26 May 2018

Help us to make Bar training more flexible – consultation ends 30 October

Future barristers may be able to achieve their career aspirations by a number of different, more flexible pathways if some of the approaches we are considering are implemented. 

Our new consultation considers the strengths and weaknesses in the current academic (law degree or conversion course), vocational (Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and pupillage stages of Bar training.

We are looking at ways in which some of the inherent issues in the current system of training can be resolved. For example, is the current linear way in which a prospective barrister must first complete a law degree, then the BPTC and then pupillage the only way to train a competent barrister the public can have confidence in?  Perhaps there is a better and more flexible way for barristers to prepare themselves for service to clients and the justice system.

Take a look at our consultation and tell us what you think about the approaches we have put forward - or let us know if you have ideas of your own.

You can read the press release and full consultation paper on our website. The deadline for responses is 30 October 2015- and you can respond to all or any of the parts.

The proposals are part of our Future Bar Training programme, which sets out our vision for reforming legal education and training for the next generation of barristers.

Some of the many thought-provoking questions in our consultation include:

  • How can the current academic qualifications and the BPTC better prepare an aspiring barrister for the cases which they will be dealing with on a day-to-day basis?
  • How can we strike the right balance between adequate knowledge of the law and practical skills to manage client caseload and keep up with the changing legal landscape?
  • Do the academic, vocational and pupillage stages need to be sequential or could they be better interwoven so that students develop knowledge and skills at the same time?
  • How do we best ensure that the Bar attracts and retains a diverse array of quality candidates?

Help us to shape a better, more flexible way of Bar training and qualifying.

Questions?  Email futurebartraining@barstandardsboard.org.uk.