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BPTC newbies embark on first test: collecting their books

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Wheelie-suitcase wielding bar students descend on law schools — but how will the 2015-16 band of wannabe barristers use their textbooks?

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This year’s cohort of Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) students face their first major hurdle in the pursuit of becoming a barrister: collecting their course books.

Earlier today BPP Law School circulated a message around social media issuing students with a warning.

The tweet from the law school’s official Twitter account confirmed that the materials were indeed “#heavy” and that they should “bring a big bag for your books, preferably with wheels!”

Lets just hope this year’s band of BPTC students — who are often mocked for looking like they’re off on holiday due to their penchant for the wheelie suitcase — actually opt to use the materials for their intended purpose.

Earlier this year, several unnamed law students at BPP’s Holborn branch constructed a fort-style structure out of their Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice books.

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Unfortunately, kill joys at the law school — who no doubt saw it as a personal injury claim waiting to happen — quickly dismantled the impressive structure.

Back in 2013 — in yet another excellent example of wannabe barristers using their textbooks for everything but their intended purpose — footage on Instagram revealed the heavy course materials being used to get a sweat on.

With BPTC fees costing in excess £18,000 for those opting to study in London, a gym membership is deemed an unnecessary luxury for a cash-strapped law student. With this in mind, one group of thrifty BPTC-ers whipped out their practitioners texts and used them to create a homemade workout video.

27 Comments

Anonymous

How much material do LPC-ers get (in comparison)?

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Anonymous

When I collected mine this Monday they looked exactly the same in weight(combined) , but the actual books are different and there’s more in quantity on the LPC 🙁

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Anonymous

Very much beg to differ that there is more content on the LPC. Try sitting the centralised BSB Assesments!

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APM

I think the reference to greater quantity was in regard to books, not content. Pay attention!

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Sandman

I sold mine on Amazon. What’s the point in owning them when everything is online and the law school library has plenty of extra copies anyway.

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Banta Geeza

Hahah, all that effort and money to get your books and flog through the BPTC and then you don’t get your pupillage. Fail.

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Horace

Fools, damned fools.

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Sir Viv

If any wants to sell me Vol 1 & Vol 2 White Book and start working off their debt now please let me know…still using 2014 here 😢😢😢😢

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Anonymous

There most definitely isn’t more content on the LPC. I did my BPTC 4 years ago and I’m converting now, due to a training contract offer, and the content is easily under half

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Anonymous

That’s not true as I did the same and there is a lot more to cover on the LPC plus more assessments than the my BPTC.

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Anonymous

More money than sense the two of you. Failed to get pupillage and now spaffing more £££’s to fulfill you pipe dream.

Morons.

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SodsLaw

Yeah you can just go ahead and chuck vol 2 of the White Book in the bin straight away

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Anonymous

^^^ wot he sed ^^^

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T

No student needs it (as per comment below), but there are some gems in there. Seriously. Love vol 2.

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Anonymous

And apparently this is news?

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T

What on earth do BPTC students need vol 2 of the White Book for?! Though credit to BPP for supplying the White Book. At my City BVC we got Blackstone’s civil practice. I can only assume that was because the civil course director was the editor.

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Anonymous

City provided the White Book when I studied the BPTC.

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Lord Dyson

Is the BPTC still heavily populated with all those visa-seeking Bangladeshis and Pakistanis as it used to be?

I remember seeing plenty of those ghastly colonials during my days there. Hopefully it became too expensive for them these days. Tally ho!

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Anonymous

Must not feed the troll.

T r o l l l l l l l l l

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Trolololol

Fuark bruv, top bantz 10/10.

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Anonymous

What a waste of resources the BPTC is

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APM

Sad that so few of them will actually practice as barristers.

Most people studying for the BPTC without a pupillage lined up are simply delusional.

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Anonymous

or are either;

1. brave;
2. woefully misinformed about the likelihood of obtaining pupillage;
3. have lots of family money to spunk away in from their trust fund in an attempt to make daddy notice them.

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Anonymous

An opinion:
The BPTC is a complete waste of time and money for the majority of students!
It is often taught by people who could not make it in practice!
The secret to passing the BPTC is to suck up to the BPTC lecturers as much as possible!
The BPTC has nothing to do with skill and ability, it’s all about who you know and how well you suck up to them, not what you know! Remember, once an exam script is taken away, anything can happen to it! A few deletion lines through a few key words/sentences or a few MCQ alterations here and there could mean failure. Marks on spreadsheets can easily be manipulated. You will never know! Oh bad luck! Better luck next time!
The BPTC is a complete disgrace and it should be scrapped urgently!

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Anonymous

OK! Interesting points! There must be a worn and faded key on your keyboard! Top right, second in!

Bye!

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Anonymous

Oops! Correction! Top left, second in!

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Anonymous

Lol!

Are you a ‘clever’ BPTC graduate!
Is that my left hand or my right hand?
I better look it up, just to make sure!

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