The Manchester Metropolitan University

Bar Training Course

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Rank: 54 (The Complete University Guide)

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Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2020/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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This is a course built for a career at the Bar, with everything from the learning environment to our academic team created to give you the expertise and experience You'll need to pursue a future as a barrister.It's a course rooted in real experiences. You'll mirror professional practices: working within a chambers group, developing your skills and knowledge through the use of practical scenarios. You'll study an innovative professional practice unit to help you develop resilience, confidence and leadership, understand the demands of the profession and thrive at the Bar.If you want to get onto the path to practice, our Bar Training Course offers the best step forward.At the heart of the Northern CircuitWe have a long-standing history of delivering this course in Manchester. During this time, we've built strong and lasting links with the legal profession, both locally and across the Northern Circuit, giving you access to mentoring, advice and networking opportunities.Taught by expertsOur highly experienced teaching team includes barristers and solicitors, district judges, internationally renowned research academics and legal scholars.Throughout the course, practitioners from the Northern Circuit also provide additional advocacy classes and are on-hand at events to offer advice about your future as a barrister.Features and Benefits

  • Specialist facilities for Bar students: apply your skills in a realistic environment with our specialist facilities including chambers rooms, a legal library and mock court room.
  • A legal hub: study in the second largest legal centre in the UK. Manchester is home to well-respected law firms and at the heart of the North Circuit of the Bar.
  • Additional Professional Programme (APP): bridge the gap between student and professional life and prepare for the Bar. Develop your CV by attending regular guest lectures and doing pro bono work.
  • Practitioner Mentor Scheme: each chambers group will be assigned a practising barrister as a mentor to mirror the real-life practices.
  • Supportive community: the student Law Society brings together students from all stages of legal study. The Law Society incorporates the Critical Lawyers Group (CLG) and the Mooting and Advocacy Society.


Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on this course, you will normally have to satisfy two criteria: You will hold an LLB degree or have completed the GDL programme. You will have obtained a pass in the Bar Aptitude Test. Bar students are selected primarily on academic ability and must have been awarded at least a 2:2 at undergraduate degree level, or international equivalent, although factors such as commitment to the profession, motivation and other skills will also be considered. All BPTC offers are subject to the condition that students successfully complete the academic stage of their training to the Bar Standards Board's satisfaction and have enrolled as a student member of one of the Inns of Court. International students please refer to This course requires IELTS of 7.5 in all elements of the test. Please note this is a requirement that differs from the University standard.

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IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any category)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The Manchester Metropolitan University.

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International students

With such a large student body, there are plenty of different nationalities represented within the university’s classes. For international students there is help and advice that begins before they arrive I the UK and continues while they are there. This includes specific information by the country for applicants, assistance with immigration and visas paperwork and even help finding accommodation. There is also lots of general help to integrate with the new community and find those with similar interests and culture to themselves. Finally, there is help with English should this not be a first language for students. The Union MMU is at the heart of activities outside the classroom for the university’s students. It has a building on both the campuses and is available to offer advice and guidance for its members as well as organising the various sports and interest clubs and societies. There are student forums held five times a year for students to voice their opinions on matters that affect them and student groups that have their own representatives as well. Student run media include a radio station, website and print media. The union building in Manchester covers some four floors and includes a bar and nightclub, shops and banking facilities, a student activities centre and advice centre as well as space for those working to run the union.

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