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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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The Bar Standards Board's BPTC enrolment fee has risen by 60 per cent in four years

The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) enrolment fee has risen by nearly two thirds in just four years, with the Bar Standards Board (BSB) now charging bar students 60 per cent more to enrol on the BPTC than in 2012/13.

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BPTC fees rise as Inns of Court estimate students waste £5m on the course every year

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) fees have risen by 9 per cent in three years nationwide, while fees in the capital have been hiked by 12 per cent in the same period.


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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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Inns of Court

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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