The online application system is called BarSAS. Applications for a place on the BAR Professional Training Course (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.

Who should study BPTC?

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

Objectives

The Bar Professional Training Course is a rigorous programme designed to reflect the modern working Bar. The programme mainly taught in the UK by professionally-qualified experts and covers three essential areas:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Written and oral advisory skills
  3. Drafting skills.

Underpinning all of these areas is a foundation of analysis and legal research, combined with the need to set priorities and organise your work in order to meet deadlines.

Entry Requirements

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. You can check your eligibility by filling up the form below. We will reveiw your details and give you call back.