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Bar Professional Training Course


Bar Professional Training Course


The BPTC is the compulsory course that all aspiring barristers must complete successfully prior to starting pupillage. The aim of the course, which can be studied either full- or part-time, is to bridge the gap between the academic study of law and the skills that are needed in practice.

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Scrap BPTC in favour of two-year pupillage, says Criminal Bar Association head

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) should be scrapped in favour of a two-year pupillage, the head of the Criminal Bar Association has said.

Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers raises pupillage award to £72,500, the highest at the Bar

Atkin Chambers has revamped its graduate recruitment process, exiting the Pupillage Gateway system and offering its pupils £72,500 from 2016 - the highest award at the Bar.


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Why the BSB’s Professional Statement matters for aspiring barristers

28-Apr-2015 | By Becky Waller-Davies

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) recently said that its professional statement could be the key to unlocking the bar for many people who are currently unable to access the profession.

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Legal education: are the right things being taught? video


The legal landscape is changing and questions are being raised about whether legal education is still fit for purpose. Lawyer 2B assembled some experts to give their views…


Tips from a moderately successful mooter

Mooting season is upon us. Whether you are planning to take part for the first time, or consider yourself a seasoned mooter, these tips are designed to get you thinking and help you to enjoy the experience.

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The Inns of Court

On completion of your law degree or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), you must join one of the four Inns of Court – Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple or Lincoln’s Inn – before enrolling on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) 

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Diversity: Cutting your losses

With legal aid cuts hitting minority-friendly areas of the bar, is it time to give up your legal dreams?

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Michael Mansfield QC: A radical at the bar

There are few more high profile barristers than Michael Mansfield QC, Lawyer 2B met up with him to talk legal aid cuts, student exploitation and his anger at injustice.

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