Posts Tagged: BPTC

The 19 stages of the BPTC

A journey through the sorrow and the joy of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) First comes the self doubt. #BPTC scholarship application is now finished but I cant send it because I've convinced myself it will be totally inferior to others. Arrgh — Liz Marshall (@LizMarshall89) October 14, 2013 Next, a momentary high as... Read more »

Fighting The ‘Facebook Mentality’: Why Barristers Should Be Proud Of Their Refusal To ‘Share’ Diversity Data

I see barristers' refusal to embrace diversity monitoring has been described as "embarrassing" and "pathetic". What nonsense, writes pupil barrister-to-be OccupyTheInns. There is absolutely nothing embarrassing or pathetic about declining to disclose highly personal data about oneself. In fact, I regard the Bar’s stance on this matter as something of which to be proud. Unlike... Read more »

JOB ALERT: Clinical Negligence Paralegal

From Baby Barristers: a top London law firm seeks a paralegal for its clinical negligence team. Candidates should have strong academics. LPC or BPTC graduates with previous paralegal experience are preferred, but candidates' wider qualities will be taken into account. The role will involve, amongst other things, attending meetings with trusts, the General Medical Council (GMC)... Read more »

Will It Soon Cost Nothing To Become a Lawyer?

Thanks to the trebling of undergraduate fees, the cost of legal education has reached new highs this year – with the fees for a three-year LLB, plus an LPC or BPTC, now approaching a combined £50,000. But growing numbers believe this will prove to be a blip as academics begin to offer ‘massive open online... Read more »

BREAKING: BPTC Lecturer Cleared Of Grooming Boy, 15

Anton Van Dellen, a barrister who lectured on the 2011-2012 Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP Law School, has been found not guilty of sexually grooming a 15 year-old boy he met on Facebook. During his week-long trial at Basildon Crown Court, Van Dellen, 41, said that he was not interested in sex with... Read more »

JOB ALERT: Criminal Paralegal

Ed note: This is the first in a regular series of job alerts we'll be running for paralegal and junior lawyer positions. From Baby Barristers: a London law firm seeks a paralegal to work on a six-month fixed-term contract in its criminal litigation team. LPC or BPTC graduates are preferred. Candidates should ideally possess a... Read more »

Please, No More ‘Nietzsche And The Law’! Why Americans Are Looking Enviously At The GDL Route To Legal Qualification

In comparison to our odd system of legal education – which sprawls haphazardly from the undergraduate law degree to the CILEX apprenticeship option, via the super-condensed GDL, multiple breeds of LPC and the career graveyard that is the BPTC – the US way of doing things is alluringly simple. In America, you can only study... Read more »

Entry To The Bar: ‘Let The Cream Rise To The Top’

OccupyTheInns disagrees with the call made by Mr Justice Burton at Saturday's Young Bar Conference to make more pupillages available Almost a year has passed since I launched my campaign urging Bar graduates without a pupillage to show their dissatisfaction by peacefully occupying the Inns of Court. At the time I was an angry young... Read more »

Legal Cheek’s Poetry Corner

To mark National Poetry Day, we put out a call on Twitter for law-related verse. Here are the only best contributions we received... Wannabe barrister blues, by Philip Willis I want to be a barrister, All dolled up with wig and gown. I want to be a barrister, Mighty voice and heavy frown. I want... Read more »

How To Survive The Bar Professional Training Course

After finally securing a pupillage over the summer, OccupyTheInns returns to offer his words of wisdom to students commencing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) this month Amongst the celebrations, late nights out and long brunches I have enjoyed since obtaining pupillage last month, one thought has kept returning to my mind: how can I... Read more »

Didn’t Get a Pupillage? Well, There’s Always Origami

Hope is gradually fading for this year's batch of BPTC graduates without pupillages as the end of the window for barristers' chambers to make job offers approaches. Anybody sans pupillage offer by 2pm tomorrow is going to have to wait until the Pupillage Portal application system re-opens next year. In the meantime, it's possible to... Read more »