To be eligible to take up your place, you must comply with the requirements for commencing a Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) set out by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The Academic Stage Handbook gives you full information about these requirements.
- You will be required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test by August of the year you commence your studies. The exact date will be published soon. Further details on this test can be found on the Bar Standards Board website
- You will need either a qualifying law degree (QLD) 2:1 minimum or an undergraduate degree in any other subject (2:1 minimum*) and a Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
- For qualifying law degrees, all offers based on predicted grades will be conditional upon achieving a 2:1 or above
- Applicants who meet the basic eligibility criteria may then be invited to attend a selection interview at one of our campuses.
* For non QLD applicants with a 2:2, offers based on predicted GDL grade will be conditional upon achieving distinction or commendation
English language requirement
- You must be fluent in English and you will need to be able to demonstrate your oral and written English is equivalent to:
- Score of 7.5 in all four areas
- Score of 73 in all four areas(pearson)
- Qualifying Law Degree - 1st or 2:1
- GDL - distinction or commendation
- Medical, dentistry, veterinary degree - pass
Please note: The University will not accept TOEFL English Language test as a proof of students' English proficiency until further notice due to Home Office investigation.
If you are a non-EEA student you will also require a visa covering the full duration of your course (see below).
In order to be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants will be required to attend aselection interview in February at our BPTC campuses. At the interview you will undertake:
- A 5 minute 'plea in mitigation' in the magistrates' court - you will be given 40 minutes to prepare
- A 10 minute interview
- A 40 minute written exercise where you will be asked to write an opinion, the subject matter of which will be published nearer the time
Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)
Candidates seeking entry to the BPTC are required to pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) before being allowed to enrol on the course. The BCAT opens in April next year.
We strongly recommend you sit the test as soon as possible and no later than the end of August. We will guarantee to hold your offer open until you have successfully passed the test. Should you fail to pass, you are able to re-sit the test after 30 days. As you must successfully pass the test before you can enrol on the BPTC course, we encourage you to sit the test as early as you can – this will allow plenty of time should you need to take it again, before the deadline. For further information please check the Bar Standards Board website.
Inns of Court
You must join an Inn of Court before you can start the BPTC. The closing date for application to an Inn of Court is 31 May of the year your BPTC is due to commence. Please contact the relevant Inn for further details:
Again, you must fulfil all eligibility requirements by the start of the course – failure to do so may result in you being prevented from joining the course. If you think that this may be a problem (for example, if you have late assessment results), please contact our Admissions Team as soon as possible on 0800 289997 (UK), +44 (0)1483 216000 (international) or firstname.lastname@example.org
BPTC selection criteria
- Academic profile and achievement
- Demonstrated fluency in English language
- Oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated commitment to a career as a barrister
- Demonstrated commitment to studying with The University of Law
- Any special circumstances revealed in your application
- Academic or other references
The criteria for admission onto the Master of Laws (LLM) is the same as for the BPTC.
The University of Law fully complies with equal opportunities legislation and actively encourages diversity within the legal profession. Our admissions process acts fairly and aims to enable students to make the best use of their talents. You are encouraged to tell us about any special requirements at the earliest opportunity. This will allow us to discuss how we may go about meeting your requirements.
Please see important information issued by the Bar Standards Board for those wishing to study for the Bar of England and Wales.