At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception.
Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. In fact, 57% of our 2016 Full-time UK/EU graduates, 57% secured a pupillage this year.**
You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring and a wealth of pro bono opportunity. We’ll support you in preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place.
Study with us and double your chances of getting a top grade: 22% of our 2016 Full-time BPTC graduates obtained an ‘Outstanding’ grade, which is more than twice the national average of 9% in 2015.
** 57% secured pupillage by September 2016 at the Bar of England and Wales.
To celebrate 20 years of the BPTC at The University of Law, and in recognition of the challenges and costs of pursuing a career at the Bar, we’re reducing this year’s BPTC fees by up to £2,790.***
*** Reduction is based on applying and accepting a place at London Bloomsbury during the first-round of BarSAS applications versus the 2016 BPTC course fee. Refer to our course fees section for more information.
Follow the link below to discover more about how you'll benefit from our unique selection Process and Advocacy Committee.
The University of Law is committed to producing exceptional advocates and so, since 2015, has been the only provider that requires all applicants to undergo an assessment before obtaining a place on the BPTC.
We will only offer places to students that we think have a realistic chance of passing the course and going on to obtain pupillage. Our rigorous selection process allows us to identify the brightest and most able students, creating a stimulating learning environment for all. As a result, when you undertake the BPTC at The University of Law you can guarantee that you will be studying alongside the committed, focused and intelligent students, which in turn will push you to succeed.
For 2017 entry, our selection interviews will take place in February 2017 at our Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury centres.
Those students who make it through the initial paper-sift will be invited to undertake an assessment at the centre of your choice. You will be asked to complete a written exercise; an oral advocacy test and a short interview with one of our BPTC tutors. Entry onto the course will be based solely on candidates' performance on the day. Decisions on our Advocacy Scholarships will be based partly on the candidate’s performance during the oral advocacy test.
During an assessment you will undertake:
There is no preparation required and we do not expect you to know any law: this is a test of your raw skills and potential as an advocate.
Our unique Advocacy Committee is made up of the students who excelled during our selection process. Led by the Master or Mistress of the Moots, they arrange entry into prestigious national and international advocacy competitions for BPTC and GDL students, (see below for a list of competitions entered this year). They also arrange numerous internal competitions and workshops in association with local chambers which provide an excellent opportunity to test the skills you’ve developed in the classroom and forge links with leading practitioners.
This year’s competitions include:
More information on the Advocacy Scholarships
To be eligible to take up your place, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Academic Stage Handbook gives you full information about these requirements.
Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be required to attend a selection interview at one of our centres at Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury in February 2017. It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfil all eligibility requirements for the BPTC.
English language requirement
Cambridge English: First Certificate, Advanced and Proficiency (test taken before January 2016)
Cambridge English: First Certificate (test taken before January 2016)
Cambridge English: Advanced (test taken before January 2016)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (test taken before January 2016)
Please note: The University will not accept TOEFL English Language test as a proof of students' English proficiency until further notice due to Home Office investigation.
Again, you must fulfil all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course. If you think that this may be a problem (for example, if you have late assessment results), please contact our Admissions Team as soon as possible on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or e-mail email@example.com
Candidates seeking entry to the BPTC are required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) before being allowed to enrol on the course. The BCAT will open in April next year. We strongly recommend you sit the test as soon as possible and we will guarantee to hold your offer open until you have successfully passed the test. Should you fail to pass, you are able to re-sit the test after 30 days. As you must successfully pass the test before you can enrol on the BPTC course, we encourage you to sit the test as early as you can – this will allow plenty of time should you need to take it again, before the deadline. For further information please check the Bar Standards Board website.
The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
Please see important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.
Further information for visa students
Non-EEA students requiring a visa to study should refer to the UKVI Policy Guidance, which can be found on their website: https://www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa. Please note that immigration regulations are subject to change at any time. Specific enquiries regarding University sponsorship of students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is the responsibility of all students from outside the EU to ensure that they have a visa covering the full duration of their course.
With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day.
In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:
We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:
There are 12 assessments in total with practice assessments held for every module. Prizes, sponsored by chambers, are available for the highest-scoring student in each subject.
Detailed course dates for our September 2017 courses will be published soon. Start dates are subject to change.
To celebrate 20 years of the BPTC at The University of Law, and in recognition of the challenges and costs of pursuing a career at the Bar, we’re reducing this year’s BPTC fees by up to £2,790.*
If you apply or accept your place in the first round of BarSAS applications, the fee will be reduced by £1,250. Fees are the same for both full-time and part-time programmes:
For examples of our 2016 BPTC fees and instalment schedules, please see our terms and conditions. 2017 schedules will be published shortly.
*Reduction is based on applying and accepting a place at London Bloomsbury during the first-round of BarSAS applications versus the 2016 BPTC course fee.
Further information on course fees.
Applications for our 2017 BPTC will open in early December 2016.
At The University of Law, we recognise that your ultimate goal is to obtain pupillage, progress onto tenancy and hone all the skills and experience you need to develop your practice. That’s why we ensure that every step of the way, you have dedicated careers support and a wealth of opportunities to progress.
The University of Law has the UK’s largest law careers and employability service, with more than 30 experts providing support as soon as you accept your place. Through one-on-one careers appointments, live and virtual workshops, the careers team advise on:
As well as bespoke advice and assistance, our careers team are able to organise a wide-range of events and presentations thanks to our excellent links with chambers across the country.
Typical events include:
The University runs a varied pro bono programme at all of our centres, which allow our students to gain experience in dealing with real cases while helping the local community. You’ll get valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting, whilst helping those who may not otherwise have access to legal support and advice.
Current projects include: Legal Advice Centre, Own It (Streetlaw), Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Social Welfare Legal Advice and Environmental Law Foundation.
Thank you for registering your interest in our BPTC programme. We will be in touch over the next couple of days with all the information you’ll need to know about the course.
In the meantime, why not order a prospectus or book an open day at one of our eight centres?
If you have any other questions feel free to call us on 0800 289 997
I chose ULaw because of the excellent reputation it has for the training of students for the Bar
Sam Frost, BPTC Student, Bloomsbury
I chose ULaw because of the excellent reputation it has for the training of students for the Bar