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Barristers Training Courses

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study one of our Barristers Training Courses at Nottingham Law School. Our courses have been designed to equip you with the procedural knowledge and skills necessary to enable you to pursue your chosen career.

Ian Fox

Congratulations on receiving an offer to study one of our Barristers Training Courses at Nottingham Law School. Our courses have been designed to equip you with the procedural knowledge and skills necessary to enable you to pursue your chosen career. We have a strong network of senior academics, together with practising barristers and judges who assist in developing the course.

We are proud to have been the first legal education provider in the UK to offer the opportunity to gain an LLM award as an integral part of the vocational course, assuming the successful completion of an additional module. If you have applied for and successfully complete the LLM Barristers Training Course, you will gain an additional qualification which is internationally recognised. The LLM Barristers Training Course is also eligible for the UK Postgraduate Masters Loan.

I look forward to welcoming you at enrolment.

Ian Fox
Course Leader

Why choose us?

  • We offer a 9 month (LLM) Barristers Training Course and a 6 month (PgDip) Barristers Training Course with, for the latter, the choice of enrolling in September or March.*
  • You will engage with realistic cases and gain the qualifications, practical knowledge and insight essential to Chambers and employers.
  • We have a dedicated Employability team who will provide you with useful advice and opportunities to help you secure pupillage.
  • We offer a multi-award-winning pro bono programme through our Legal Advice Centre.
  • You will be taught in small groups in high-quality teaching rooms, including mock courtrooms.
  • We offer scholarships, further details can be found on our funding page.

*March enrolment subject to minimum numbers being met.

Nottingham Law School has a proven track record in practical skills training, and is one of a limited number of institutions currently authorised by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) to deliver vocational training for the Bar.

As this is the first year of the course, we are delighted to have offered you a special £1,000 discount. This discount has already been deducted from your tuition fee amount included in any communications.

Your offer

The BSB’s Bar Qualification Manual generally requires students to have completed the academic component - i.e. obtained a Qualifying Law Degree or completed the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or Common Professional Examination (CPE) - before enrolling on the vocational stage.

However, if you are awaiting final results for your degree or GDL or CPE on the day of our September enrolment (16 September), you will be permitted to enrol if you will receive your final results by 1 October.

If you will not know your final results by 1 October, you will only be permitted to enrol and remain on the course if you have successfully applied to the BSB, in advance, for a waiver. The BSB will charge you an administrative fee for this.

All candidates must have passed the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) by the date of enrolment. Visit the BSB website for further details.

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 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

It is in your interests to take the IELTS and upload your certificate to the Applicant Portal by 31 July 2020, as we will be unable to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) statement for visa purposes until we have received it.

The IELTS website provides further information regarding the test, together with details of the centres that are available to administer the test.

As this is the first year of the course, we are delighted to have offered you a special £1,000 discount. This discount has already been deducted from your tuition fee amount included in any communications.

Accepting your offer

All details of your offer can be found on the Applicant Portal.

If you wish to accept your offer, log onto the Applicant Portal and follow the instructions set out in your offer email. We aim to acknowledge your acceptance straight away. If you don’t hear from us, please contact us via Ask NTU or telephone +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Membership of an Inn of Court

To enrol on either course you must be a member of an Inn of Court. Please refer to the Inns’ websites for details of their closing dates for applications.

Starting your course

Course start dates: Wednesday 16 September 2020: LLM and PgDip Barristers Training Courses; Monday 1 March 2021: PgDip Barristers Training Course.*

* March enrolment subject to minimum numbers being met.

All students should note that, on enrolment, you will be required to sign a declaration by which you:

  • acknowledge the BSB’s English language requirement
  • confirm that you meet that requirement
  • acknowledge that if, subsequent to your enrolment, we consider that your English language ability is unsatisfactory, or that there is a question as to whether any aspect of it is at the required level, we will require you to take one of the above language tests
  • acknowledge that, should you fail to provide evidence that you have attained the minimum scores above, within the period specified, you will be required to either withdraw from the course or intermit and attain the minimum scores prior to being readmitted to the course in a subsequent academic year
  • confirm that, if you are required to withdraw, you will be liable for any course fees that are due and outstanding on the date of withdrawal. If you are required to intermit, you will be liable to pay the course fees that apply to the course at the date of readmission. You must also meet any additional entry or enrolment conditions that the BSB might prescribe. You are personally responsible for any costs incurred in taking the above test and any resit attempt(s) thereof.

Useful course information

Deferrals

Please contact us via Ask NTU if you wish to defer your place.

Course adjustments

Our offer is based on the assumption that, when you made your application, you disclosed any disability that might affect the way in which we deliver the course or assess you.

In such a case, we will either:

  • agree with you that the disability will require no special facilities, or
  • meet you to discuss what facilities will be necessary.

If you have a disability but have not yet disclosed it, we need to hear from you immediately so that we can evaluate your needs and determine what adjustments we are able to make to accommodate those needs. Please contact Student Support Services by emailing Student Support or calling +44 (0)115 848 2085.

Please note that if you are a current student at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) and you already have adjustments through Student Support Services for your current course, these adjustments will not automatically be carried forward on to the Barristers Training Course. You will need to contact Student Support Services as soon as possible so a fresh evaluation can be made to accommodate your needs.

Accommodation

As a postgraduate student, you can apply for University accommodation. To guarantee yourself a place, you should apply and pay your deposit before the end of May.

International students

International students are required to make an advance payment. To find out more find out how and when to pay your fees.

Other important information

If you are an international student, your CAS statement will set out both the title of the course and the nature of the award. If you have applied for the LLM Barristers Training Course and you fail to successfully complete it, you may encounter difficulties in obtaining a visa should you subsequently apply for a further Tier 4 visa to study another course.

Fees and funding

Nottingham Law School is delighted to offer a number of generous scholarships and loyalty schemes to students starting our Barristers Training Courses starting in September 2020 including;

  • Dean's Professional Courses Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Progression and alumni discounts
  • Postgraduate loans, our LLM Barristers Training Course satisfies the academic requirements for the UK Postgraduate Masters Loan

For more information visit our NLS Funding page.

Course fees

For information on course fees please visit the relevant course page:

Other important considerations

If you have applied for the LLM Barristers Training Course and apply for the UK Postgraduate Masters Loan, you will need to intend to complete all elements of the course. Should you withdraw from the course during the academic year, we will be obliged to notify Student Finance England, which may result in your instalments being terminated and / or a request for repayment if an overpayment has been made.

Visit us

Visit us at one of our Postgraduate open events, find out more about student life and meet our academics.

Employability

Your choice of electives is the first of many decisions you’ll have to make as you embark on your legal career. Nottingham Law School has a dedicated employability team that will help you choose your electives and identify the type of firm that’s right for you.

They offer the following services:

  • workshops delivered by firms on a selection of recruitment topics such as online applications, commercial awareness, and psychometric testing
  • presentations from firms and other organisations that are seeking to recruit trainees
  • the opportunity to participate in our mentoring scheme, which includes firms such as Eversheds, Browne Jacobson, and Geldards
  • access to the FutureHub website, which allows students to keep in touch and receive notice of vacancies after completion of the course
  • individual advice on career strategy, CVs and covering letters
  • practice interviews and assessment centres.

Our students consistently secure training contracts in a wide range of organisations, including city and regional corporate practices, high street practices, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, the Government Legal Service, and in-house providers.

Find out more about your future career.

Any questions?

Call +44 (0)115 848 4460 or contact us via Ask NTU.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418