1. Postgraduate Applicants: BPTC
  2. Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to other questions often asked by our applicants.

Why should I study the BPTC at The City Law School?

  • Advocacy is taught in groups of six and also one-to-one;
  • A specialist Pupillage Advisory Service (PAS), providing a range of support including mock interviews, which is available as soon as you accept your place;
  • An extensive range of pro bono activities;
  • An integrated skills focused course, which follows cases from initial contact with the client through to trial and any appeal, and over twice as much Advocacy as required by the Bar Standards Board;
  • A choice of 11 options subjects, including three based on clinical pro bono work;
  • Experienced and approachable teaching and support staff, including the authors of most of the text books used by all BPTC providers;
  • Classes normally timetabled over three days per week;
  • Access to a full range of student support services, including dedicated postgraduate accommodation and two specialist law libraries.
  • A large number of scholarships
  • The chance to obtain an LLM by completing either a dissertation or (full-time students only) reflective journal based on Pro Bono work, in addition to the BPTC, for no extra cost.

How will you help me obtain a Pupillage?

We have a highly successful Pupillage Advisory Service with a proven track record in helping students obtain pupillage, which organises a number of different activities to support students in their quest to obtain pupillage. These include:

  • One-to-one advice sessions and CV clinics with members of our PAS team, all of whom are barristers with experience of involvement in pupillage selection for their Chambers
  • Mock Pupillage Interviews
  • Mock Pupillage Advocacy exercises
  • Lectures and workshops on OLPAS (Pupillage Portal), pupillage applications, interviews etc.
  • A lecture on preparing for practice with an accountant specialising in barristers' accounts.

In addition you will have access to City's Careers Service.

We also offer a number of other activities, such as Pro Bono work, which can help you to boost your CV and make you more attractive to chambers and, by scheduling your classes over three days, we assist you to undertake professional development activities such as mini-pupillages whilst you are on the course.

How can I find out more about the Pupillage Advisory Service?

The School is committed to assisting our students in the search for Pupillage and once you accept your place, you will have access to the School's Pupillage Advisory Service.

The Pupillage Advisory Service is dedicated to providing the best advice, information and assistance for those looking for pupillage, and for those who have already obtained pupillage.

Details of Pupillage Advisory Service events can be found on our website. You can also follow us on Twitter @CLSPupillageAdv.

To book an appointment with a Pupillage Advisor please contact cls-gip-school-office@city.ac.uk.

Can I begin the course after the stated registration date?

This is best avoided. Teaching starts on the day following registration so any student who registers late will immediately be at a disadvantage. Arrangements for late starts can be made in exceptional circumstances; please put a request in writing to the Admissions Officer explaining the reason you're making the request. It will then be considered by the relevant Course Director.

However, please note that any student given permission to register late will need to make up all missed work (in order to comply with the attendance requirement) and registration more than one week after Registration Day will only be permitted in wholly exceptional circumstances. Under no circumstances will any students be permitted to register more than two weeks after the start of the course.

Two friends and I are thinking of coming from City/BPP/Cambridge etc. and would like to be in the same group. Is this possible?

Please make any such requests to the Timetabling Department by the end of July. We cannot guarantee to accommodate this but we are willing to look at grouping students from the same university together within reason. That is to say that we will allow up to four students from any one institution to be in the same group. You should be satisfied that you are all happy with the arrangement before making the request and also consider any other specific timetabling needs you might have amongst yourselves (a certain day off each week, for example). Please also note that this arrangement applies to standard tutor groups of 12, we do not guarantee groupings for advocacy classes where students are taught in groups of six.

What are the differences between the Postgraduate Diploma and the LLM?

The Postgraduate Diploma is simply the taught element of the BPTC, the LLM includes an additional dissertation (full and part-time students) or reflective journal based on Pro Bono work (full-time students only). If you study the LLM your course will end in September instead of June. The dissertation will be between 7,500 and 10,000 words and focus on an area taught on the BPTC.  The reflective journal (7,500- 10,000 words) will be based on supervised Pro Bono work. Both routes of study enable you to be called to the Bar and undertake Pupillage.

Whichever route you take, you will receive a BPTC classification upon completion of the BPTC.  (If you choose the LLM you will receive an LLM award once you have completed the BPTC and the dissertation/ reflective journal). You will be certified as completing the BPTC, and therefore be eligible for Call to the Bar once you've successfully completed the BPTC component of the course. If you're on the LLM you won't need to wait until you have completed the dissertation/portfolio to be Called to the Bar.

I'd like to speak to an academic, how can I do this?

We're happy to organise this for you. Please email bptc@city.ac.uk with your contact details and availability and we will arrange for someone to give you a call.