Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

Bar Professional Training Course
The University of Law offers the best legal training - and Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is no exception. BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring, a bespoke level of careers support and a wealth of pro bono projects giving you invaluable experience. With its unique combination of face-to-face teaching and online training, the BPTC structure has been designed to reflect the litigation process that practising barristers encounter every day. 

Knowledge areas
- Civil litigation, evidence and remedies
- Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing
- Professional ethics

Core skills
- Advocacy, including examination-in-chief, cross-examination and civil applications
- Conferencing
- Drafting
- Opinion writing
- Resolution of disputes out of court

Study options
In your final term, you’ll choose to study two options from a list that includes:

- Advanced criminal litigation
- Alternative dispute resolution: mediation
- Chancery
- International commercial practice
- Employment tribunal practice
- Family practice
- Immigration practice and asylum
- Judicial review
- Personal injury and clinical negligence

Mock trials
We give you as many opportunities as possible to hone your essential advocacy skills and put what you learn into practice:

- Participating in mock trials in real courtrooms with real judges and senior barristers
- Advocacy skill demonstrations with feedback from practising barristers
- Visits to the High Court, Magistrate’s Court, Crown Court and County Courts

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