Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training and is one of only nine educational establishments validated by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the Bar Professional Training Course for intending barristers. The BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career.
Our LLM BPTC was designed in conjunction with judges, practising barristers and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.
At Nottingham Law School you have the option to complete an additional dissertation module, the cost of which is included in the course tuition, for which you will be award with an internationally recognised Masters in Law (LLM) qualification.
Before starting the BPTC I had heard from various barristers that I had met while undertaking a mini-pupillage, that Nottingham Law School was one the best law schools in the country, known primarily for its excellence and critical approach to law, and that the quality of training here was commendable and of a high standard. The academics in the Law School have practised as lawyers in different areas of law, and provide you with extra practical support. Also, the Legal Advice Centre here has gained national prominence in terms of pro bono and its partnership with Freedom Representation Unit (FRU).
Studying for the BPTC has widened my scope and vision in terms of what I want to do with my life and made me believe that it is achievable and tangible. The workload is very overwhelming and demanding, gives you a real taste of what life as a barrister would be like. It has harnessed in me great discipline, commitment, hard work and focus.
My short-term goals are to get pupillage and start practice as a Criminal barrister. In the long-term, I want to work with an international organisation, like the United Nations or the International Criminal Court, where I will be able to make an international impact.
You will need either a qualifying Law degree (normally a 2.1 or above) or a Graduate Diploma in Law/Common Professional Examination with a good first degree (normally 2.1 or above). Applicants who have or are predicted a 2.2 in their Qualifying Law Degree will be considered if they can provide additional evidence of achievement in their personal statement e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience - paid or unpaid. All applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to the profession and an aptitude for advocacy.
Recipient: Nottingham Trent University
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