If you have ambitions of becoming a barrister, and are interested in developing advanced masters-level research skills, this course gives you to opportunity to achieve both. You will study the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and further LLM elements of study to achieve a dual qualification.
This combined course allows you to develop good practical skills, advanced research skills and an ability to engage in critical thinking and knowledge application in specialist legal areas.
The BPTC element of this course prepares you for life as a barrister. You will build highly practical skills and have the opportunity to study in a ‘mini chambers’ style, designed to mirror the real-life practices of a barrister. You will ‘perform’ regularly in front of your fellow students to encourage development of the strong working relationships that you typically see in professional chambers.
The LLM element of this course includes research methods study and an assessed research proposal leading to a supervised, assessed dissertation or research project of 15,000 words. A member of the teaching team will supervise you during this process.
“I think that one of the strengths of this University is the number of tutors involved in the course and the strengths of their professional expertise. Many have recent experience at the Bar and many are still practising.” – Claire Athis, 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.
The LLM in Legal Practice at the Bar is eligible for the Postgraduate Loan Scheme from the UK Government to UK and EU residents. Please check your eligibility on our website.
For further funding options, please visit our website.
The BPTC element of this course prepares you for pupillage and life as a barrister. However, the skills learned are also applicable to a wider range of professions. As well as this, the specialist knowledge you will gain from masters-level study will prepare you for various roles within the legal profession or related fields. Alternatively, you could follow a career in public administration, the civil service, voluntary and community sectors, teaching or academia.
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.