Bar Vocational Studies PGDip/LLM

City, University of London    The City Law School

Full time & Part time September PGDip, LLM 1 year full time, 2 years part time

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Key information

Prepare for Call to the Bar of England and Wales by studying our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programme. Study the core components required for Call to the Bar with the option of adding an area of specialism and progressing to complete an LLM.

Course overview

Our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programmes allow you to be called to the Bar. Our full-time, part-time and two-part options offer you a choice a combination of learning methods and routes depending on your requirements and learning style.

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Entry Requirements

For the full-time and part-time routes:

The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree classified as not less than a lower-second class honours (2:2) or equivalent. This can be either a law degree or a non-law degree plus further graduate/postgraduate study in Law and in either case must cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and satisfy the Professional Statement competence. The Bar Standards Board can advise on non-standard qualifications.

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Natalie Bird

"Working with pro bono allowed me to use the drafting skills that I am learning on the BPTC, with real-life clients as opposed to hypothetical cases"

Which pro bono project did you work on?

The Intervene Immigration Project with Kesar & Co.

What did you have to do?

I assisted an immigration solicitor and prepared online applications to review refusals of asylum claims. I also helped compile a bundle for the urgent judicial review of an asylum claimant's case and raced across London in order to file it at the Upper Tribunal before the claimant was due to be removed back to Albania on a flight the next morning!

Did you take part in any pro bono activity before coming to The City Law School?

I helped to co-ordinate the Free Law Advice branch of the Cambridge University Students' Pro Bono Society.

Did you find the pro bono experiences beneficial to your studies?

Definitely, as it allowed me to use the drafting skills that I am learning on the BPTC, with real-life clients as opposed to hypothetical cases.

What do you think are the benefits of taking part in pro bono activities/projects?

You get to put your legal training into action in a way that you simply can't during your scheduled lessons, and (hopefully) assist people that might otherwise not have benefited from any legal assistance.

Do you have any advice or tips for new students who will take part in pro bono projects in the future?

I recommend that you sign up for as many projects as you are interested in - you will be able to make time for them, and you will greatly enjoy them, so just get stuck in.

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