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Why choose this course?
Successful completion of all elements of the LLM BPTC will result in a Masters award – an internationally recognised qualification.
Engage with authentic case studies and gain the qualifications, practical knowledge and insight essential to Chambers and employers.
– We provide a dedicated careers and recruitment service.
– We offer an award-winning pro bono programme, including a Legal Advice Centre for the local community.
– We offer a range of options for varying types of practice.
– You will undertake assessments with a practical focus.
– Students are taught in small groups in high-quality teaching accommodation.
– You will receive individual feedback in all assessable skills.
– Scholarships worth up to half the course fee are available.
Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training and is one of only eight educational establishments validated by the Bar Standards Board to deliver the BPTC. We offer a one-year LLM BPTC, which means you have the option to also gain a Masters qualification as part of your course.
The BPTC aims to equip you with the skills and procedural knowledge necessary to follow your chosen career. Our BPTC was written by eight barristers who came to the Law School from practice. The course was designed in conjunction with judges, practising barristers and senior academics. Practitioners and judges assist with the delivery of the course as guest speakers and in practitioner workshops.
In a changing legal education environment it is important that our courses meet the needs of students, employers and the legal profession. This is why we have redesigned our BPTC so that it also offers the opportunity to gain a Masters (LLM) award. To gain the LLM, you will complete a dissertation or undertake practical legal work experience. There are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau or carrying out placements within a professional legal setting.
Students who do not wish to study for the full Masters award can still study for the traditional BPTC award.
What you’ll study
After a short introductory period you will commence your study of the compulsory subjects. You will handle seven realistic briefs (four criminal and three civil) from commencement towards trial throughout the first two terms. Knowledge and skills are taught and learned through the progress of these case studies as students respond to instructions. Skills amount to around 60% of the LLM BPTC and are normally taught in a variety of practical contexts to show how skills, once learned, can be transferred.
Two options are studied in the final term. A choice of six options within mainstream areas of practice is available so that students obtain a broad foundation on which they can build once they have entered the profession.
Your career development
Successful completion of this course enables you to proceed to be called to the Bar and proceed to pupillage. We have a dedicated careers and placement service who will support you in your search for both pupillage and alternative employment. The team provides practical sessions and advice, which has helped to keep our pupillage rate consistently above the national average. 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).
The team offers advice and practical support, such as trial interviews. A number of presentations are given throughout the year reflecting the changing needs of students as they progress through the application process. The focus of these presentations is on both practice at the Bar, which reflects the ambitions of most of the students, and alternative careers.
Students should view careers advice as something about which any BPTC tutor can be approached. All teaching staff come from practice, some from London and some from the local area, and some retain tenancies in Chambers. We are thus able to offer first-hand advice and guidance to students.
A number of local Chambers have been enthusiastic in their support for the course and our students and former students are represented amongst those they recruited as pupils with a view to tenancy.