Taught course

Bar Practice

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Applicants must either have obtained a Qualifying Law Degree, passed the Graduate Diploma in Law or otherwise have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. All students are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC. Bar Course Aptitude Test Applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and requires prospective students to achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB

Months of entry


Course content

This full-time programme offers students the opportunity to work towards an LLM qualification and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Professional Training over two years.

The aim of the programme is to enhance the knowledge and skills students will attain from the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) by simultaneously developing their knowledge and understanding of a specific area of law through their study under an LLM programme. The LLM programme requires students to undertake a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words in a subject linked to an area of study under the BPTC, thus enhancing their Bar qualification, knowledge, research skills and employability.

The programme offers a different pathway to students who would like to attain an award under the Bar Professional Training Course but would, at the same time, like to enhance their legal research skills through the completion of a project.

Programme content

During the programme student develop a range of essential skills, which include:

  • Advocacy
  • Drafting
  • Opinion Writing
  • Conference Skills
  • Resolution of Disputes Out of Court

Evidence, criminal litigation and civil litigation are also taught as discrete subjects, as well as being integrated with the main skill areas.

All students choose two specialist options. Current options include:

  • Civil Practice
  • Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury
  • Chancery Practice
  • Commercial Practice
  • Criminal Practice
  • Employment Practice
  • Family Practice
  • Landlord and Tenant
  • Student Law Office – students will work in Northumbria’s Student Law Office, which is the largest student law clinic in the country, working on real legal problems for members of the public, subject to maximum numbers.

The programme focuses on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. Students will complete a legal research and study skills module designed to enable them to improve their writing and research skills in preparation for a project of 15,000 – 17,000 words. The project title is chosen by the student in an area related to their BPTC studies.

Information for international students

Northumbria University applies the Bar Standards Board language requirement strictly. Please ensure that you read it carefully and understand the consequences of enrolling on the course if you do not satisfy the language requirement

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453