BPTC - Bar Professional Training Course

University of Law - Birmingham



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

Our BPTC is designed to help you secure pupillage and prepare you for life as a barrister. In fact, of our 2016 Full-time UK/EU graduates, 66% have gained a pupillage to date. 

You can expect exceptionally high standards of tutoring and a wealth of pro bono opportunity. We’ll support you in preparing pupillage applications, with access to our specialist careers service from the moment you accept your place.

Study with us and increase your chances of getting a top grade: 22% of our 2016 Full-time BPTC graduates obtained an ‘Outstanding’ grade, which is considerably higher than the national average of 13%. 

Why choose our BPTC?

  • Increase your chances of pupillage with our new BPTC LLM: gain an internationally recognised qualification with added legal work experience representing real clients
  • Our BPTC LLM is integrated into the Bar course so you’ll gain your LLM qualification at the same time as completing your BPTC studies
  • Study in a small class alongside the brightest students - we’re the only BPTC provider that requires all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place
  • Gain up to 50 hours advocacy training so you’re fully prepared for the Bar: apart from our small advocacy classes, you can 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 
  • Learn from the best: our courses are taught by qualified practitioners with unparalleled experience in delivering advocacy training – many still practise, so you can learn from their insight into today’s legal world
  • 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
  • Test your advocacy skills in front of real barristers and judges at prestigious international and national mooting competitions, all organised by our dedicated Advocacy Committee
  • Benefit from our merit-based scholarships and academic prizes. We have one of the most comprehensive scholarship schemes in legal education and reward academic success with a series of prizes at the end of your BPTC year
  • Flexible study options: you can choose to study your BPTC full-time in Birmingham, Leeds or London Bloomsbury or part-time in Birmingham or London Bloomsbury
  • Gain a real insight into the profession and make a wealth of valuable connections at our networking practitioner events
  • Birmingham, Leeds:  BPTC: £15,000, BPTC LLM: £16,250
  • London (Bloomsbury): BPTC: £18,150, BPTC LLM: £19,400

Fees include BSB fee of £550.

The University of Law offers a discount of £1,250 for first round BPTC and BPTC LLM applicants.


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-BPTC 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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