Bar Professional Training Course
The BPTC is the successor to the Bar Vocational Course which was renamed from the 2010 to 2011 academic year. The course and BPTC application is completed by students who wish to become barristers after they have completed their degree and prior to beginning their pupillage.
The course covers a number of core skills including:
• Resolution of Disputes Out of Court
• Criminal Litigation and Evidence
• Professional Ethics
• Civil Litigation and Evidence
• Opinion Writing
• Advocacy and Conference
There is then a choice of nine optional courses from which you can choose two which focus on the area most suited to their future career. The Property and Chancery exam is one of these nine optional modules.
This exam is not one of the centralised papers which all students sit, and local providers are responsible for assessing this paper. Assessment can include formal written timed exams, recorded performance assessment and coursework. Your course provider will be able to give you full details of how they schedule their assessments.
Property and Chancery Syllabus
The Property and Chancery syllabus can vary between training providers. Typical course content as provided by BPP includes;
• the challenging of a will
• disputes over restrictive covenants
• contentious probate
• mortgage possessions
• landlord and tenant disputes
• chancery procedure
• advice and drafting on the legislation protecting business tenants
• drafting for residential possession order
• rights of way and boundaries
• equitable remedies and interpretation of trust, and
• claim for breach of trust
It is designed if you wish to go into property based chancery sets or landlord and tenant law.
At BPP, this course is assessed by way of opinion. Other schools such as Kaplan Law School have a module which covers landlord and tenant law. All courses are overseen by the Bar Standards Board to ensure consistency and fairness of different examinations.
BPTC Providers in England and Wales
There are a number of BPTC providers in the UK. For those students looking for law courses in London, there are several schools including BPP Law, City Law School, The college of Law, and Kaplan Law. Regional course providers include Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria Law School and the University of the West of England Bristol.
Speak to one of our course advisors at LawTraining.co.uk regarding BPTC course providers and the options they offer you. The courses are either available as a full time course from September to June, or as a part time course which can be attended one weekend a month for the duration of two years. The course consists of taught lessons, seminars, skills practice and independent research. Full time courses tend to be four days a week to allow sufficient time for independent research.
As the course is expensive and demanding, many providers will ask you to complete an aptitude test prior to being accepted on the course. This helps ensure they accept just those students who are likely to succeed in the BPTC.