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BPTC - Bar Professional Training Course

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Northumbria University

Tel: (0) 191 227 4453

Email: law@northumbria.ac.uk

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Northumbria School of Law
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST


Northumbria University has been awarded a prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for the exceptional work of its Student Law Office, which operates like a solicitor’s practice, providing huge benefits to both local community and legal education. Northumbria Law School is No.1 for percentage of law graduates in professional employment in England (DLHE Survey 2012).

The BPTC Programme

The Bar Professional Training Course is a 1 year full or 2 years part-time day release course. Students who wish to qualify as a barrister are required to complete the BPTC. This comprehensive programme provides vocational training across a range of subjects and skills necessary to enter pupillage.

Northumbria Law School’s BPTC is student-centred with skills taught in small group sessions. During the programme students develop a range of essential skills, which include; advocacy, drafting, opinion writing, conference skills and 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 five main skill areas. All subjects and skills are developed through practical sessions, in which students work on case studies and carry out a range of tasks which are typical of pupillage.

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
  • Law Office – students spend six months working in Northumbria’s Student Law Office, which is the largest in the country working on real legal problems for members of the public, subject to maximum numbers.

We offer students four separate advocacy modules providing extensive coverage of both civil and criminal advocacy skills which will equip you well for pupillage. As a member of the Law School you will benefit from careers support throughout your course such as sample pupillage interviews for you to watch and improve your interview techniques.

BPTC Dean’s Award

Northumbria Law School offers a number of BPTC scholarships with a total value of £45,000. They are open to all students applying for the full-time, part-time or LLM in Bar Practice. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via BPTC Online by the January deadline. The Bar Professional Training Course is designed to prepare students for pupillage in England and Wales. Therefore, a simulated pupillage application is used as a selection method, closely followed by an interview for those shortlisted applicants.

Learn from industry professionals

There is an excellent standard of teaching on the BPTC. Many of our tutors are practicing barristers are constantly commended on the levels of support they give to students. We have close links with the local Bar and the North East circuit so you’ll benefit from additional sessions, talks and mock trials that are delivered by Judges and specialists in particular areas of law and legal practice. You’ll receive careers support through our Student Engagement Centre that provides regular interactions and sessions throughout your study.

Our facilities

Northumbria Law School outranked 48 other leading law schools across the globe to take a second place on The Best Choice Schools website’s list of ’50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings’.  You’ll be studying in the outstanding City Campus East, with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, dedicated mock court room and our very own specialist Law Practice Library that is open 24/7 and houses a collection of practitioner materials, journals and law report.

We've invested £200 million to make sure that our campuses are places where you enjoy spending time. Our modern city campus is designed with you in mind, you'll find everything to give you an outstanding student experience including our world-class Sport Central, award-winning customer service University Library, new Trinity Square accommodation and excellent catering facilities.

Visit us

We hold a number of events throughout the year including Law Open Days. At these events you’ll be able to meet our expert teaching staff, tour our award-winning facilities and find out more about our courses.  You can find out more about our upcoming events by visiting our events page.

Alternatively we can arrange for a one to one appointment by;

  • Booking a bespoke visit – If you can visit our campus, we’d be delighted to show you the facilities
  • Request a call back – Our Academic staff will be happy to contact you

To book a one to one appointment, please click here.

How to apply

All applications for the Bar Professional Training Course, whether full-time, part-time or LLM in Bar Practice, are made through a central online application system:

www.barsas.com

Students are advised to submit their application as early as possible due to strong competition for places on the BPTC.  The BPTC Online system goes live in early November of the year prior to entry with the first round of applications closing in early January.

Please refer to the individual course page and select the fees tab near the end of the individual course information page or contact the relevant admissions team below.

UK/EU Applicant contact details:

Tel: 0191 227 4453

et.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

International Applicant contact details:

Tel: 0044 191 2274274

international@northumbria.ac.uk

BPTC Dean’s Award

Northumbria Law School offers a number of BPTC scholarships with a total value of £45,000. They are open to all students applying for the full-time, part-time or LLM in Bar Practice. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via BPTC Online by the January deadline. The Bar Professional Training Course is designed to prepare students for pupillage in England and Wales. Therefore, a simulated pupillage application is used as a selection method, closely followed by an interview for those shortlisted applicants.

Please refer to the individual course page and select the fees tab near the end of the individual course information page or contact the relevant admissions team below.

Making postgraduate study more affordable

If you've achieved a 1st or 2:1 degree then you may qualify for an Academic Scholarship worth up to 10% of your tuition fee*. As well as this Northumbria University has partnered with Moneywise** to offer full-time UK postgraduate students a loan of up to £10,000 to help with the cost of tuition fees and living expenses whilst studying on campus. Loans are interest free for the first 15 months. Click here to discover more.

Northumbria has introduced an Easy Payments scheme for full-time students. This allows you to spread your payments interest-free for up to 10 months.  For more details on the scheme click here

Part-time fees

Fees for part-time courses vary according to length. Fees can be paid in full at enrolment or by 6 equal monthly instalments by Direct Debit. Please refer to our website for further information.

 

*Academic Scholarships - Terms and conditions apply, click here for details.

**This agreement is made directly between the student and Moneywise Credit Union. Moneywise is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority No. 213486. For full terms and conditions click here.

International Applicant contact details:

Tel: 0044 191 2274274

international@northumbria.ac.uk

Northumbria Law School is an international community with a network of overseas links. Every year we welcome students from many different parts of the world who arrive to study law at Northumbria on our Direct Entrant LLB (Hons) Full-time programme, our LLB (Hons) Open Learning programme, our professional programmes such as the Graduate Diploma in Law, the Legal Practice Course and the Bar Professional Training Course or for one of our full-time Masters programmes. The Law School not only provides excellent educational opportunities to overseas students, but also offers a world of exciting possibilities to students from the UK and the European Community.

You will meet, interact and make friends with fellow students from a diverse student body – an experience that many of our graduates say is a powerful, positive and truly enhancing experience.

Northumbria Law School is part of a University with a strong International focus and therefore there are a range of support mechanisms in the University that make the International student experience a great one – from induction, advice, accommodation, part-time employment, study skills, library, student union activities, sports etc. Northumbria University’s International Office has a wide range of information for all international students which you can access directly or through our Regional Offices in China, India, Thailand and Malaysia.

In addition the city on Newcastle and the North East region offer a host of wonderful social, cultural and heritage opportunities that have helped to make Northumbria University such a popular destination for international students.

Increasingly there are opportunities for students to spend time studying overseas with one of our international partners, and we have a number of exchange partner agreements across the world and these are growing all the time.

Alternatively we have a number of distance learning programmes offered across the globe.

Visit our international webpage www.northumbria.ac.uk/international

Enrolling on one of our programmes may be the first step you take towards the legal profession or a legally related career. From day one, Northumbria Law School will help you plan your career and find out how best to progress it.

Our extensive careers programme offers regular sessions throughout your course.  Information regarding our comprehensive careers programme and events, together with notification of any placement/training contract opportunities, is regularly communicated to students.

Our Student Engagement Centre enhances students’ learning experience and career prospects by promoting all types of experiential learning including volunteering, internships, placements, overseas study and business and law clinics, which have a very positive impact on student employability.

If you are undecided as to which of the many types of legal work you would like to go into, we provide numerous sessions from practitioners explaining more about the type of work they do. So whether you are interested in commercial work, high street practice, legal aid work, in-house or local authority practice you can come and find out more about the job and ask questions of experienced lawyers in the field. Local firms hold open evenings where our students can attend their offices, participate in a range of skills sessions and gain a flavour of what they do.

Your law degree is a valuable gateway to a range of legal and non-legal careers. We arrange talks by a range of employers and recruitment experts to explain how to navigate this process successfully. We provide guidance on completing applications for training contracts, vacation placements and pupillages as well as assisting you to prepare for interviews or typical assessment centre exercises for a range of careers. All students have their own guidance tutor. You will have regular meetings with your guidance tutor and will be able to discuss with them your plans and application forms. Your guidance tutor keeps track of your progress, plans and interests through the year and will be able to write an informed and detailed reference for you if requested to do so.

 

ESSENTIALS

UCAS Code 0-

Entry Requirements

  • Qualifying Law Degree
  • Passed the GDL or satisfied the Bar Standards Board

Start Date 13/09/2015

Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-Time/Part-Time Full time/Part time

Distance Learning No

Employability

BPTC - Bar Professional Training Course

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OVERVIEW

Northumbria Law School is ranked 1st in England for the percentage of law graduates in professional employment*.  We will equip you with the knowledge and experience to make a real difference in your career.

The University has won a prestigious national award for its contribution to 'pro bono' work across the North East. The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education was awarded for the exceptional work of our Student Law Office, which operates like a solicitor's practice, providing huge benefits to both local community and legal education. If you enrol on the LLB/M Law (Exempting), Legal Practice Course (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) you will have the opportunity to try out legal practice for real through the Student Law Office. You will be advising and representing members of the public under the supervision of qualified members of staff and may even need to represent your client at court or tribunal. You’ll develop professional transferrable skills including research, public speaking, commercial awareness and team work, qualities that are highly regarded by both legal and non-legal employers.

Northumbria Law School is renowned for its unique undergraduate programmes and ground-breaking ‘Law Plus’ programmes, enabling students to secure a Qualifying Law degree while specialising in areas such as business or international business.

*DLHE Survey 2012

Learn from industry professionals

Our tutors are continuously commended on their excellent level of teaching and support as you’ll be taught by experienced academics and legally qualified staff.  We have close links with the local Bar and the North East circuit, so you’ll benefit from additional sessions, talks and mock trials that are delivered by Judges and specialists in particular areas of law and legal practice. You’ll receive careers support through our Student Engagement Centre that provides regular interactions and sessions throughout your study promoting opportunities in volunteering, internships, placements, overseas study and law clinics. All of which have a very positive impact upon student employability.

Student Law Office

Our Student Law Office is a multi-award winning pro bono legal service whereby students from the Exempting Law Degree, Legal Practice Course or Bar Professional Training Course offer free legal advice and representation to members of the public under the close supervision of qualified lawyers. The students, who participate in the Student Law Office benefit from working directly with clients, develop their legal knowledge, skills and professionalism and gain credit towards their academic or professional programme of study.

Our facilities

Northumbria Law School outranked 48 other leading law schools across the globe to take a second place on The Best Choice Schools website’s list of ’50 Most Impressive Law School Buildings’. You'll be studying in the outstanding City Campus East, with state-of-the-art lecture theatres, dedicated mock court room and our very own specialist Law Practice Library that is open 24/7 and houses a collection of practitioner materials, journals and law reports.

We've invested £200 million to make sure that our campuses are places where you enjoy spending time. Our modern city campus is designed with you in mind, you'll find everything to give you an outstanding student experience including our world-class Sport Central, award-winning customer service University Library, new Trinity Square accommodation and excellent catering facilities.

Courses

Undergraduate courses

Northumbria Law School provides a suite of law related programmes to help you achieve your goal of becoming a successful legal professional. From the traditional LLB (Hons) route through to our innovative M Law Exempting degrees which allows students to achieve a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), a Masters level qualification which allows you to enter the legal profession at trainee solicitor level. We are the only university in the UK to run the LLB (Hons)/M Law Exempting (Bar Professional Training Course).

We also provide suite of Law + courses which is a range of specialist law degrees designed to develop the knowledge and understanding of the inter-relationship between law and an additional area of study, such as Business or International Business.

Professional courses

Whether you are a graduate in law or a graduate from another discipline we offer a range of courses and flexible modes of study to help you achieve your goal of becoming a successful legal professional.

We are a leading provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) for non-law graduates looking to practise law and the Legal Practice Course (LPC) for aspiring solicitors.  We are also only six institutions outside of London to provide the Bar Professional Training Course (PBTC) and we offer an unrivalled range of Masters programmes via a flexible distance learning mode of study, designed for busy professionals or those with personal commitments.

Postgraduate courses

As a professional, you will be looking for practical and innovative programmes with enviable reputations and a diverse and interesting student base from across the globe. Look no further. Northumbria Law School offers LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals, and offered full-time or via distance learning which provides a flexible approach more suited to busy lifestyles.

FEES & FUNDING

Please refer to the individual course page and select the fees tab near the end of the individual course information page or contact the relevant admissions team below.

UK/EU Applicant contact details:

Tel: 0191 227 4453

et.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk

International Applicant contact details:

Tel: 0044 191 2274274

international@northumbria.ac.uk

BPTC Dean’s Award

Northumbria Law School offers a number of BPTC scholarships with a total value of £45,000. They are open to all students applying for the full-time, part-time or LLM in Bar Practice. Students must have selected Northumbria as either their first, second or third choice and have applied via BPTC Online by the January deadline. The Bar Professional Training Course is designed to prepare students for pupillage in England and Wales. Therefore, a simulated pupillage application is used as a selection method, closely followed by an interview for those shortlisted applicants.

Please refer to the individual course page and select the fees tab near the end of the individual course information page or contact the relevant admissions team below.

Making postgraduate study more affordable

If you've achieved a 1st or 2:1 degree then you may qualify for an Academic Scholarship worth up to 10% of your tuition fee*. As well as this Northumbria University has partnered with Moneywise** to offer full-time UK postgraduate students a loan of up to £10,000 to help with the cost of tuition fees and living expenses whilst studying on campus. Loans are interest free for the first 15 months. Click here to discover more.

Northumbria has introduced an Easy Payments scheme for full-time students. This allows you to spread your payments interest-free for up to 10 months.  For more details on the scheme click here

Part-time fees

Fees for part-time courses vary according to length. Fees can be paid in full at enrolment or by 6 equal monthly instalments by Direct Debit. Please refer to our website for further information.

 

*Academic Scholarships - Terms and conditions apply, click here for details.

**This agreement is made directly between the student and Moneywise Credit Union. Moneywise is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority No. 213486. For full terms and conditions click here.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
EMPLOYABILITY

ESSENTIALS

UCAS Code -

Entry Requirements - Qualifying Law Degree
- Passed the GDL or satisfied the Bar Standards Board

Start Date 13/09/2015

Duration 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Full-Time/Part-Time Full time/Part time

Distance Learning No

Employability

Email: law@northumbria.ac.uk

Visit Website

Northumbria School of Law
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

Contact

Northumbria University

Tel: (0) 191 227 4453

Email: law@northumbria.ac.uk

http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/sd/academic/law/

Northumbria School of Law
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 8ST

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