Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University has launched a new BPTC which also incorporates a Masters qualification.
The new LLM BPTC – the first of its kind – will still be a one-year course, but students who do it will also have to complete a dissertation or undertake practical legal work experience.
The school will still offer the standard BPTC without the additional qualification.
Helen Hudson, head of postgraduate professional programmes at the law school, said: “In a changing legal education environment it’s important that we review and innovate our courses to meet the needs of students and employers. We gathered feedback from a number of sources which indicated that students consider the ability to acquire an LLM alongside their studies for the BPTC very attractive.
“The course provides students with an internationally recognised qualification and gives them an enhanced insight into the law and the legal profession. There are a number of options open to them, such as undertaking pro bono activity through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau or carrying out placements within a professional legal setting.”
Data released by the Bar Standards Board earlier this year revealed that 26 of 179 students who took the BPTC at Nottingham Trent across 2011, 2012, and 2013 have since got pupillage.
The law school vigorously defended the high price of the BPTC on Lawyer 2B last year.
Also last year, Nottingham Law School became the first university to apply for an Alternative Business Structure (ABS) licence with the aim of turning its legal advice centre into a ‘teaching law firm’.
It 2014 it partnered with the China University of Political Science and Law to offer a joint degree aimed at increasing the recruitment of Chinese students onto Nottingham Trent’s postgraduate courses.