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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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Kaplan Law School shuts down BPTC, refers students to University of Law

Kaplan Law School has cancelled its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), saying that the economics of the course forced its decision.

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Law students to 'hold hands' of divorcing couples

Students and trainees may be brought in to ”hold the hands” of divorcing couples in a government attempt to plug the legal aid gap.



Mooting: how to be successful

2-Jun-2014 | By Richard Simmons

Lawyer 2B assembled a panel of mooting experts, including a number of national champions, to give their tips on how to get started – and how to do well.


Tips from a moderately successful mooter

9-Dec-2013 | By Amy Woolfson

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.

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) 

Diversity figures

Diversity: Cutting your losses

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

Michael Mansfield QC

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.



Aspiring barristers face different funding challenges to wannabe solicitors. Becky Waller-Davies gives some sound advice on the various options

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