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updated on 05 September 2019

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The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is a one-year, practical course, designed to provide training that is specific to the work of a junior barrister (a two-year, part-time course is also available at some law schools). Students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities (including mock trials, debating and extra mini-pupillages) that will help them to develop the necessary skills. The BPTC helps to prepare you for the 12-month pupillage and beyond. 

Note that all students must have joined an Inn of Court before enrolment on the BPTC.

Change ahead: Future Bar Training

The Bar Standards Board is currently working to change the training and qualification process to become a barrister. Subject to Legal Services Board approval, the new Bar training rules will come into force in early 2019 with the aim of making the qualification process for becoming a barrister more flexible, accessible and affordable, while at the same time maintaining standards of entry. Keep an eye on this page for updates and use our search function to search ‘Future Bar Training’ for the latest news.

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