The online application system is called BarSAS. Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through BarSAS system. It is important to note that the system is not managed by the Bar Standards Board. Applications made through the system go straight through to the training provider, and it is their responsibility to make the decision on whether the applicant is offered a place.
To be considered for a place on the BPTC, applicants must meet the following conditions
- Have completed the academic requirements. Typically this would entail gaining a minimum of a 2:2 in their qualifying law degree, or a 2:2 in a non-law degree and a pass in Graduate Diploma in Law
- Be fluent in English. This rule applies regardless of the student’s first language. From the first day of the course and at all subsequent times, students must be able to demonstrate that their oral and written English language ability is at least equivalent to a minimum score of 7.5 in each section of the IELTS academic test or a minimum score of 73 in each part of the Pearson Test of English (academic).
- Have passed the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT). Prospective students may apply for a BPTC place via BarSAS before they have taken and passed the BCAT
- Be a member of one of the Inns of Court. Note that the deadline for joining an Inn is 31 May before commencing the course in September of the same year.
Please note that providers may impose additional selection criteria over and above the minimum requirements specified above. Please check the website of the provider you wish to apply.