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Bar Training at City

The City Law School is introducing a new suite of Bar training programmes for 2020. Developed to replace the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), our Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) programmes allow you to be called to the Bar. These programmes also offer the opportunity to create a niche of specialism that will set you apart in years to come.

Designed around the key principles of flexibility, accessibility, affordability and high standards, the programmes offer more variety in content, structure and study mode than ever before.

At City we offer you innovation, tradition and choice. We understand that you are the best judge of how to reach your potential. That is why we offer you the choice of how to qualify for the Bar in a supportive, experience-led environment.

We offer three programmes, each with a different mode of study.

  • Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time)
  • Bar Vocational Studies (Part-time)
  • Bar Vocational Studies (Two-part)

Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time)

This is a full-time programme which runs for one academic year, but you have a choice of three different routes to allow for even greater flexibility:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies

The compulsory vocational qualification to be eligible for call to the Bar.

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Enhance your CV by adding a specialism in the form of two electives to the compulsory vocational qualification.

LLM in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Turn your compulsory qualification and specialism into a full Master’s degree by completing a dissertation or Clinical Legal project.

Why study the Full-time programme at City:

  • Supportive face-to-face teaching with professionals and peers
  • A dedicated personal tutor
  • Digital online learning to enhance not replace in-class teaching
  • Over 50 hours of advocacy teaching
  • Experts who understand how to succeed in the centrally-set assessments
  • A choice of routes to suit your CV
  • An academic year that fits with pupillage recruitment timelines
  • A proven track record of success in the centrally-set assessments
  • Real client pro bono options as part of the assessed course (PGDip with specialism/LLM routes only).

Find out more about the full time BVS


Bar Vocational Studies (Part-time)

Spread your learning over two years with teaching on one day per week every fortnight. To maintain flexibility, we have designed a course which gives you a choice of three different routes:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies

The compulsory vocational qualification to be eligible for call to the Bar.

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Enhance your CV by adding a specialism in the form of two electives to the compulsory vocational qualification.

LLM in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Turn your compulsory qualification and specialism into a full Master’s degree by completing a dissertation.

Why study the Part-time programme at City:

  • The flexibility to study for the Bar alongside other commitments
  • Regular class structure to motivate your study
  • Tutor and peer support to help you achieve your goals
  • A dedicated personal tutor
  • A carefully designed digital platform to enhance your learning experience
  • A proven track record of success in the centrally-set assessments

Find out more about the part time BVS


Bar Vocational Studies (Two-Part) 

A two-part Bar programme, with the choice of two different start dates for each of Part One and Part Two.

Part One is delivered online via our easy to use interactive virtual learning platform. The focus is on the centrally-assessed modules of Civil Litigation, Evidence and Dispute Resolution and Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing.

Part Two is an intensive taught course, in which you will study the remaining compulsory modules of Advocacy, Conference Skills, Legal Research, Opinion Writing, Drafting and Professional Ethics.

Why study the Two-part course at City:

  • A proven track record of success in the centrally-set assessments
  • An understanding of how to blend independent learning and tutor-led support
  • Dedicated pastoral support
  • The support of an university with access to the profession
  • The opportunity to pass the centrally-set assessments before committing to Part Two of the programme.
  • Flexibility to complete Part One over a period of time which suits you.

Find out more about the two part BVS

The Bar Vocational Studies programmes are subject to authorisation by the Bar Standards Board. Please visit our website regularly for up-to-date information.