20 August 2019

Bar training components

Training to become a barrister comprises three components. These are:

  • academic learning (gaining knowledge of the Law itself);
  • vocational learning (acquiring barristers' core skills such as advocacy); and
  • pupillage or work-based learning (learning to be a barrister "on the job").

You can read more about the current requirements of each component in this section of our Bar Qualification Manual.

Currently, to qualify as a barrister you must complete these components:

  • the Academic Component (usually fulfilled by a Qualifying Law Degree or Graduate Diploma in Law);
  • the Vocational Component (usually fulfilled by a Bar Professional Training Course); and
  • the Work-based Learning Component (usually fulfilled by a pupillage).

You can read more about this sequence on our Becoming a Barrister webpage.

It is possible to combine the Academic and Vocational Components so that by the end of your studies, if successful, you will have completed both an undergraduate degree and a BPTC. At present only one provider delivers training in this way.

It is also possible to qualify as a barrister in England and Wales by transferring to the Bar from practice overseas and by transferring to the Bar as a solicitor in practice in England and Wales. There is more information about these processes on our transferring lawyers webpage.

 Future Bar Training (FBT) - What's changing?

 On 1 April 2019, new rules relating to Bar training came into force. To find out what is changing and when, visit our Future Bar Training webpage.