When and how to apply

Our advice to candidates is to submit applications as early as possible. For the 2017-18 academic year, first-round applications opened in November 2016. The closing deadline for first-round applications is 9 January 2017. Offers of places will then be sent out from 2 March 2017, with applicants having until 4 April 2017 to accept a place. Clearing applications will be released to course providers on 14 April 2017, with the clearing round set to close on 1 September 2017. You will also have to have joined an Inn of Court by 31 May 2017. Exact dates for future years are not yet released - you should check well in advance for the new timetable when it becomes available on the BSB website.

Applications for a place on the BPTC must be made through the central applications system at https://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, since 2012 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.