How to make your Bar professional training course (BPTC) application

How to make your Bar professional training course (BPTC) application

All applications for the Bar professional training course (BPTC) should be made online via www.barsas.com, with applications opening in November and closing in January. Applicants may see references to the Bar vocational course (BVC) on the application form – this is simply the previous name of the BPTC.

There are 13 stages to the online application:

  1. Biographical data: basic personal details
  2. Academic stage of training for the Bar: stating what stage of academic training you have done up to this point ie the common professional examination, graduate diploma in law or an alternative. You’ll need to have achieved at least a 2.2.
  3. School education: details of qualifications from A levels upward
  4. Optional second degree information: if you have a second degree you may reference it here.
  5. Employment history: basic details, with an additional section for you to state whether there are any ways in which your previous work has developed skills suited towards becoming a barrister. It’s a good idea to make use of this section.
  6. Further professional qualifications: any wider qualifications you may have been awarded.
  7. Skills: language and computing skills. Depending on which course they have taken/are studying for, international students will need an IELTS score of 7.5 in all segments of the test, a TOEFL score of 28 in all segments, or a Pearson score of 73 in all segments.
  8. Jurisdiction: where you intend to practice after qualification.
  9. Inn details: details about your Inn of Court membership (if you are not a member already, then you’ll need to add a date of when you’ll become a member. This should be before 31 May in the year you begin your BPTC).
  10. Previous BVC/Bar examination attempts: details of any previous enrolments.
  11. Declaration: confirming all details are accurate and true.
  12. Supporting evidence: a series of biographical and competency-based questions ascertaining your interest in law, and your ability to train as a barrister. These are –
    • Please detail any mini-pupillages or other Bar-related experiences that you have undertaken (3,000 characters)
    • Please explain why you want to train as a barrister (2,000 characters)
    • Please provide specific examples of your ability to quickly and accurately analyse large amounts of written information (2,000 characters)
    • Please provide specific examples of when you have displayed exceptional communication and/or interpersonal skills (2,000 characters)
    • Please provide specific examples of how you have developed your advocacy and public speaking skills, preferably since the age of 18 (2,000 characters)
    • Please describe a time when you have been particularly under pressure and how you organised your work (2,000 characters).
  13. References: contact details for references.