BPTC providers compared

How do the eight providers of the Bar Course in England and Wales compare?

 

 

 

  Places   Fees (2019/20)   Contact time   Option subjects   Pro bono   A distinguishing feature
                           
  BPP Law School, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester  

FT: 672 (nationally)
PT: unconfirmed

  FT: £15,680
PT: £15,680 (both years, incl. £500 deposit + £550 BSB Fee)
  Varies, typically 7.5 - 8.5 hours face to face.   

• Advanced criminal litigation
• Asylum, detention, deportation & extradition
• Commercial dispute
• Resolution
• Company law
• Employment law
• Family law
• Intellectual Property law
• International criminal practice
• International trade
• Judicial review
• Personal injury and clinical negligence
• Professional discipline
• Property and chancery

  Pro bono centre projects: ELPIS, HRU, LTS, LEASE case summaries, Personal support unit, Research project, Shadowing, Streetlaw, Streetlaw (mock trials) and tribunal services.   Each year £1,000,000+ is available through scholarships & bursaries to support students through their studies.
                           
  BPP Law School, London   FT: 672 (nationally)
PT: unconfirmed
  FT: £19,070
PT: £19,070 (both years,
incl. £500 deposit + £550 BSB Fee)
  Varies, typically 7.5 - 8.5 hours face to face.    • Advanced criminal litigation
• Asylum, detention, deportation & extradition
• Commercial dispute
• Resolution
• Company law
• Employment law
• Family law
• Intellectual Property law
• International criminal practice
• International trade
• Judicial review
• Personal injury and clinical negligence
• Professional discipline
• Property and chancery
  Pro bono centre projects: ELPIS, HRU, LTS, LEASE case summaries, Personal support unit, Research project, Shadowing, Streetlaw, Streetlaw (mock trials) and tribunal services.    Each year £1,000,000+ is available through scholarships & bursaries to support students through their studies.
                           
  Bristol Law School at UWE   FT: 96
PT: 48
  FT: £15,000
PT: £7,500 (per year)
  FT: 15 hrs/wk dedicated to
formal training. Students expected to study independently for approx 20 hrs/wk. Fridays are kept free.
  • Clinical negligence
• Commercial
• Criminal
• Employment
• Family
• International trade
• Landlord and tenant
• Refugee and asylum
  Bristol Law Court Clinic provides assistance at Bristol Civil Justice centre.   High levels of student satisfaction (95% would recommend UWE Bristol as their BPTC provider of choice as at December 2015).
                           
  Cardiff Law School,Cardiff University   FT: 84   FT & PT UK/EU: £16,650
FT & PT International: £18,350
  FT: 10-14hrs/wk
Mon-Thu
  • Commercial litigation
• Company law
• Criminal law
• Employers liability and clinical negligence
• Employment
• Family
  Pro bono schemes: Law in Healthcare, Law in Justice, Law in Sport, Law in Court, Law in Mental Health.    Opportunity to marshall with a Judge and/or undertake a mini-pupillage & a high level of individual feedback and support on performance in oral and written skills.
                           
  City Law School   FT: 380
PT: 60
  FT: £18,500
PT: £9,250 (per year)
  FT: 12-14hrs/wk
PT: 6hrs/wk over 2 evenings
  • Criminal litigation
• Commercial
• Company Law
• Domestic violence
• Employment
• Family
• Fraud and economic crime
• Free Representation Unit
• Landlord and tenant
• Social security
• Professional negligence
  Pro Bono opportunities, including:
Free Legal Advice Service, Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) (clinical negligence), Advice clinics, Blackfriars Settlement Clinic etc.
  LLM gives students chance to focus on a specific area of professional legal practice related to the BPTC and to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of that area.
                           
  Manchester Metropolitan University   FT: 108   FT: £15,500 per year   FT: 10hrs/wk on 4 days   • Civil litigation
• Criminal litigation
• Business law and corporate finance
• Employment
• Family
• Personal injury litigation
  Pro bono network activities include: working a legal advice line, assisting start-up businesses in our Business Law Café, supporting caseworkers for the homeless, representing clients at tribunals etc.    Specialist facilities for BPTC students – including chambers rooms, a legal library and mock court room.
                           
  Northumbria University School of Law   FT: 100
PT: 24
  FT: £15,000
PT: £15,000 (2 years)
  FT: 14hrs/wk on 4 days
PT: 7hrs/wk over 1 day
  • Chancery
• Clinical negligence and personal injury
• Commercial
• Criminal
• Employment
• Family
• Student law office
• Personal support unit
  The Student Law Office is a wide-ranging legal advice centre.   LLM in Advanced Legal Practice can be awarded after further study.
                           
  Nottingham Law School   FT: 120    UK/EU FT: £15,200
International: £15,200
  FT: 10-12hrs/wk on 4 days   • Civil practice (judicial review)
• Criminal practice
• Commercial
• Employment
• Family
• Landlord and tenant
  Via the pro bono centre: providing advice to employment clinic clients, interviewing clients and preparing witness statements for the National Centre for Domestic Violence, supporting litigants in person at the Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Hearing   Offers an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
                           
  University of Law,
Birmingham and Leeds
*
  FT: 132
PT: 36
  FT: £14,900
PT: £14,900 (2 years)*
  FT: 12 hrs per week incl indiviual of 1.5 hours
PT: 12 hrs per week
  • Advanced criminal litigation
• Alternative dispute resolution and mediation
• Chancery
• Employment
• Family
• Immigration and asylum
• International commercial
• Judicial review
• Personal injury and clinical negligence
  Via pro bono placements students can provide advice to employment clinic clients, represent clients before employment tribunals or work on asylum cases for the Refugee Council. Students can also assist at a Legal Advice Centre and Streetlaw.   Only BPTC provider that requires all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place.
                           
  University of Law, London*   FT: 136   FT: £18,150
PT: £18,150
  FT: 12 hrs per week incl indiviual of 1.5 hours 
PT: 12 hrs per week 
  • Advanced criminal litigation
• Alternative dispute resolution and mediation
• Chancery
• Employment
• Family
• Immigration and asylum
• International commercial
• Judicial review
• Personal injury and clinical negligence
  Via pro bono placements students can provide advice to employment clinic clients, represent clients before employment tribunals or work on asylum cases for the Refugee Council. Students can also assist at a Legal Advice Centre and Streetlaw.   Only BPTC provider that requires all students to undergo a live selection process before being offered a place.
  
*the University of Law will replace its BPTC offering with a cheaper bar training course from 2020 - find out more here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
This table is based on information provided to Chambers Student in September 2019. All data is for the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.