23 September 2019

Amendments to Academic Stage Requirements

While we are formulating our long term plans for education and training as part of our Future Bar Training Programme, we have been looking to see what interim changes would be compatible with our overall aims of regulating in a way which is risk-based and outcomes-focused and do not require amendments to the Bar Training Rules.

As a result, we have decided to make the following amendments to our Academic Stage requirements:

i)              To abolish the Credit Transfer Rules; and

ii)             To leave it to providers of Qualifying Law Degrees and Graduate Diplomas in Law to grant each of the following, without needing our approval:

  • Completion of a Qualifying Law Degree/Graduate Diploma in Law outside the stipulated minimum and maximum study periods
  • Condonation of marks of less than 40%
  • Deemed passes/aegrotats (a certificate allowing a candidate to pass an examination although they have missed all or part of it through illness)
  • More than three attempts at a foundation subject

Each of these changes brings us into line with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The changes will take effect for those students commencing the Bar Professional Training course from the autumn of 2016. An amended Academic Stage Book, incorporating these changes, has been published on our website.