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Barristers Training Course

Bar Professional Training Course
  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 9 months (full-time)


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What you'll study

The course will build on your knowledge and understanding of the law, enhancing the attributes required to be an effective member of the Bar and demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the BSB's Professional Statement.

After a short introductory period, you'll commence your study of the compulsory subjects. You'll handle seven realistic briefs (four criminal and three civil) from commencement to trial. Knowledge and skills are taught and learned through the progress of these case studies, as you respond to instructions to Counsel.

To gain the LLM, you'll study an additional module in the third term, which incorporates topics such as vulnerable witnesses and expert evidence, and you will gain practical experience of mediation and further experience of trial advocacy. You'll also need to complete a dissertation linked to one of the topics you have covered or (where you have undertaken practical legal work experience) submit a critical reflective report. In respect of legal work experience, there are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity, including handling real cases, through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau, or carrying our placements within a professional legal setting.

  • Modules

    Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR

    Pervasives

    • Case Preparation and Analysis
    • Legal Research
    • Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR

    Knowledge

    • Civil Litigation and Evidence
    • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
    • Professional Ethics

    Skills

    • Advocacy
    • Conference Skills
    • Drafting
    • Opinion Writing

Practical course designed by practising barristers, judges and senior academics.

How you’re taught

The nine-month, full-time course is taught predominantly by way of practical small group sessions in high-quality teaching accommodation, which includes impressive mock courtrooms. You'll be taught in groups of approximately 12 students, except for Advocacy and Conference where you will be taught in groups of six students. These small group sessions are supported by large group sessions, online materials, self-study sessions and guest speakers.

Alongside dedicated sessions for the separate knowledge and skills areas, you'll also develop these through the use of briefs that replicate the reality of practice at the Bar and allow you to practise and experience case management from beginning to end. In the context of both Civil and Criminal, this will include participation in full trial hearings.

Assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment methods. For Criminal and Civil Litigation you are assessed through assessments centrally set by the BSB, comprising of multiple choice and single best answer questions. Skills are assessed both written and orally, typically set out in the context of briefs or instructions to Counsel. Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR is assessed by either a dissertation or, where you have undertaken legal work experience, a reflective report.

You'll receive a percentage mark for each compulsory assessment and, on successful completion of the BTC modules, a transcript containing your overall aggregate. Those who meet the requirements of the LLM will be rewarded with a Pass, Commendation or Distinction.

Learn from practitioners with significant experience.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Successful completion of this course enables you to proceed to be called to the Bar and proceed to pupillage. We have a dedicated careers and placement service who will support you in your search for both pupillage and alternative employment. The team provides practical sessions and advice. 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

The team offers advice and practical support, such as mock interviews. A number of presentations are given throughout the year reflecting the changing needs of students as they progress through the application process. The focus of these presentations is on both practice at the Bar, which reflects the ambitions of most of the students, and alternative careers.

Students should view careers advice as something about which any BTC tutor can be approached. All teaching staff come from practice, some from London and some from the local area, and some retain tenancies in Chambers. We are thus able to offer first-hand advice and guidance to students.

A number of local Chambers have been enthusiastic in their support for the course and our students and former students are represented amongst those they recruited as pupils with a view to tenancy.

Continuing professional development

Nottingham Law School also offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for continuing professional development (CPD), in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

Placements are not part of the course, although there are opportunities to gain legal experience through pro bono projects. We also run a successful Legal Advice Centre and strongly advise students to get involved in these activities.

Links with the profession

In addition to the programme of guest lectures and practitioner workshops that run during the year, we give you further opportunities to experience life at the Bar, and to meet practitioners. Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Welcome reception – at the beginning of the course, we arrange a social event attended by the Bar and Judiciary.
  • Annual dinner – the Nottingham BTC / Nottingham Bar Mess Annual Dinner is a popular event that is attended by practitioners, judges, and representatives from the four Inns of Court. Many former students – now tenants and pupils themselves – attend.
    This event counts as one of your qualifying sessions.
  • 1 High Pavement Plea in Mitigation Competition – 1 High Pavement is a leading criminal set which sponsors our annual Plea in Mitigation Competition.
    The competition is judged by members of Chambers.
  • Ropewalk Chambers Mooting Competition – Ropewalk Chambers, a leading specialist civil set in Nottingham, sponsors the mooting competition, which is judged by members of Chambers.

Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure qualifying work experience or other legal employment.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • Qualifying law degree (2.1 or above); or
  • Graduate Diploma In Law or Common Professional Examination, with undergraduate honours degree (2.1)
  • (A 2.2 honours degree will be considered with evidence of exceptional achievement elsewhere in the application, e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience – paid or unpaid).

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

The Bar Course Aptitude Test

In order to enrol, all students must take and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the deadline set by the Bar Standards Board.

Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)

Anyone with non-standard qualifications is required to present a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS) from the Bar Standards Board before they enrol on the Barristers Training Course. Full details of who is required to obtain this Certificate can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Inns of Court

It is an enrolment requirement of the Barristers Training Course that you must join an Inn of Court before you can begin studying on the programme. For more details, including deadlines and fees please contact the relevant Inn:

Help and support

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • Qualifying law degree (2.1 or above); or
  • Graduate Diploma In Law or Common Professional Examination, with undergraduate honours degree (2.1)
  • (A 2.2 honours degree will be considered with evidence of exceptional achievement elsewhere in the application, e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience – paid or unpaid).

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

The Bar Course Aptitude Test

In order to enrol, all students must take and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the deadline set by the Bar Standards Board.

Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)

Anyone with non-standard qualifications is required to present a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS) from the Bar Standards Board before they enrol on the Barristers Training Course. Full details of who is required to obtain this Certificate can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

English language requirements 

It is a requirement of the LLM BTC that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their English language ability is equivalent to a minimum score of 7.5 in each element of the IELTS test.

International students will be required to produce a certificate evidencing the necessary IELTS scores or equivalents* unless they have:

  • An actual or predicted degree classification of 2.1 or above in a law degree undertaken wholly or predominantly in the UK.
  • An actual or predicted commendation or above in the GDL undertaken in the UK.
  • An actual or predicted commendation or above in a taught LLM undertaken in the UK.

*We currently accept the following as alternatives to IELTS:

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • KITE
  • TOEFL

KITE is free to our offer holders who are unable to access other acceptable English language tests due to current test centre closures. If you would like to sign up for the test, please email kite@ntu.ac.uk. Find out more about our English language requirements for International students: English language requirements.

Inns of Court

It is an enrolment requirement of the Barristers Training Course that you must join an Inn of Court before you can begin studying on the programme. For more details, including deadlines and fees please contact the relevant Inn:

Help and support

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

Before submitting your application please read and complete our supporting information document for your Barristers Training Course application. You are required to upload this to your application.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Personal statements

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.
Please note that you can refer to your Supporting Information Document in your personal statement.

Guidance for References

An academic reference must be provided in order for us to process your application. This should be from your most recently attended institution. Your referee should email their reference from their university/institution email account rather than a personal account and should address the following information:

  • How long they have known you and in what capacity (e.g. subject/module tutor; course leader)
  • The opportunities they have had to gauge your performance on your studies (e.g. marked work; supervision)
  • A predicted grade (or confirmation of your grade if you have completed your studies)
  • A statement of your suitability to undertake vocational training for the Bar

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Before submitting your application please read and complete our supporting information document for your Barristers Training Course application. You are required to upload this to your application.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Visa

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Personal statements

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.
Please note that you can refer to your Supporting Information Document in your personal statement.

Guidance for References

An academic reference must be provided in order for us to process your application. This should be from your most recently attended institution. Your referee should email their reference from their university/institution email account rather than a personal account and should address the following information:

  • How long they have known you and in what capacity (e.g. subject/module tutor; course leader)
  • The opportunities they have had to gauge your performance on your studies (e.g. marked work; supervision)
  • A predicted grade (or confirmation of your grade if you have completed your studies)
  • A statement of your suitability to undertake vocational training for the Bar

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2021 entry

To be confirmed.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Visit the NLS funding page for more details on course specific scholarships.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Career Development Loans may be available. For further information, please visit the Gov.uk website.

NTU Alumni Discount

If you are an existing NTU final year undergraduate student, or if you have graduated from an NTU full-time undergraduate or the Nottingham Law School GDL after 1 July 2015, and you enrol onto a Nottingham Law School full-time, part-time, or distance learning Professional Course, you are eligible to receive a £1,000 tuition fee reduction.

You must accept your offer of a place to study on an eligible course at Nottingham Law School starting in September. You do not need to apply for the discount, as it will automatically be deducted from your fee before enrolment.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2021 entry

To be confirmed.

Funding your studies

Please visit our postgraduate fees page for further information on course fees.

For information on funding opportunities and scholarships for this course visit the NLS funding page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study on eligible courses at the University.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

NTU Alumni

If you are an existing NTU final year undergraduate student, or if you have graduated from an NTU full-time undergraduate or the Nottingham Law School GDL after 1 July 2015, and you enrol onto a Nottingham Law School full-time, part-time, or distance learning Professional Course, you are eligible to receive a £1,000 tuition fee reduction.

You must accept your offer of a place to study on an eligible course at Nottingham Law School starting in September. You do not need to apply for the discount, as it will automatically be deducted from your fee before enrolment.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

Admissions
+44 (0)115 941 8418

LLM

Barristers Training Course

Bar Professional Training Course
  • Level(s) of study: Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Starting: September 2021
  • Course duration: 9 months (full-time)


FIND US ON

Why choose this course?

Successful completion of this course enables you to be called to the Bar, and proceed to pupillage. Our nine-month LLM BTC gives you the opportunity to gain the award of a Masters (LLM), assuming successful completion of the BTC and an additional module, Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR, which has been created to give you experience of issues that are at the cutting-edge of practice, such as vulnerable witnesses and expert evidence.

The LLM qualification is internationally recognised, and is eligible for the UK postgraduate government loan. Our LLM incorporates a number of unique, practical elements which are at the forefront of legal practice and which will aid you in your future career.

Why study at Nottingham Law School?

  • All our staff are experienced lawyers and you will benefit from their practical knowledge, as well as from visiting lecturers.
  • Our teaching is consistently commended as excellent.
  • You'll receive face-to-face feedback in all assessable skills.
  • You'll undertake assessments with a practical focus.
  • Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure qualifying work experience or other legal employment. You'll also benefit from working with our successful careers team.
  • We have considerable expertise in advocacy and alternative dispute resolution. We're home to the first Centre for Advocacy in the UK and our Centre for Mediation and Dispute Resolution was opened in 2016 by Sir Peter Coulson, now a judge of the Court of Appeal.
  • As well as access to an exclusive BTC study area, studying with Nottingham Law School also means that you have all the facilities a large Law School can offer, plus the advantages of studying within a university environment which offers outstanding library, IT, support, sports, language and Student Union services.
  • NTU is 1st for number of Law students taking Professional Qualifications (HESA, 18/19).

To celebrate the launch of this course, we will also offer a £1,000 Launch Award for those starting in 2020. This will be a reduction on the tuition fee.

We are authorised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to deliver the vocational component of Bar training.

What you'll study

The course will build on your knowledge and understanding of the law, enhancing the attributes required to be an effective member of the Bar and demonstrate that you have met the requirements of the BSB's Professional Statement.

After a short introductory period, you'll commence your study of the compulsory subjects. You'll handle seven realistic briefs (four criminal and three civil) from commencement to trial. Knowledge and skills are taught and learned through the progress of these case studies, as you respond to instructions to Counsel.

To gain the LLM, you'll study an additional module in the third term, which incorporates topics such as vulnerable witnesses and expert evidence, and you will gain practical experience of mediation and further experience of trial advocacy. You'll also need to complete a dissertation linked to one of the topics you have covered or (where you have undertaken practical legal work experience) submit a critical reflective report. In respect of legal work experience, there are a number of options available, such as undertaking pro bono activity, including handling real cases, through our Legal Advice Centre, working for the Citizens Advice Bureau, or carrying our placements within a professional legal setting.

  • Modules

    Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR

    Pervasives

    • Case Preparation and Analysis
    • Legal Research
    • Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR

    Knowledge

    • Civil Litigation and Evidence
    • Criminal Litigation and Evidence
    • Professional Ethics

    Skills

    • Advocacy
    • Conference Skills
    • Drafting
    • Opinion Writing

Practical course designed by practising barristers, judges and senior academics.

How you’re taught

The nine-month, full-time course is taught predominantly by way of practical small group sessions in high-quality teaching accommodation, which includes impressive mock courtrooms. You'll be taught in groups of approximately 12 students, except for Advocacy and Conference where you will be taught in groups of six students. These small group sessions are supported by large group sessions, online materials, self-study sessions and guest speakers.

Alongside dedicated sessions for the separate knowledge and skills areas, you'll also develop these through the use of briefs that replicate the reality of practice at the Bar and allow you to practise and experience case management from beginning to end. In the context of both Civil and Criminal, this will include participation in full trial hearings.

Assessment

The course uses a variety of assessment methods. For Criminal and Civil Litigation you are assessed through assessments centrally set by the BSB, comprising of multiple choice and single best answer questions. Skills are assessed both written and orally, typically set out in the context of briefs or instructions to Counsel. Advanced Advocacy, Advice and ADR is assessed by either a dissertation or, where you have undertaken legal work experience, a reflective report.

You'll receive a percentage mark for each compulsory assessment and, on successful completion of the BTC modules, a transcript containing your overall aggregate. Those who meet the requirements of the LLM will be rewarded with a Pass, Commendation or Distinction.

Learn from practitioners with significant experience.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Successful completion of this course enables you to proceed to be called to the Bar and proceed to pupillage. We have a dedicated careers and placement service who will support you in your search for both pupillage and alternative employment. The team provides practical sessions and advice. 100% of postgraduate leavers of this course are employed or engaged in further study six months after leaving (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016-17).

The team offers advice and practical support, such as mock interviews. A number of presentations are given throughout the year reflecting the changing needs of students as they progress through the application process. The focus of these presentations is on both practice at the Bar, which reflects the ambitions of most of the students, and alternative careers.

Students should view careers advice as something about which any BTC tutor can be approached. All teaching staff come from practice, some from London and some from the local area, and some retain tenancies in Chambers. We are thus able to offer first-hand advice and guidance to students.

A number of local Chambers have been enthusiastic in their support for the course and our students and former students are represented amongst those they recruited as pupils with a view to tenancy.

Continuing professional development

Nottingham Law School also offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for continuing professional development (CPD), in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

Placements are not part of the course, although there are opportunities to gain legal experience through pro bono projects. We also run a successful Legal Advice Centre and strongly advise students to get involved in these activities.

Links with the profession

In addition to the programme of guest lectures and practitioner workshops that run during the year, we give you further opportunities to experience life at the Bar, and to meet practitioners. Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Welcome reception – at the beginning of the course, we arrange a social event attended by the Bar and Judiciary.
  • Annual dinner – the Nottingham BTC / Nottingham Bar Mess Annual Dinner is a popular event that is attended by practitioners, judges, and representatives from the four Inns of Court. Many former students – now tenants and pupils themselves – attend.
    This event counts as one of your qualifying sessions.
  • 1 High Pavement Plea in Mitigation Competition – 1 High Pavement is a leading criminal set which sponsors our annual Plea in Mitigation Competition.
    The competition is judged by members of Chambers.
  • Ropewalk Chambers Mooting Competition – Ropewalk Chambers, a leading specialist civil set in Nottingham, sponsors the mooting competition, which is judged by members of Chambers.

Our dedicated and experienced careers consultants provide guidance and support to help you secure qualifying work experience or other legal employment.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • Qualifying law degree (2.1 or above); or
  • Graduate Diploma In Law or Common Professional Examination, with undergraduate honours degree (2.1)
  • (A 2.2 honours degree will be considered with evidence of exceptional achievement elsewhere in the application, e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience – paid or unpaid).

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

The Bar Course Aptitude Test

In order to enrol, all students must take and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the deadline set by the Bar Standards Board.

Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)

Anyone with non-standard qualifications is required to present a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS) from the Bar Standards Board before they enrol on the Barristers Training Course. Full details of who is required to obtain this Certificate can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Inns of Court

It is an enrolment requirement of the Barristers Training Course that you must join an Inn of Court before you can begin studying on the programme. For more details, including deadlines and fees please contact the relevant Inn:

Help and support

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

You will need one of the following options:

  • Qualifying law degree (2.1 or above); or
  • Graduate Diploma In Law or Common Professional Examination, with undergraduate honours degree (2.1)
  • (A 2.2 honours degree will be considered with evidence of exceptional achievement elsewhere in the application, e.g. awards, scholarships, work experience – paid or unpaid).

All applicants should provide evidence in their personal statement of their commitment to a career in law and will be required to provide a full reference in support of their application.

The Bar Course Aptitude Test

In order to enrol, all students must take and pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the deadline set by the Bar Standards Board.

Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS)

Anyone with non-standard qualifications is required to present a Certificate of Academic Standing (CAS) from the Bar Standards Board before they enrol on the Barristers Training Course. Full details of who is required to obtain this Certificate can be found on the Bar Standards Board website.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

English language requirements 

It is a requirement of the LLM BTC that students are fluent in English. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate that their English language ability is equivalent to a minimum score of 7.5 in each element of the IELTS test.

International students will be required to produce a certificate evidencing the necessary IELTS scores or equivalents* unless they have:

  • An actual or predicted degree classification of 2.1 or above in a law degree undertaken wholly or predominantly in the UK.
  • An actual or predicted commendation or above in the GDL undertaken in the UK.
  • An actual or predicted commendation or above in a taught LLM undertaken in the UK.

*We currently accept the following as alternatives to IELTS:

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic)
  • KITE
  • TOEFL

KITE is free to our offer holders who are unable to access other acceptable English language tests due to current test centre closures. If you would like to sign up for the test, please email kite@ntu.ac.uk. Find out more about our English language requirements for International students: English language requirements.

Inns of Court

It is an enrolment requirement of the Barristers Training Course that you must join an Inn of Court before you can begin studying on the programme. For more details, including deadlines and fees please contact the relevant Inn:

Help and support

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

How to apply

Before submitting your application please read and complete our supporting information document for your Barristers Training Course application. You are required to upload this to your application.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Personal statements

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.
Please note that you can refer to your Supporting Information Document in your personal statement.

Guidance for References

An academic reference must be provided in order for us to process your application. This should be from your most recently attended institution. Your referee should email their reference from their university/institution email account rather than a personal account and should address the following information:

  • How long they have known you and in what capacity (e.g. subject/module tutor; course leader)
  • The opportunities they have had to gauge your performance on your studies (e.g. marked work; supervision)
  • A predicted grade (or confirmation of your grade if you have completed your studies)
  • A statement of your suitability to undertake vocational training for the Bar

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Before submitting your application please read and complete our supporting information document for your Barristers Training Course application. You are required to upload this to your application.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Application closing date

Please note this course can reach its maximum capacity prior to the course start date, which will result in early closure. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Visa

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.

Personal statements

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.
Please note that you can refer to your Supporting Information Document in your personal statement.

Guidance for References

An academic reference must be provided in order for us to process your application. This should be from your most recently attended institution. Your referee should email their reference from their university/institution email account rather than a personal account and should address the following information:

  • How long they have known you and in what capacity (e.g. subject/module tutor; course leader)
  • The opportunities they have had to gauge your performance on your studies (e.g. marked work; supervision)
  • A predicted grade (or confirmation of your grade if you have completed your studies)
  • A statement of your suitability to undertake vocational training for the Bar

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Fees for 2021 entry

To be confirmed.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Visit the NLS funding page for more details on course specific scholarships.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Career Development Loans may be available. For further information, please visit the Gov.uk website.

NTU Alumni Discount

If you are an existing NTU final year undergraduate student, or if you have graduated from an NTU full-time undergraduate or the Nottingham Law School GDL after 1 July 2015, and you enrol onto a Nottingham Law School full-time, part-time, or distance learning Professional Course, you are eligible to receive a £1,000 tuition fee reduction.

You must accept your offer of a place to study on an eligible course at Nottingham Law School starting in September. You do not need to apply for the discount, as it will automatically be deducted from your fee before enrolment.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Fees for 2021 entry

To be confirmed.

Funding your studies

Please visit our postgraduate fees page for further information on course fees.

For information on funding opportunities and scholarships for this course visit the NLS funding page.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study on eligible courses at the University.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

NTU Alumni

If you are an existing NTU final year undergraduate student, or if you have graduated from an NTU full-time undergraduate or the Nottingham Law School GDL after 1 July 2015, and you enrol onto a Nottingham Law School full-time, part-time, or distance learning Professional Course, you are eligible to receive a £1,000 tuition fee reduction.

You must accept your offer of a place to study on an eligible course at Nottingham Law School starting in September. You do not need to apply for the discount, as it will automatically be deducted from your fee before enrolment.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

Still need help?

Admissions
+44 (0)115 941 8418