City, University of London

Course Introduction

Who is it for?

First and foremost the Bar Vocational Studies programmes are designed to qualify students to practice at the Bar of England & Wales. They attract students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court.

The Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time) programme will particularly appeal to those students who relish the opportunity to build skills and acquire knowledge through interaction with professionals and peers, and prefer to follow the usual academic timeline, which fits with pupillage recruitment and allows extended work placements during the summer break.

This is the best option for you, if a regular class structure motivates your study, helps you achieve your goals, and if you benefit from face-to-face learning. You will also receive support in small study groups.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programmes cater both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.

Objectives

This course is the best option if you want the security of an experienced educational provider that understands what is needed to pass the Bar qualifications and will transform their skills from class room to court room.

The Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time) Programme is a rigorous course designed to reflect the modern working Bar. We aim to replicate life in chambers, so you learn how to represent a range of clients and to prepare for the demands of a career at the Bar.

Whilst the programme is designed to qualify you to practice at the Bar of England and Wales, it also enables students from jurisdictions outside the UK to acquire the skills required for pupillage at the Bar of England and Wales, thereby assisting them to undertake further training or practice in their home jurisdiction.

The Different routes are:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Career prospects:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Study of a specialist area of practice will demonstrate that you have developed your understanding of particular aspects of the work of a barrister, and gained insights into specialist practice. This should provide a useful addition to your CV.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (Vocational Component)

The primary purpose of the Vocational Component is to enable you to progress to pupillage and thereafter to a career as a Barrister. Competition for pupillages is intense.

Other possible careers might include:

* Employed lawyers

* Government Legal Service

* Crown Prosecution Service

* Local Government lawyers

* Regulators

* Transfer to the Solicitors' profession

* Academic lawyers

* Legal publishing

* Finance industry and banking

* Commerce and business

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree classified as not less than a lower-second class honours (2:2) or equivalent. This can be either a law degree or a non-law degree plus further graduate/postgraduate study in Law and in either case must cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and satisfy the Professional Statement competence.
  • International entry requirements: The minimum entry requirement is an undergraduate degree classified as not less than a lower-second class honours (2:2) or equivalent. This can be either a law degree or a non-law degree plus further graduate/postgraduate study in Law and in either case must cover the seven foundations of legal knowledge and satisfy the Professional Statement competence.