Taught course

Bar Professional Training Studies LLM

University of the West of England, Bristol · Bristol Law School

Entry requirements

Please see our website for more information.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop your knowledge of litigation; your skills in written and oral advocacy, research, conference, mediation and negotiation, and build a strong foundation for your future as a barrister. Our LLM Bar Professional Training Studies (BPTS) is demanding yet rewarding. The course equips you with an LLM qualification, includes the interim award of the PG Diploma Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and allows eligible students to apply for a postgraduate loan. We will support you throughout your studies and you will have numerous excellent opportunities to help secure a pupillage.

Outstanding quality of teaching

You will be taught by a dedicated team of barristers, solicitors and judges, with access to an unrivalled range of facilities to enhance your study experience.

Real-world experience

We will provide you with opportunities to enhance your opportunity to successfully obtain pupillage.

  • Participate in our award-winning pro bono Law Court Clinic
  • Hone your mooting skills in our Bristol Chambers sponsored mooting competitions
  • Appear in the Bristol Crown Court or in the Civil Justice Centre before real life judges in family, criminal and civil commercial advocacy competitions sponsored by the Chambers
  • Advocate in front of members of chambers from the Western Circuit on the occasion of our advocacy masterclasses (twice annually)

Alternative dispute resolution training

At the end of the course, you'll have the opportunity to train with an external commercial mediation training organisation, to become an accredited Civil Commercial Mediator.

Read the Chambers Guide review of our BPTC and this Lawyer2B's article on Bristol's thriving legal sector.

Hear more about what it's like to study law at UWE Bristol watch Sarah's film, 'Putting learning into practice' and Sophie's film about her experiences becoming a Barrister.

You can also come along to one of our law events and taster sessions.

For up date list of modules and course delivery please visit our website.

We hold a number of University-wide open evenings as well as a number of subject specific events throughout the year for anyone considering postgraduate and professional study. Visit our website.

Fees and funding

Please see our postgraduate funding pages for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
10 months
part time
24 months


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

UWE Admissions
+44 (0)117 32 83333