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Are you dreaming of a career as a barrister? Look no further than our Bar Training Course. Designed to give you the expertise and experience needed to succeed in the legal profession, this course offers a practical and real-world approach to learning. With a team of seasoned barristers, solicitors, and members of the judiciary, as well as access to specialist facilities like chambers rooms and a moot court room, you'll be fully prepared for the demands of the Bar. Whether you have an LLB degree or a non-law degree with an eligible conversion course, we have the pathway for you. Start your journey to the Bar today!

About the course

Our Bar Training Course (BTC) is professionally focused and brings together the essential practical skills, legal knowledge and understanding of professionalism required to thrive at the Bar, or in a related field. We’ll help you develop resilience, confidence and leadership skills that you can take forward into your future career. 

We have a long-standing history of successfully delivering bar training in Manchester, in a truly supportive environment. Everything about our BTC is built to prepare you for life as a barrister. You’ll work with fellow students in a friendly mini chambers group, designed to mirror the real-life practices you’ll face in a career at the Bar. 

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Entry Requirements

To be considered for a place on the Bar Training Course, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:

You will have an LLB degree, which included the seven foundation subjects (Contract Law, Tort, Criminal Law, EU Law, Public Law, Land Law and Equity and Trusts)
OR, you will hold a non-law degree and have successfully completed an eligible conversion course (which includes the seven foundation subjects), such as the GDL.

Please see the course website for further details.


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Where will I study?

Where is Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Profile

Andrew Ozanian

Why did you choose to study the Bar Course at Manchester Law School?

Having already graduated with an LLB and LLM in Manchester, I ended up knowing a lot of people in the city that were recent graduates in the legal sector. Then, when looking to take the Bar as the next step, everyone told me how good the Bar Course teaching staff were at Manchester Metropolitan University. The fact that I was interested in practicing at a northern set also played a big part, as networking opportunities offered by the University were really great.

How would you describe the teaching and support you received at Manchester Law School?

Every tutor I had was either a practising barrister or had practiced in the past. This made a huge difference - taking the theory and bringing it to life with how it applies in the real world. I went from being a confident but average mooter/debater to achieving the highest score in the year for advocacy. My performance absolutely came down to the support and individual feedback I received from my tutors.

What piece of advice would you give to someone who was looking to study the Bar Course at Manchester Met?

Being able to balance the demanding workload of the course with important networking opportunities is the key to success. Also, course-mates that work together succeed together – you are all in the same boat helping each other will only make things easier. Remember that your reputation is really important so always be professional, you never know where a pupillage opportunity can come up.

What is your current career?

I am privileged to be part of International Bridges to Justice (IBJ), a Human Rights NGO that specialises in building criminal defence legal-aid systems in developing countries. Often laws written to protect rule of law and due process exist on paper, yet these laws are often not applied in the real world due to lack of resources, capacity or commitment. That is where IBJ steps in, with a systematic approach to providing early access to competent legal counsel for those accused of crime.

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