20 April 2019

BSB seeks Examination question writers, markers and standard setters

Hours: Part-time

Salary: £40 per question - Examination question writers

              £30 per script - Examination markers

              £300 per review of MCQ examination - Examination standard setters

(Plus £150 per half day meeting - Marking and standard setting meetings)

Location: High Holborn, London

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) regulates barristers and specialised legal services businesses called to the Bar in England and Wales in the public interest. We are responsible for setting the education and training requirements for becoming a barrister. The vocational stage of training, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), ensures that students intending to become barristers acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence, attitudes and competence to prepare them for pupillage.

The method for assessing students' performance in the centralised assessments of the BPTC will change in the academic year 2016/17. Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation are to be assessed solely by multiple choice (single best answer) questions. Professional Ethics is to be assessed solely by short answer questions which will be marked centrally by the BSB.

The changes to assessment mean that we are seeking to expand our pool of question writers for both Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation. We are also seeking markers for Professional Ethics, as well as standard setters for all three subjects (those who help to determine the pass mark).

We welcome applications for all three roles from legal academics (including those working at BPTC providers), practising barristers and qualified solicitors. You must be qualified to practice in England and Wales. You may apply for several roles.

If you would like to discuss any of the above roles in more detail, please contact Natasha Ribeiro, Assessments Manager on 020 7611 1482 or for more information about these roles, please refer to the attached Job Description. 

Applications can be made by emailing your CV to Natasha Ribeiro, Assessments Manager (nribeiro@barstandardsboard.org.uk). Please state which role(s) you are interested in and whether you have previous experience. 

Closing Date: 27 June 2016

The Bar Standard Board aims to recruit a talented workforce and values the diversity in background, skills and experience of its staff. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity for all job applicants irrespective of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, maternity or pregnancy, marital or civil partnership status or gender re-assignment.

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