BPP University Law School widens access to profession with latest collaboration

updated on 03 May 2023

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Legal education provider BPP University Law School (BPP) has introduced a new scholarship for aspiring barristers as part of a joint venture with Bridging the Bar Academy (BTB), a non-profit registered charity.

The programme was founded in 2020 and aims to support those from “a range of statistically underrepresented groups” at the Bar. Since then, it’s provided candidates with exciting opportunities to facilitate their journeys to becoming barristers.

The charity states it exists to “bridge the gap between candidates from non-traditional backgrounds and the skills, experience and networks required to develop a career at the Bar”. BTB’s collaboration with BPP, the largest provider of Bar course training, will allow the BTB scheme to grow and help more aspiring barristers reach their career goals.

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The partnership aims to provide students with:

  • work experience;
  • mentoring;
  • personal development workshops; and
  • resources that’ll assist them in increasing their chance of securing pupillage.

BPP will be the headline sponsor of the BTB Academy, providing 100 students with educational training and development opportunities listed above. The university also notes that successful candidates will follow “a competitive application process”.

BPP will also provide five £5,000 scholarships for BPP’s Barrister Training Course to future BTB Academy members who’d otherwise be unable to afford to study for the Bar.

Jonny Hurst, senior lecturer and law marketing lead at BPP, said: “We’re extremely excited about this new partnership and share BTB’s passion and commitment to widen participation at the Bar so that the profession better reflects the diverse world we inhabit. As a university, we’re absolutely committed to training and supporting anyone who aspires to become a legal professional, regardless of their ethnic or socio-economic background, sexuality, disability, or long-term health condition.”