Case study

Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) — Thomas Cockburn

Thomas studied English literature, before doing the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP University Law School

Why did you choose to study at BPP?

I chose BPP because, during my GDL, I was impressed by the quality of the teaching, resources and careers support. The institution also offered me a scholarship and an excellence award, which helped with my course fees considerably.

Tell us about the course...

The BPTC involves a mixture of skills-based and knowledge-based learning. These two elements complement each other, since the study of criminal and civil litigation is put into practice when preparing for advocacy and written skills classes. Small class sizes mean that you get plenty of personal feedback from the teaching staff. Assessments are spread over the year.

What is the best bit about studying the BPTC?

The opportunity to practise, get feedback on and improve my advocacy skills, because this is what drove me to pursue a career at the Bar.

What advice would you give to others considering the BPTC?

The BPTC is difficult and expensive, so I'd advise students to ensure that it's what they really want to do and that they've taken advantage of all available financial support. After you've started the course, you should take every opportunity to improve your advocacy skills. You could, for example, compete in moots and participate in events with the Inns of Court or their circuit.

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