LLM Bar Professional Training Course (LLM BPTC)




Our BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career. Our BPTC was written by eight barristers who came to the Law School from practice. The course was designed in conjunction with judges, practising barristers and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.

We have redesigned our BPTC so that it also offers the opportunity to gain a Masters (LLM) award. To gain the LLM, you will complete a dissertation or undertake practical legal work experience. There are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau or carrying out placements within a professional legal setting.

Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the traditional BPTC award.

Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training and is one of only eight educational establishments validated by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the BPTC. We are home to the first research Centre for Advocacy in the UK and extensive pro bono opportunities are available through our Legal Advice Centre.

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We hold a number of postgraduate drop-in events  which provide you with an excellent opportunity to find out more about our courses. If you are unable to attend any of our drop-in events take a look around at our Virtual Open Day, which includes videos and photos of the campus.

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The University reviews and sets fee levels on an annual basis. The fee depends on the type and duration of course and the mode of study. Visit our website to view the most up to date fee information.

Nottingham Law School offers a number of competitive scholarships for our professional courses.

Nottingham Law School is a truly international school, and aims to recruit the most able students from around the world, ensuring both quality and diversity in its student populations.

Studying Law in England will give you an opportunity to reflect on the differences in how law is made here compared to your own country and to appreciate other legal systems.

International and EU students should be aware that they will need to meet the English language requirements.

The pupillage rate for our BPTC is consistently above the national average.

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