updated on 06 February 2020
Prospective barristers studying the Inns of Court College of Advocacy’s (ICCA) new Bar course will receive their Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Practice from King’s College London (KCL), after KCL’s Dickson Poon School of Law agreed to act as the course’s validating body.
The ICCA has been formally registered as a higher education provider by the Office for Students, with the first cohort of ICCA Bar Course students set to start in September 2020. Students applying to be part of that first group are currently in the middle of the selection process.
King’s Online has been involved in developing part one of the ICCA Bar Course, which is delivered through online learning. Part one covers civil and criminal litigation, taking an estimated 12-16 weeks to complete – although this can be extended.
Students who successfully complete part one can then move onto part two of the course, which is taught face to face at the Inns of Court over 22 weeks.
Lynda Gibbs, dean at the ICCA, said: "We are thrilled that our graduating Bar students will receive their Post Graduate Diploma in Bar Practice from King's College London. Our values in terms of inclusivity and employability align very closely and we are proud that King's has taken this step to validate our innovative approach to Bar training."