Taught course

Bar Professional Training Course

Institution
Nottingham Trent University · Nottingham Law School
Qualifications
BPTC

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • a qualifying Law degree (normally a 2.1 or above)
  • a Graduate Diploma in Law / Common Professional Examination with a good first degree (normally 2.1 or above).


Applicants who have or are predicted a 2.2 in their Qualifying Law Degree will be considered if they can provide additional evidence of achievement in their personal statement e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience – paid or unpaid.

All applicants are expected to demonstrate commitment to the profession and an aptitude for advocacy.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Nottingham Law School's LLM BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career. The course was written and designed in conjunction with practising barristers, judges, and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.

Upon the successful completion of all elements of the course, you will be awarded with an internationally-recognised Masters in Law (LLM) qualification, and the BPTC will enable you to be called to the Bar and proceed to pupillage.

Why choose this course?

  • Successful completion of all elements of the LLM BPTC will result in a Masters award – an internationally recognised qualification.
  • Engage with real cases and gain the qualifications, practical knowledge and insight essential to employers.
  • We provide a dedicated careers and recruitment service.
  • We offer an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
  • Our pupillage rate is consistently above the national average.
  • We offer a range of options for varying types of practice.
  • You will undertake assessments with a practical focus.
  • Students are taught in small groups in high-quality teaching accommodation.
  • You will receive individual feedback in all assessable skills.
  • Scholarships worth up to half the fee are available.
  • 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (DLHE survey, postgraduate leavers 2015-16).


Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training and is one of a few educational establishments validated by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the BPTC. We offer a unique one-year LLM BPTC, which means you have the option to also gain a Masters qualification as part of your course.

The BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career. Our BPTC was written by eight barristers who came to the Law School from practice. The course was designed in conjunction with judges, practising barristers and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.

In a changing legal education environment it is important that our courses meet the needs of students and employers. This is why we have redesigned our BPTC so that it also offers the opportunity to gain a Masters (LLM) award. To gain the LLM, you will complete a dissertation or undertake practical legal work experience. There are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau or carrying out placements within a professional legal setting.

Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the traditional BPTC award.

Qualification and course duration

BPTC

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Nottingham Law School Enquiries
Email
nls.enquiries@ntu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 848 4460