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Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Course Description

About this course

The Bar is not simply a career; it is a vocation. No two days are alike, and the diverse nature of cases and clients require the successful barrister to possess a range of practical and intellectual skills. Northumbria’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) will equip you with the skills and attitude required for a highly successful career - not only at the Bar - but across the legal profession, business and politics.

We teach skills in small groups, enabling great student-staff contact. The teaching team for our BPTC course is composed mostly of experienced barristers and solicitors. You will therefore benefit from the highest quality of practice-informed teaching, as well as feedback tailored to your individual developmental needs.

Northumbria Law School’s outstanding facilities, including our mock courtrooms and extensive IT provision, will enhance your learning experience. You will also have the unique opportunity of applying to study in our award-winning Student Law Office, delivering real legal representation, in real cases to real clients.

Northumbria Law School has close links with the Bar and judiciary of the North East, which provides excellent opportunities for mini-pupillage and marshalling. Additionally, students on our BPTC course have the opportunity to compete for our excellent overseas legal placements.

Your career is our priority. We will prepare you for job interviews (pupillage or otherwise) with mock interviews, an exercise which has yielded notable results. In all respects, you will leave our Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) as a highly accomplished and highly attractive employment prospect.

- BPTC Dean's Awards
Northumbria Law School offers a number of BPTC scholarships with a total value of £45,000. They are open to all students applying for the full-time, part-time or LLM in Bar Practice. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via BPTC Online by the January deadline.

The Bar Professional Training Course is designed to prepare students for pupillage in England and Wales. Therefore, a simulated pupillage application is used as a selection method, closely followed by an interview for those shortlisted applicants.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/bar-professional-training-course-bptc-ft-dtfbpt6/

Who would this Course suit?

Ambitious and dedicated students who wish to combine an interest in law with an adventurous and rewarding career.

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

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must either have obtained a Qualifying Law Degree, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law or otherwise have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. All students are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC. Bar Course Aptitude Test Applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and requires prospective students to achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB. For more information please visit View Website

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