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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Course Description

Designed to provide you with the skills and expertise you will need for a successful career as a barrister, the BPTC course at Manchester Law School will provide you with the rigorous academic training demanded by the Bar.

Manchester Law School has an excellent reputation for barrister training in the North West and has outstanding links to both the legal profession and the Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston). Practitioners from the Northern Circuit provide additional advocacy sessions for students and are on-hand at regular events to offer advice about your future as a barrister and obtaining pupillage.

The BPTC focuses on developing highly practical skills and features an innovative 'mini-chambers' approach designed to mirror the real life working practices of a barrister. You will be placed in a group (or chamber) with 12 other students and be provided with a permanent, multi-media equipped base room. You will be expected to 'perform' regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage the development of strong working relationships similar to a professional chambers.

The BPTC begins with a participative and dynamic induction programme introducing students to the highly practical BPTC, compared with academic study. Students are almost immediately offered the opportunity to network with local practitioners during a team building exercise and social event. Following this induction, the remainder of the course features a combination of compulsory subjects and an opportunity to study two subjects of your choice, depending on your particular career aspirations.

You will also take part in career prospect enhancing activities that range from guest talks by Judges and Clerks of Chambers to lessons in voice projection, which are all ideal preparations for BPTC students seeking pupillage. An important feature of the course is the Additional Advocacy Classes provided by members of the Northern Circuit to help you realise your full potential in developing these vital skills. Each chambers group will also receive classes on professional conduct from a working barrister acting as the group’s Practitioner Mentor.

The BPTC is taught by an experienced team of barristers as well as a Deputy District Judge. You predominantly learn through the mini-chambers system outlined above (requiring significant student preparation) and occasionally by traditional lecture. Teaching is complemented by online resources ranging from self-testing resources and podcasts to advocacy demonstrations.

Additionally, the Law School runs several pro bono legal schemes, offering students the opportunity to practise their skills on live legal projects. The Law School also enters teams of students into national competitions to test their skills in realistic situations.

This course is aimed at preparing you for pupillage and life as a barrister, but the skills learned are applicable to a wide range of professions. Our graduates have a strong history of finding pupillage, or pursuing other careers in the legal sector.

Manchester Law School offers excellent Pro Bono opportunities, allowing students to undertake voluntary legal work with many organisations. Our dedicated careers adviser will also provide assistance with finding mini-pupillages and initiating links to the profession.

Special Features

. NEW additional independent professional qualification in mediation available to all BPTC students - at no extra cost! Presented by highly experienced tutors and mediation practitioners. Practically orientated and focused on equipping you with the skills you need to perform well at mediation.
. State-of-the-art facilities in the modern Manchester Law School building, adjacent to the brand new £75m Business School and student hub.
. Friendly, supportive staff who are all qualified lawyers, and in many cases still practising.
. You will have the opportunity to take part in the practitioner mentor scheme, which pairs students with local practising barristers.
. The course has very close links with the local Bar.
. You will take part in career prospect enhancing activities that range from guest talks by Judges and Clerks of Chambers to lessons in voice projection, all ideal preparations for BPTC students seeking pupillage.
Voice coaching.
. Classes on professional conduct led by each 'chambers' group's Practitioner Mentor.

Want to meet the staff and find out more?
We hold a number of open days, drop-ins and postgraduate events throughout the year which are a perfect opportunity to meet the tutors, view the facilities and get all your questions answered. To see when the next BPTC event is taking place please visit our website

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

Entry Requirements

To be considered for a place on the BPTC, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria:. You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme.. You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test.BPTC will be expected to have been awarded at least a 2:2 at degree level. All BPTC offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Ins of Court.

Course Fees

Full-time UK and EU students: £13,250. Previous MMU law students receive a 10% discount on their BPTC fees. Non-EU overseas students: £13,250.

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