or the Graduate Entry LLB. The Bar Standards Board can advise on non-standard qualifications. Additional requirements laid down by the professional regulator are: Lower second class honours degree, Online application for the BPTC by the first week in January 2015, Passing the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), Applying for membership of one of the four Inns of Court by 31st May 2015
Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT): The Bar Course Aptitude Test is intended to ensure that students on the BPTC have the required skills to succeed. It is therefore taken before the BPTC, and is a pre-condition to starting the BPTC.
It is administered by the Bar Standards Board and must by passed to start the BPTC in September 2015.
For further details and to sign-up for the BCAT, please visit the Bar Standards Board Bar Course Aptitude Test.
English Language Requirements: One of the entry requirements for the BPTC is that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English ability is equivalent to one of the following:
IELTS: A minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the test
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
Pearson Test of English: A minimum score of 73 in each part of the test
Inn membership: Applicants to the BPTC must also apply for membership of one of the four Inns of Court by 31st May 2015. The Inns of Court have well-established scholarship schemes, with closing dates on the first Friday in November 2014.
The BPTC is a postgraduate course with basic entry requirements prescribed by the Bar Standards Board. Most applicants should have a UK honours degree in law, normally of a minimum standard of a Second Class. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Common Professional Examination or the Graduate Diploma in Law. The Bar Standards Board can advise on non-standard qualifications.

Course modules

Core Modules:
Advocacy Cross Examination (10 credits);
Advocacy Examination in Chief (10 credits);
Advocacy Addressing the Court (10 credits);
Civil Litigation, Evidence & Remedies 12 credits);
Conference Skills (6 credits);
Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing (12 credits);
Resolution of Disputes out of Court (ADR) (6 credits);
Drafting Skills (12 credits);
Professional Ethics (six credits);
Opinion Writing Skills (12 credits).

Elective modules:
Advanced Criminal Litigation (12 credits);
Commercial Law (12 credits);
Company Law (12 credits);
Domestic Violence (12 credits);
Employment Law (12 credits);
Family Law (12 credits);
Fraud & Financial Crime (12 credits);
Free Representation Unit (12 credits);
Landlord & Tenant (12 credits);
Professional Negligence (12 credits);
Social Security (12 credits).

Other important areas covered within the context of the main subjects:
Costs;
Human rights;
Risk analysis.

Assessment methods

There are eight skills assessments and four multiple choice/short answer question tests. The assessments are a combination of 'unseen' and 'take away' papers. Skills assessments are based on realistic exercises reproducing the demands of practice and reflecting the work done on the course.

Advocacy and conference assessments are recorded with actors playing the role of client and/or witness. Written skills assessments require you to write an opinion or prepare a piece of drafting.

Multiple choice tests/short answer questions will also be used to assess your competence level in Criminal Litigation, Sentencing and Evidence; Civil Litigation, Civil Evidence and Remedies; ADR; and Professional Ethics.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course Full-time September 2017 GBP 18,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
Bar Professional Training Course Part-time evening September 2017 GBP 9,250 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

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The City Law School
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020 7404 5787