This section includes information on the four approved pathways to satisfy the individual components of training for the Bar. These pathways will come into effect from September 2020.

1) The three components of Bar training can be attained by means of any one of four approved training pathways:

  • Three-step pathway – academic component, followed by vocational component, followed by pupillage or work-based component.
  • Four-step pathway – academic component, followed by vocational component in two parts, followed by pupillage or work-based component.
  • Integrated academic and vocational pathway combined academic component and vocational component followed by pupillage or work-based component.
  • Apprenticeship pathway – combined academic component, vocational component and pupillage or work-based component.

2) The Bar Qualification Rules will enable new training programmes to be developed for prospective barristers following the approved training pathways, with the focus being on meeting the Threshold Standard and competences of the Professional Statement.

3) Students already undertaking education and training under the old rules will not normally need to switch courses (subject to certain time limits). Law programmes, the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and pupillages will continue to be provided in their existing formats for some time.

4) Appropriate transitional arrangements will be in place to ensure that no student will be disproportionately adversely affected by changes to the old rules.