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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Course Description

Our Bar Professional Training Course

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. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring, a bespoke level of careers support and a wealth of pro bono projects giving you invaluable experience.

Why choose our BPTC?

We’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students undergo a selection process http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee before being offered a place on our course. This means you’ll study in small classes alongside carefully selected students

We offer four times the advocacy required by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), all taught by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training

Benefit from our unique Advocacy Committee http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/#our-unique-selection-process-and-advocacy-committee: enter prestigious international and national competitions and test your advocacy skills in front of real barristers and judges

Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond and be supported from the moment you accept - with support from our award-winning Careers and Employability Service http://www.law.ac.uk/employability-service/

Gain a real insight into the profession and make a wealth of valuable connections at our networking practitioner events

Benefit from our scholarships and prizes http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/postgraduate-scholarships/. We have one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education and reward academic success with a series of prizes at the end of your BPTC year

Flexible study options – you can choose to study your BPTC full-time or part-time in Birmingham or London Bloomsbury, or full-time in Leeds

Follow this link to discover more about how you'll benefit from our Selection Process and Advocacy Committee - http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

Course Content

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.

Knowledge areas

•Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
•Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
•Professional ethics

Core skills

•Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
•Opinion writing
•Resolution of disputes out of court

Study options

In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

•Advanced criminal litigation
•Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
•International commercial practice
•Employment tribunal practice
•Family practice
•Immigration practice and asylum
•Judicial review
•Personal injury and clinical negligence

Mock trials

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
•Advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
•Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts


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.

A personal careers service

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:

•CVs and cover letters
•Mini-pupillage applications
•Which sets to apply to based on your interests and profile
•Pupillage applications: drafting and review
•Interview preparation, including spotting and debating current affairs and relevant legal topics
•Mock interviews
•Deciding between pupillage offers
•Post-BPTC employment, scholarships and further study


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:

•Inviting the barristers on pupillage committees to discuss and answer questions about the pupillage application process
•Specialist panels and external speakers discussing the nuances of specific practice areas e.g. Commercial & Chancery and Family
•Presentations by external speakers including specialist practitioners and representatives from the Inns of Court
•Discussion on the non-legal aspects of being a barrister including talks from a chambers’ marketing manager and a tax consultant
•A small number of evenings hosted by specific chambers, reserved for students only

Pro bono opportunities

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 (Intellectual Property), Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Social Welfare Legal Advice, Environmental Law Foundation and Streetlaw.

How to Apply

Applications for our full-time and part-time BPTC are now open.

Please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply-for-a-postgraduate-course/#apply-for-the-bptc


This course is available at the following University of Law locations: Birmingham, Leeds, London Bloomsbury and London Moorgate. http://www.law.ac.uk/locations/

Further Information

For further information on eligibility, stucture and assessment, course fees and the application process, please follow this link http://www.law.ac.uk/postgraduate/bptc/

Visit the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) page on the University of Law website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Christine Troughton

The ULaw staff are polished, proficient, accessible and patient.
''BPTC Student, London Bloomsbury''


The Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies - 20+ Awards

The Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies is exclusively available for University of Law students
Borrow up to £25,000 to help with course fees and living expenses; no need to repay until six months after you finish your final courseThe Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan for Legal Studies is available for GDL, LPC and BPTC courses at any of our centres and for full-time, part-time and online students who meet Metro Bank’s eligibility criteria.You could borrow between £1,000 and £25,000 and only have to start paying it back six months after you complete your study with us (providing you do not take a study gap** between any courses or switch from full time to part time course mid term). For example, if you study our GDL and go on immediately to study the LPC or BPTC with us, there’s no need to commence repayments of your GDL loan until you finish your final course.You can apply for a Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan up to six months before your course start date. You must however have accepted an offer before you apply for the loan. Last year 95% of all loan applications submitted by University of Law students were approved by Metro Bank.
Key features‌•Use the loan to cover all or part of your course fee (minimum £1,000, maximum £25,000*).
‌•Borrow up to 20% of your full course fee amount to cover living expenses (subject to the total maximum loan amount of £25,000).
‌•Defer repayments until up to six months after you finish your studies with The University of Law (providing you do not take a study gap** between courses).
‌•Up to five years to repay from the repayment start date.
‌•No early repayment charges.
‌•Course fees paid directly to The University of Law – no need to worry about meeting fee instalment dates.
‌•Living expenses paid directly to your nominated bank account.
‌•Interest will be added to the principal amount during the repayment holiday, including during the course.
‌•Should you intermit or defer your study after applying for a Metro Bank Professional Studies Loan, your loan will be affected. All payments yet to be released will be cancelled and your loan will enter repayment after the six month grace period. Once you return to your studies you will need to revisit the funding options available to cover any remaining costs you may have.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000 - £25,000


You must be aged 18 or over and be a UK resident to apply

Application Procedure

Follow this link https://metrobank.icehosted.com/MetroBank/Web/Landing/Begin

Further Information



Future Finance Student Loans - 20+ Awards

Loan highlights‌•Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 to cover both tuition and living costs
‌•Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address
‌•Loans are available to students studying at an undergraduate or postgraduate level
‌•Loans are repayable up to 10 years and three months after graduation
‌•Students can apply for up to four payment breaks of three months each during the loan period
‌•Representative 10.8% APR (variable)

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Loans are offered to UK, EU and even international students with a UK domiciled address

Application Procedure

Students with an offer can submit an application online up to nine months prior to course start.You would need to submit an application via the Future Finance website. https://universityoflaw.futurefinance.com/The University of Law will be required to verify your enrolment on the course before any funding is released; this will be completed after you have undergone registrationAny loan funds requested for tuition will be released directly to The University of Law to be applied towards your tuition.

Further Information



University of Law postgraduate scholarships - No. of awards TBC

At The University of Law, we are committed to widening participation to those wishing to study law. We are offering a comprehensive range of scholarships and law bursary schemes with a fund of more than £400,000 available.
Financial contributions are available towards all postgraduate course fees and are available to those whose circumstances may otherwise prevent them from entering the legal profession. This may include those who do not possess the traditional qualifications or means to study at university.We are continuing to offer discretionary financial awards for July 2016 applicants with strong academic credentials. The available funds for such awards are limited and are awarded on the basis of merit and need.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household where the average income for the last 12 months has been £25,000 or less.

Application Procedure

You will need to have received an offer for one of our postgraduate courses and be from a household where the average income for the last 12 months has been £25,000 or less.Register your interest in one of the awards listed below to commence the application process. You’ll receive an email to confirm your registration and to explain the next steps of the application process. As part of the application, you will be required to take an online skills assessment.Note that by registering your interest below, depending on your eligibility, you could be put forward for multiple scholarships and bursaries. Successful applicants will only be eligible for one award.Any queries about the scholarships and bursaries available should be directed to our scholarships team via [email protected] wish you the best of luck.

Further Information



Choose Law Full-Fee Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The University of Law are offering four full-fee scholarships to students wishing to studythe GDL, BPTC or LPC in September 2016, giving you the opportunity to choose law, irrespective of your financial situation.Entry criteria: You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.Personal information required: ‌•Full name
‌•Name of institution studying / have studied with
‌•Confirmation have obtained (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree (or international equivalent)
‌•Household income in the last 12 months
‌•Any challenges that the student may be facing that would not allow them to study with usProcess: On receipt of your scholarship application, you will be invited to take an online skills assessment and if successful, you will be required to submit a short essay on a law related topic. Students who submit an essay but are not awarded a full-fee scholarship, will automatically be put forward for one of our four runner up awards, each worth £2,000.Deadlines:‌•The deadline for completing the online skills assessment is 16 June 2016.
‌•The deadline for submitting the short essay is 30 June 2016.
‌•Successful candidates will be notified by 1 August 2016.
‌•The deadlines for January 2017 will be published in due course. We will also be offering a full-fee scholarship for January 2017 courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)



You must obtain (or expect to be awarded) at least a Lower Second Class degree or international equivalent.

Application Procedure

The application process will be announced in September 2016.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

•You will be required to pass the Bar Standards Board aptitude test by 7 September 2016 (known as the Bar Course Aptitude Test - BCAT). Further details on this test can be found on the Bar Standards Board website•You will need either a qualifying law degree (QLD) 2:1 minimum or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:1 minimum*) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE•For qualifying law degrees, all offers based on predicted grades will be conditional upon achieving a 2:1 or above

Course Fees

Birmingham - £15,480, Leeds - £15,480, London Bloomsbury - £19,040

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