BPC - Bar Practice Course

University of Law - Bristol



At The University of Law, we pride ourselves in offering the best legal training - and our Bar Practice Course (BPC) is no exception.

Our BPC, previously known as the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivery advocacy. 

We’ll support you in preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place. *59% of our full-time UK/EEA Bar Practice Course students graduating in 2018 secured a pupillage (based on student data collated September 2020). Previously the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC).

You can also add an internationally recognised Master’s qualification to your CV and pupillage applications with our Bar Practice Course LLM, in which you could be eligible for a SLC Postgraduate Loan.

Why choose our BPTC?

· Excellent pupillage rates: 59% of our full-time students graduating in 2018 secured pupillage.* 

· Gain up to 50 hours advocacy training so you’re fully prepared for the Bar: test your skills in front of real barristers and judges at prestigious mooting competitions organised by our Advocacy Committee and also at our mock trials in courts

·      Study in a small class alongside the brightest students. That’s why we require all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place.

· All of our tutors are qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training – many still practise, so you can learn from their insight into today’s legal world.

· Our blended learning delivery means you’ll have access to an engaging and innovative online learning environment, plus face-to-face tutor and peer support when you need it most.

· Flexible study options to suit you: you can choose to study with us full-time or part-time at a number of locations across the UK.

· Succeed in pupillage applications and beyond with our Future Pupil Programme, part of our award-winning Careers and Employability Service, available from the moment you accept your place

· Choose from three pathways to success with our Bar Practice Course LLM: complete real-life work experience via our Pro Bono clinics, write a dissertation or study additional modules and sit the exams after you finish your BPC.


· Exclusive access to our Synap learning and revision tool: complete multiple-choice questions to monitor and review your progress.

January course start

· Birmingham and Leeds:  BPC: £11,750, BPC LLM: £14,450

· London (Bloomsbury): BPC: £13,000, BPC LLM: £16,000

July course start

· Birmingham and Leeds:  BPC: £12,100, BPC LLM: £14,900

· London (Bloomsbury): BPC: £13,400, BPC LLM: £16,500

September course start

· Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and Nottingham:  BPC: £12,100, BPC LLM: £14,900

· London (Bloomsbury): BPC: £13,400, BPC LLM: £16,500

Fees include BSB fee of £870.


There are a number of ways in which we can help you fund your studies, including through scholarships.

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The University of Law welcomes students from all over the world. Our website contains lots of information to help you when making the decision to come and study in the UK. 

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At The University of Law, we recognise that your ultimate goal is to obtain pupillage, progress onto tenancy and hone all the skills and experience you need to develop your practice. That’s why we ensure that every step of the way, you have dedicated careers support and a wealth of opportunities to progress.

A personal careers service

The University of Law has the UK’s largest law careers and employability service, with more than 30 experts providing support as soon as you accept your place. Through one-on-one careers appointments, live and virtual workshops, the careers team advise on:

· CVs and cover letters

· Mini-pupillage applications

· Which sets to apply to based on your interests and profile

· Pupillage applications: drafting and review

· Interview preparation, including spotting and debating current affairs and relevant legal topics

· Mock interviews

· Deciding between pupillage offers

· Post-BPC employment, scholarships and further study


As well as bespoke advice and assistance, our careers team are able to organise a wide range of events and presentations thanks to our excellent links with chambers across the country.

Typical events include:

· Inviting the barristers on pupillage committees to discuss and answer questions about the pupillage application process

· Specialist panels and external speakers discussing the nuances of specific practice areas e.g. Commercial & Chancery and Family

· Presentations by external speakers including specialist practitioners and representatives from the Inns of Court

· Discussion on the non-legal aspects of being a barrister including talks from a chambers’ marketing manager and a tax consultant

· A small number of evenings hosted by specific chambers, reserved for students only

Pro bono opportunities

The University runs a varied pro bono programme at all of our centres, which allow our students to gain experience in dealing with real cases while helping the local community. You’ll get valuable first-hand experience of client relationships, legal research and drafting, whilst helping those who may not otherwise have access to legal support and advice.


Current projects include: Legal Advice Centre, Streetlaw, Royal Courts of Justice Personal Support Unit, Family Law Advice Clinic, Environmental Law Foundation, Communities Empowerment Network and County Court Runner Scheme.

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