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About the course

Our Bar Training Course offers a vital step in your journey towards joining the Bar, with everything from our learning technology to our academic team created to give you the expertise and experience you’ll need to pursue a future as a barrister. 

It’s a course rooted in real experiences. On one hand, you’ll have plenty of face-to-face teaching time, ensuring you get every opportunity to learn from a team that includes seasoned barristers, solicitors and members of the judiciary, together with active researchers and scholars who produce impactful legal research in the UK and internationally. On the other, with our innovative professional practice unit, you’ll be prepared for the demands of the Bar, under the mentorship of a practising barrister.   

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:2, with a final grade of 55% or above, LLB degree or completed an eligible conversion course, such as the GDL.

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Where will I study?

Where is Manchester Metropolitan University

Student Profile(s)

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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