From Legal Cheek:
The University of Law (ULaw) has revealed it’s launching a brand new Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) LLM and will also be slashing the cost of its normal vocational barrister course.
Launching in September 2017, ULaw will combine its traditional BPTC with an internationally recognised master’s degree. According to the law school, the new course — which like a standard BPTC takes just one year to complete — is “designed to boost students’ chances of securing pupillage and to prepare them for a career as a barrister”.
Interestingly, because of the addition of the LLM content, the course will now qualify for postgraduate student loan funding of up to £10,000 — something which is currently unavailable on the standard BPTC. According to ULaw, fees for the BPTC LLM will be revealed in February 2017.
Commenting on the announcement, Jacqueline Cheltenham, ULaw’s national programme and student affairs director for the BPTC, said:
Our new BPTC LLM programme has been devised with one main aim in mind: to provide our students with the best chances of securing a highly-coveted pupillage at the bar. The course is focused on real-life advocacy and litigation experience, with students working on actual legal cases with the support of our qualified supervisors, who are all professional lawyers. In such a highly competitive environment with pupillage increasingly difficult to secure, the new course provides our students with an additional edge.