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 »

The Post-BPTC Files: Starting An Internship Aged 28 ‘Wasn’t The Life I’d Envisaged’ – But It Worked Out Alright

Editorial note: Last month Gemma Amran turned the conventional pupillage hunt narrative on its head when she wrote about how not getting a pupillage hadn’t been such a bad thing for her. Here Gemma charts her journey from the BPTC to the European Commission. During the year between graduating from university and studying the GDL,… Read more »

Restricting The BPTC To Students Who’ve Already Bagged a Pupillage Wouldn’t Breach Competition Law…

…but it would put pressure on chambers to fund the course – and could lead to it getting scrapped altogether, writes Lancaster University’s Angus MacCulloch The plight of thousands of aspiring barristers who invest large sums of money to undertake the BPTC, but are increasingly unlikely to secure pupillage, has encouraged a lively debate in… Read more »

Five Ways To Solve The Pupillage Crisis

The chairman of the Bar Council was recently reported in the Evening Standard saying that there are not enough pupillages for those trying to enter the Bar. This is not new, but that is not to say that it should not be news, writes The Law Horse. Every BPTC student gambles tens of thousands of… Read more »

Bar Council Chair’s Pupillage ‘Great Concern’ Sparks Evening Standard Letter Page Response Flurry

Yesterday’s Evening Standard featured several letters – including, naturally, a missal dispatched from Legal Cheek HQ – responding to Wednesday’s expression of concern by Bar Council chair Michael Todd QC  that “too many students” are leaving law schools with huge debts and “no realistic prospect of pupillage”. One correspondent even suggested that pupillage should be… Read more »

Persuading The Law School Turkeys To Vote For Christmas

Yesterday I urged the assembled luminaries at the Westminster Legal Policy Forum to do something about the scandalous situation surrounding entry to the Bar (according to one estimate by the Bar Council itself, as few as one in eight students who do the BPTC get a pupillage). Rather than go on about unsuccessful pupillage-seekers’ misery,… Read more »

Complain About The BSB At Your Peril, Bar Students – ‘Independent’ Complaints Body Is Chaired By BSB Member

A recent article, ‘EXCLUSIVE: BPTC Students Point Finger At Bar Standards Board Following ‘Disastrous’ And ‘Unfair’ Exams’, elicited over 40 comments from Bar students. Many of them were highly critical of the Bar Standards Board (BSB), which is responsible for appointing the members of the central examination board that set the aforementioned ‘disastrous’ and ‘unfair’… Read more »

Minimum Pupillage Award ‘Limits Flow Of Talent To The Bar’

Keep the minimum wage for trainee solicitors, but scrap it for pupil barristers, argues OccupyTheInns The thorny issue of the minimum wage for pupils and trainees has been raising its troublesome head recently. Firstly one unfortunate BPTC graduate found his claim that the minimum pupillage award is racist dismissed unceremoniously. And then came this nonsense… Read more »

If Pupillage Portal Doesn’t Work Then It’s The New York Bar

OccupyTheInns ponders the merits of a high risk, yet potentially high reward, plan B This week I have turned once more to the business of pupillage application as Pupillage Portal opened for its Spring season. There again were the familiar questions: “Why do you wish to become a barrister?”, “What areas of practice are you… Read more »

How To Get An Inns Of Court Scholarship

BPTC student Jack Smith, who’s in receipt of a full scholarship from Lincoln’s Inn, explains what to do – and what not to do – to get your hands on some Inns of Court treasure It’s that time of year again. Hundreds of budding barristers are currently waiting to hear whether they are among the… Read more »