1) Previously, there were three distinct and sequential stages of education and training for the Bar. These were:

  • Academic Stage – satisfied by completion of a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) or a non-law degree plus the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
  • Vocational Stage – satisfied by completion of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and the Inns’ pre-Call requirements.
  • Professional Stage – satisfied by periods of non-practising and practising pupillage.

2) Under the Bar Qualification Rules, the three stages of education and training have been reclassified as:

  • Academic component – gaining knowledge of the law itself.
  • Vocational component – acquiring the core skills of a barrister, such as advocacy.
  • Pupillage or work-based component – learning to be a barrister ‘on the job’.

3) Detailed guidance on each of the components of training may be found in Part 2 of the Bar Qualification Manual.