When and how to apply

Our advice to candidates is to submit applications as early as possible. For the 2016-17 academic year, first-round applications will open in January 2016. Exact dates for clearance and closing, as well as future years, are not yet released - you should check well in advance for the new timetable when it becomes availale on the BSB website.

Applications for a place on the BPTC at most providers must be made through the central applications system at www.barsas.com. As well as the additional criteria of individual providers, candidates must satisfy new BSB admission requirements. First, students must hold at least a 2.2 degree (either in law or non-law plus a pass in the GDL). Second, if English is not their first language, students must gain a score of at least 7.5 in all subjects of the British Council's IELTS test or a TOEFL score of 28 in each section.

In addition, candidates must take the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT), designed to examine an applicant's chances of success at the Bar. The BSB has made a practice test available here.