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Bar Training at City

As the original provider of the Bar training course, we have over 50 years of expertise in designing and delivering Bar training.

Developed to replace the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), all our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programmes qualify you to be Called to the Bar of England and Wales. Our full-time, part-time and two-part programmes offer you a choice of learning methods and routes depending on your requirements and learning style. You can also choose elective modules and LLM routes which are both practice-focused and academically rigorous.

Our courses are taught by a team of staff who collectively have decades of experience of practice and vocational education.

Explore your options:

Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) - Full-time

This face-to-face learning option offers you a high level of interaction with tutors, professionals and peers. You will have the benefit of working in small study groups, simulated courtroom environments and you will have a choice of three different routes (a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies, a Postgraduate Diploma with Specialism, or an LLM).

Find out more about our BVS – Full-time

Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) - Part-time

This two-year course is structured to enable you to manage the workload alongside work and other commitments. You will cover the same material as students on the full-time course, but the learning is spread over two years with teaching one day per week every fortnight. You will be fully supported in between the face-to-face sessions with a wide range of resources delivered online via our easy-to-use Virtual Learning Environment.

Find out more about our BVS – Part-time

Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) - Two-part

This option is the most flexible way to complete the vocational stage of training for the Bar. This programme has two distinct parts, each separately priced, with each part having separate registration points and a different mode of delivery. Successful completion of both parts leads to the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies.

Find out more about our BVS – Two-part

A new era in Bar training

We have combined our extensive expertise in teaching, research and course design with our real-world knowledge of legal practice today to bring you courses that are modern and innovative in their use of technology and teaching methods. Our suite of Bar courses also allows you to tailor a course to your interests and needs through our wide range of elective modules in specialist practice areas and our Clinical Legal Education and Dissertation modules.

From September 2020, you will be based in the new, purpose-built home of The City Law School, with modern and outstanding facilities, including an extensive, specialist Law Library. Your classes will be taught in rooms specifically designed to accommodate Bar training, and you will have access to a new modern Moot Courtroom, with video link technology.  You will be part of a diverse and welcoming community of staff, students, practitioners and alumni.

Supporting your training

We have an impressive record of students gaining pupillage and they are strongly supported by our award-winning Pupillage Advice Service (PAS) which has close links to the Bar.

The know-how and experience of our staff, as practitioners and educators, ensures that our students get a high-quality education, supported by regular contact with personal tutors.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of pro bono opportunities and this can include choosing a pro-bono module as part of your studies.