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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 a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West and has outstanding links to both the local 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 parctices of a barrister. You will be placed in a group (or chambers) with 12 other students and 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. You will also receive the opportunity to gain an independent mediation qualification, included as part of the course.

Core units


• Advocacy
• Civil Litigation Remedies and Evidence
• Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing
• Professional Ethics
• Opinion Writing
• Drafting
• Conference Skills
• Resolution of Disputes out of Court

Elective units

There are approximately eight elective units for BPTC students to choose from, of which six will run depending on the popularity of each units chosen by the students.

Please note: the delivery of each elective is subject to the requirement that there must be sufficient students selecting to study it.

Study patterns

The BPTC is taught by an experienced team of barristers as well as Tribunal Chairs. 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 your skills in realistic situations. We have had great success at winning coveted national and international competitions for mooting and client interviewing.

Features & benefits of the course:

• Full-time and part-time routes available.
• 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 £75m Faculty and Student Hub building.
• Friendly, supportive staff who are all qualified lawyers, and in many cases still practising.
• The course has very close links with the local Bar.
• Classes on professional conduct led by each 'chambers' group's Practitioner Mentor.

Additional Fee Information

Refer to the course listing on Manchester Met's website for UK, EU, and non-EU international student fees.
Please note, you will also be required to pay a Bar Standards Board student fee of £550. Previous Manchester Met students who have completed a full-time undergraduate degree receive a 20% loyalty discount on their BPTC fees.

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

Entry Requirements

You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme and will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test. Students are selected primarily on academic ability and must have been awarded at least a 2:2 at first degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills are also considered. All BPTC offers are subject to students successfully completing the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and having enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court.

Course Fees

Full-time UK and EU students: £12,200 · Non-EU overseas students: £12,500

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