23 September 2019

The Bar Qualification Manual

The Bar Qualification Manual is intended for use by students, pupils, transferring lawyers, Authorised Education and Training Organisations (AETOs), the BSB (as the regulatory body), and any members of the public who are interested to know how barristers are trained.

 

PART 1 - OVERVIEW

A.        THE QUALIFICATION RULES AND THE BAR QUALIFICATION MANUAL

B.        STRUCTURE OF BAR TRAINING

            B1. Components of Bar training

            B2. Approved pathways

 

PART 2 - FOR STUDENTS, PUPILS AND TRANSFERRING LAWYERS

A.        ACADEMIC COMPONENT

            A1. Foundations of Legal Knowledge

            A2. Completing the academic component - Law Degrees

            A3. Completing the academic component - Conversion Courses 

            A4. Certificates of Academic Standing

            A5. Exemptions from individual subjects - Applications

            A6. Stale qualifications 

            A7. Common Protocol on the Academic Component of Training

            A8. Oversight of the academic component  

B.        VOCATIONAL COMPONENT

            B1. The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC)

            B2. Syllabus

            B3. The Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT)

            B4. Centralised assessments

            B5. Exemptions and Waivers - Applications            

C.        WORK-BASED LEARNING COMPONENT (PUPILLAGE)

            C1. Overview and structure of pupillage

            C2. Responsibilities of AETOs

            C3. Responsibilities of pupils

            C4. The role of the Circuits and Specialist Bar Associations (SBAs)

            C5. Assessment of pupils and compulsory courses

            C6. Authorisation to Practise

            C7. Exemptions and Waivers - Applications

            C8. Support and advice for pupils            

D.        TRANSFERRING LAWYERS

            D1. Types of transferring lawyer

            D2. Transfer route - Full exemption

            D3. Transfer route - Partial exemption

            D4. The Bar Transfer Test (BTT)

            D5. Temporary Call            

E.        REVIEWS AND APPEALS

            E1. Review Applications and Procedures

            E2. Appeals to the High Court

 

PART 3 - THE ROLE OF THE INNS OF COURT

A.        MEMBERSHIP OF AN INN OF COURT AND STUDENT CONDUCT

B.        QUALIFYING SESSIONS AND OTHER FORMS OF TRAINING

C.        CALL TO THE BAR

 

PART 4 - FOR AUTHORISED EDUCATION AND TRAINING ORGANISATIONS (AETOs)

A.        OVERVIEW

B.        AUTHORISATION OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING ORGANISATIONS

C.        AUTHORISATION OF CURRENT PTOs AS AETOs  

 

PART 5 - AMENDMENTS

A.        TABLE OF AMENDMENTS TO THE BAR QUALIFICATION MANUAL