The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has today announced that it has authorised Northumbria University to deliver the vocational component of Bar training from September 2020.
Under the new Bar Qualification Rules which came into force earlier this year, all Bar training providers are required to apply to the BSB for authorisation in order to provide Bar training. Today’s announcement means that Northumbria University has become an Authorised Education and Training Organisation (AETO) for the provision of vocational training for the Bar, subject to their entering into a contract with the BSB, as all AETOs must do, in relation to the provision of the authorised courses.
The process of authorisation for any potential AETO involves consideration by a BSB panel of detailed information provided by the AETO against the requirements of the Authorisation Framework. Details of all those who are currently in the process of seeking authorisation to provide vocational training are also published on the regulator’s website.
A BSB spokesperson said: “We are pleased to confirm that Northumbria University has met the requirements to become an Authorised and Education Training Organisation. Following recent authorisation announcements, there are still a number of other potential training providers in the process of seeking authorisation from us, so we hope that there will be lots of choice available when new courses begin in 2020.”
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About the Bar Standards Board
Our mission is to regulate barristers and specialised legal services businesses in England and Wales in the public interest. For more information about what we do visit: http://bit.ly/1gwui8t
About the Future Bar Training programme of change
The authorisation of Authorised Education and Training Organisations follows the introduction of new Bar Qualification Rules in April this year which are designed to ensure that training to become a barrister is more accessible, affordable and flexible whilst maintaining the high standards of entry expected at the Bar.
Training for the Bar has three components:
- Academic – provided by an appropriate Law degree or a Graduate Diploma in Law;
- Vocational – currently provided by the Bar Professional Training Course which will be replaced by new vocational training courses with effect from September 2020; and
- Work based – provided by pupillage and potentially also by other forms of work based learning in future
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