Bar course success rates revealed in new BSB report

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has released a new report on the prospects of aspiring barristers.

The BSB’s director of education and training Dr Simon Thornton-Wood said he hoped the results would help students considering taking the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) to make informed decisions.

“We are very aware that training to become a barrister can be expensive. We hope that the publication of today’s statistics will help students considering a career at the Bar to make a fully informed decision about their chances of success,” he said.

“However, when considering these statistics, I urge people not to look at any one factor or chart in isolation. There are many variables in play, and we intend our report to be considered in its entirety.”

The report showed that 35 per cent of all UK/EU graduates enrolled on the Bar Professional Training Course between 2011 and 2013 have gained pupillage since finishing it.

The stats also demonstrated that performance on the BPTC is a better guide to future success in securing pupillage than performance in an undergraduate degree.

The full report can be read on the Bar Standards Board website.

Last year, the BSB released data that cast light on which law school’s BPTC students are most likely to get pupillage.