Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course

City, University of London · The City Law School

Entry requirements

The BPTC is a postgraduate course with basic entry requirements prescribed by the BSB. Most applicants should have a UK honours degree in law, normally with a minimum standard upper second-class award. However, it is possible to apply with a degree in another subject and a further qualification in law, such as the Common Professional Examination, the Graduate Diploma in Law, or the Graduate Entry LLB.

Months of entry


Course content

Prepare for the Bar with City’s Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and study in London’s prime legal location.

The BPTC is designed for aspiring barristers. It attracts students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. Students will have already completed a qualifying law degree or a non-law degree plus a Graduate Diploma in Law.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programme caters both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court. Bar students often have a deep commitment to helping those who need assistance in protecting their legal rights.

The course offers two possible routes:

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training (the BPTC)
  2. LLM in Bar Professional Training.

Learn more at the course page.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0)20 7040 0353