The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) introduces you to the first part of vocational training and aims to equip you with the relevant skills to begin a pupillage. Involves learning of Advocacy skills and professional ethics and conduct, as well as knowledge areas and core skills such as conferencing, advocacy, legal research skills, drafting, fact management, opinion writing, and dispute resolution. Required knowledge areas: civil litigation, evidence, criminal litigation and sentencing.

Available Tutors

Fatima Laher

Available Courses

Core Skills: Advocacy

Helps students understand the practice of advocacy which they should be capable of conducting during pupillage and as a barrister. Provides the skills necessary to prepare, present and respond to a case or legal argument before a court or other tribunal.

Core Skills: Conferencing

This module provides students with knowledge and understanding the theory underpinning the application of the skills of a conference, making them sensitive to issues of client care, and emphasising the importance of an associated awareness of professional ethics

Core Skills: Drafting

This module provides key knowledge, understanding and the conceptual/analytical skills necessary to draft a variety of documents including, inter alia, Claim Forms, Statements of Case and Witness Statements, Indictment, Grounds and Advice on Appeal in a criminal case.

Core Skills: Opinion Writing

This module is provided to develop opinion writing skills. Including providing written advice to the instructing solicitor and lay client. Providing written advice in the forms of opinions is an important part of professional activity. Opinions must be practical, reliable, clear and well-presented.

Core Skills: Resolution of disputes out of court

This module provides knowledge and understanding of the various alternative methods of dispute resolution outside of the usual judicial process before courts or tribunals which may be executed prior to court hearing, during the litigation process, or prior to appeal, including mediation, negotiation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, expert determination, and other alternative dispute resolution processes.

Knowledge: Civil litigation and evidence

This module will help build a sound understanding and knowledge of the progress of civil litigation from initial considerations through trial to appeals.

Knowledge: Professional ethics

This module aims to educate on the core professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales. Instils essential qualities of ethical behaviour at the Bar. 

Knowledge:Criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing

This module looks to prepare students for pupillage and the early years of practice at the Criminal Bar, focuses upon the fundamental principles, key rules and core elements of criminal litigation.

Optional: Advanced criminal litigation

The course builds on the foundations laid by the compulsory Criminal Litigation course, then deals with proceedings in the Youth Court.

Optional: Alternative dispute resolution [mediation]

This module teaches methods of resolving disputes with a focus on mediation. Mediation is a process which encourages parties to think creatively about the settlement of disputes.

Optional: Property and Chancery

This optional module teahces content including but not limted to: The challenging of a will Advocacy Disputes over restrictive covenants Landlord and tenant disputes Contentious probate Mortgage possessions Drafting for residential possession order Chancery procedure Equitable remedies and interpretation of trust, and Advice and drafting on the legislation protecting business tenants Rights of way and boundaries Claim for breach of trust