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The types of skills that are developed include those that relate to casework, legal research, written and interpersonal communication, opinion writing, conference (ie, interviewing clients), drafting, negotiation and advocacy (ie, court work).
Students take modules in civil litigation and remedies, criminal litigation and sentencing, evidence, professional ethics plus two optional subjects chosen from a selection of at least six (which will vary from course to course).
Assessment techniques vary from provider to provider, but it is common to have a mixture of multiple choice, practical exercises (including videoed performances) and written papers. Three examinations are set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) – civil litigation, criminal litigation and professional ethics.