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.