BPC

Bar Practice Course

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.

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Key Facts

Entry requirements

A Qualifying Law Degree at 2:1 or above

or

GDL/CPE or MA Law

Full requirements

Next start date

September 2020

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Our law programmes will be available in September. That's our guarantee.

 

Gain up to 50 hours of advocacy training: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at mooting competitions and also at mock trials in court.

58% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course.

Increase your chances of pupillage with a Master of Laws (LLM): add an internationally recognised LLM qualification to your CV and pupillage applications.

Course Details

Bar Practice Course

We pride ourselves in offering the best legal training, and our Bar Practice Course (BPC) is no exception.

It is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You'll receive dedicated support from our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place, giving you the best chance of securing pupillage and acquiring as much varied experience as possible. This is why 58% of our students secured pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course**.

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.

**58% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course (BPC) students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage within one year of successfully completing their course. Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

Benefits of our selection process

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 our BPC you can guarantee that you will be studying alongside committed, focused and intelligent students, which in turn will push you to succeed.

  • Gain confidence in knowing whether a career at the Bar is right for you
  • Practise your advocacy skills in a 5-minute "plea in mitigation"
  • Take the opportunity to compete for Advocacy Scholarships
  • Get vital practice for pupillage interviews

Important notice: Due to the circumstances around Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have currently postponed all of our face-to-face Selection Events until the end of April 2020. To keep up with demand, we have released extra Skype interviews on our online portal.

For students looking to study with us in September 2020, you must book and attend a Selection Event before the dates below -

  • International students: Monday 17 August 2020
  • Domestic and EU students: Monday 24 August 2020

Important Information

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.

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Progression for September 2019 and January 2020 students (GDL and MA Law)

Due to the projected end date of some of our courses, you may not be eligible to commence the Bar Practice Course (BPC) or Legal Practice Course (LPC) in September 2020.

Please note: If you require a visa to study in the UK and wish to progress on to one of our on-campus vocational courses, please refer to our UK visa requirements page for information about Tier 4 visas and progression.

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Programme Demands

These documented explain the demands of the course in order to assess your ability for the course.

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Course Structure

  • Civil litigation, evidence and resolution of disputes out of court
  • Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
  • Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
  • Conferencing
  • Drafting
  • Opinion writing
  • Professional Ethics
  • Legal Research

We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

  • Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
  • Online advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
  • Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts

Choose to study this award and you will have the opportunity to add an internationally recognised LLM qualification to your CV and pupillage applications.

You can complete your Master of Laws (LLM) qualification via three routes:

  1. Complete real-life work experience via our Pro Bono clinics - you will advise, manage and represent clients on a variety of cases in legal areas. You will also be paired with a Master’s Supervisor, who will guide you through a reflective learning process so that you can complete your reflective assessment and obtain your Master’s Degree.
  2. Study additional modules - increase your knowledge of legal practice areas which are of interest to you and can help shape the direction of your career. You will sit the exams once you’ve finished your Bar Practice Course.
  3. Write a dissertation - immerse yourself in an area of law and become expert in it, allowing you to demonstrate your knowledge in your applications to chambers and beyond.

If you study our Bar Practice Course LLM, you could also be eligible for a SLC Postgraduate Loan.

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Get help financing your BPC

We have a variety of funding options available for our BPC.

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Course Start Dates

  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Full-time: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London Bloomsbury, Manchester and Nottingham
    • Part-time Weekend: Birmingham, Leeds and London Bloomsbury
  • Bar Practice Course (BPC)
    • Part-time: Online

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Course Information

 

You can choose to study the Bar Practice Course full-time or part-time. Get a full break down of how these different options work throughout the year.

Calendar

 

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.

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Our Bar Practice Course has its own structure, with different assessments to suit.

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Fees and Applying

 

Applications for this course are now open. If you’d like to study full-time or part-time you can apply directly with us.

The application deadline for our September 2020 course are as follows -

  • International students: Tuesday 4 August 2020
  • Domestic and EU students: Tuesday 18 August 2020

Don't forget - you must be a member of an Inn of Court before you start our BPC. The deadline for applying is at least 12 weeks before you start the course. For more information about joining an Inn and the role of the Inns can be found in the Bar Qualification Manual.  

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Total fees (including BSB fee of £870)
BPC
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham £11,750
London Bloomsbury £13,000

BPC LLM
Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham £14,450
London Bloomsbury £16,000

With a range of scholarships, bursaries and advocacy awards available, studying with us is more affordable than ever. Plus, if you choose to study the Bar Practice Course LLM you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan.

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We have students from over 120 different countries throughout our campuses, with a dedicated team to help international students.

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