THE UNIVERSITY OF LAW

BAR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COURSE (BPTC)

LLM  |  Placement Year:   No
Programme description
Key Modules

At The University of Law, we recognise that your ultimate goal is to obtain pupillage, progress onto tenancy and hone all the skills and experience you need to develop your practice. That’s why we ensure that every step of the way, you have dedicated careers support and a wealth of opportunities to progress.

A personal careers service

The University of Law has the UK’s largest law careers and employability service, with more than 30 experts providing support as soon as you accept your place. Through one-on-one careers appointments, live and virtual workshops, the careers team advise on:

  • CVs and cover letters
  • Mini-pupillage applications
  • Which sets to apply to based on your interests and profile
  • Pupillage applications: drafting and review
  • Interview preparation, including spotting and debating current affairs and relevant legal topics
  • Mock interviews
  • Deciding between pupillage offers
  • Post-BPTC employment, scholarships and further study
Events

As well as bespoke advice and assistance, our careers team are able to organise a wide-range of events and presentations thanks to our excellent links with chambers across the country. 

Typical events include:

  • Inviting the barristers on pupillage committees to discuss and answer questions about the pupillage application process
  • Specialist panels and external speakers discussing the nuances of specific practice areas e.g. Commercial & Chancery and Family
  • Presentations by external speakers including specialist practitioners and representatives from the Inns of Court
  • Discussion on the non-legal aspects of being a barrister including talks from a chambers’ client care manager and a tax consultant
  • A small number of evenings hosted by specific chambers, reserved for ULaw students only
Pro bono opportunities

The University runs a varied pro bono programme at all of our campuses, which allows our students to gain experience in dealing with real cases while helping the local community. You’ll get valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting, whilst helping those who may not otherwise have access to legal support and advice.

Current projects include: Legal Advice Centre, Streetlaw, Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Environmental Law Foundation, Communities Empowerment Network and County Court Runner Scheme.

Module & Subject

With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day. 

What will the course cover?

Knowledge areas
Core skills

Study options

Mock trials

Master of Laws (LLM)

Knowledge areas
  • Civil litigation and evidence
  • Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
  • Professional ethics
Core skills
  • Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
  • Conferencing
  • Drafting
  • Opinion writing
  • Resolution of disputes out of court
Study options

In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

  • Advanced criminal litigation
  • Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
  • Chancery
  • International commercial practice
  • Employment tribunal practice
  • Family practice
  • Immigration practice and asylum
  • Judicial review
  • Personal injury and clinical negligence
Mock trials

We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

  • Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
  • Online advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
  • Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts
Master of Laws (LLM)

If you study our BPTC LLM, you will undertake pro bono legal cases under the Legal Advice Clinic at your campus. You will take part in the Full Representation Service which includes representing lay clients in courts and tribunals. You will meet regularly with your supervisor and work with your student partner(s) on the cases - meeting clients, writing letters of advice, pleadings and representing the clients at hearings.

Entry Requirements
    • 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)
      UK or Republic of Ireland award:
      • 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).

    Selection event

    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 e-mailbptcadmissions@law.ac.uk  

     

    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. 

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  • Visa requirements

    If you are a non-EEA national who requires a visa to attend an assessment or study weekend, the University can provide you with a supporting letter to come to the UK as a Short-Term Student.  You can find further information about the Short-Term Study route on our Visa Requirements page.

    Please note that you will not be eligible for Tier 4 sponsorship, as this is not permitted for online courses.

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  19400.00
Course Level:  POSTGRADUATE
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  liverpool
Intake Deadline
JANUARY