If your goal is to become a barrister, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at Manchester Law School will provide you with the best possible skills, experience and training to prepare you for your future career. We offer advocacy training and group sessions that deliver true-to-life mock trials, assessments, ‘mini chambers’ and real-life legal work experience opportunities.
Manchester Law School has a proud history of providing barrister training in the North West of England and as a result, we have outstanding links to both the local legal profession and the Northern Circuit (Chambers in Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston). Practitioners from the Northern Circuit provide Additional Advocacy Classes for students and are on-hand at regular events to offer advice about your future as a barrister and obtaining pupillage.
On the BPTC, you can expect exceptionally high standards of teaching and a wealth of pro bono opportunities. Our dedicated team will support you in preparing pupillage applications, with additional support from our specialist career service.
If you have any questions about the BPTC, whether it be a general query about the course or about your own application, please do not hesitate to contact our BPTC Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The team will respond to your email as soon as possible.
“It is extremely beneficial to be taught here at Manchester Law School on the BPTC by staff members who are still in practice or who have recently been in practice. They can give you practical examples, so if you do not understand something they can explain it from a client perspective and that really helps.” – Sarah Cook, LLB & BPTC Graduate
Specialist BPTC facilities
Recognising the challenging nature of barrister training, the Law School has a number of specialist facilities available to students on the BPTC. Students have access to postgraduate study areas, chambers rooms, legal libraries, personal study areas and a mock courtroom where you can practice your advocacy skills in a realistic legal environment.
We will provide you with the opportunity to hone your advocacy. You will receive approximately 42 hours of criminal and civil advocacy plus assessments, which is over three times the minimum required by the Bar Standards Board. We will teach you how to understand the skills involved and how to put them in to practice.
Additional Professional Programme (APP)
A key feature of our BPTC is the Additional Professional Programme (APP). The APP bridges the gap between student and professional life and prepares you for the Bar. There is a range of extracurricular, career boosting activities of which you can take advantage. From guest lectures provided by judges and clerks of chambers, to pro bono, the Student Law Society, Mooting and other skill-based competitions.
Practitioner Mentor Scheme
You will study in assigned chambers groups, designed to mirror the real-life practises of a working barrister. Each chambers group has a Practitioner Mentor, a locally based barrister who will be on hand to guide you along the path to practice.
Mediator Training Programme
Students on our BPTC have the exclusive opportunity to gain an additional qualification in mediation through the ADR Group at no additional cost. The programme is practically oriented and focused on equipping you with the skills you need to perform well at mediation, either as a representative or as a mediator, and leads to ADR Group Accredited Mediator Status.
Funding options available, please visit our website for details.
This course prepares you for pupillage and life as a barrister. However, the skills learned are also applicable to a wider range of professions. Our graduates have a strong history of finding pupillage or pursuing other careers in the legal sector.
The BPTC focuses on simulating realistic legal practice scenarios and encourages you think and behave like a legal professional from the outset. Our course features an innovative ‘mini chambers’ approach which allows students to work in an interactive environment that mirrors real-life practice.
Our dedicated careers adviser will provide assistance with finding mini pupillages and initiating new links to the profession. You will also receive support with your career from your tutors and you will have the opportunity to increase your links at many events, which feature external speakers and members of the Northern Circuit.
During the BPTC, you will also have access to the Faculty of Business and Law’s Careers and Employability Service. This will continue for up to three years after you graduate. With a focus on developing and enhancing your employability skills, there is a range of careers support services on offer during your studies including networking cafes and an annual Pro Bono and Legal Careers Fair.