First and foremost, it is important for you to become a member of one of the four Inns of Court (Middle Temple, Grays Inn, Inner Temple and Lincolns Inn). The Inns offer a total of £6 million in scholarships, though you can only apply to one Inn of Court.
When considering the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), aspiring barristers often encounter financial concerns due to the cost of the program. Fortunately, there are various funding options available to support students pursuing this crucial stage of legal training.
Several organizations and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries specifically designed to assist students undertaking the BPTC. These financial aids can significantly alleviate the financial burden. Institutions like the University of Law (ULaw) provide a range of scholarships and financial support schemes aimed at helping students finance their BPC studies.
For detailed information on fees, funding, and available scholarships for the BPC at The University of Law, explore ULaw’s Postgraduate Course Fees and Funding page.
The Inns of Court also play a pivotal role in funding aspiring barristers. Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Lincoln’s Inn, and Gray’s Inn each offer various scholarships, awards, and grants to BPTC students. These prestigious scholarships cover part or all of the BPTC tuition fees.
Some students secure sponsorship from law firms or organizations willing to finance their BPTC studies in return for a commitment to work for them after completion of the course. Employer-sponsored candidates may have part or all of their tuition fees covered.
While traditional student loans may not cover the entirety of BPTC tuition fees, students can explore government-backed postgraduate loans or professional career development loans to help cover costs. Additionally, some banks and financial institutions offer loans tailored to postgraduate legal studies.
Before embarking on the BPTC, it is crucial for aspiring barristers to research and explore the available funding options. Institutions like ULaw provide comprehensive information about fees, funding opportunities, and financial support for prospective BPTC students.
For a detailed breakdown of BPTC fees and funding options available at the University of Law, visit their dedicated Postgraduate Course Fees and Funding page.
By carefully considering and exploring the funding avenues, aspiring barristers can make informed decisions about financing their BPTC studies, thereby paving the way for a successful legal career.
The interview itself is something not to take lightly and preparation is key.
Prior to the interview, it is vital that each applicant is aware of what they had initially written in their application. The interviewing panel would be very much aware of your application so be ready to answer any questions they may have on the work experience you have stated, interests or even grades.
It is extremely important that you do not lie or over-exaggerate your abilities or work experiences in the application form. This is because during the interview, you could be heavily questioned on what was stated on your application and if you are unable to answer any questions arising from it, this likely to jeopardise the entire interview.
The second most important thing to do is to thoroughly research the area or areas of law you have indicated interest to. The panel may very well ask you questions on a recent decision in that particular area of law or ask you to expand on a particular point of law in relation to that area. Therefore, preparation which correlates with your statements in the application is crucial.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that the panel is not there to catch you out but rather they want to try and provide assistance to every applicant. However as this is physically impossible and as there is potentially a huge amount of funding that may be provided, they need to be certain that you are the appropriate candidate for the Bar and that you would be able to complete the BPTC successfully.
Words: Maham Qureshi
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