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The Bar Knowledge Course is the first step in Northumbria’s alternative barrister training route. The Bar is a demanding profession, and our Bar Knowledge Course and Bar Skills Course give you the flexibility to break your learning down into two separate stages, while still receiving the very best possible legal training.

The Bar Knowledge Course focuses on giving you the opportunity to acquire all of the knowledge you need to prepare you for the rigours of the Bar.

Taught largely through realistic case studies, or briefs, you will study the two centralised assessment modules, Civil Litigation and Criminal Litigation.

You will benefit from the highest quality of practice-informed teaching, taught by staff who are professionally qualified as either barristers or solicitors with strong staff-student contact and tailored feedback.

You will also benefit from generous contact hours throughout the course – including dedicated exam-focused teaching sessions – in which the teaching team will share their expertise to support you in preparing for the Bar Standards Board (BSB) centralised assessments.

The programme makes the best use of facilities such as Northumbria’s extensive IT provision and dedicated legal practice library. Close links with the Bar and judiciary enhances networking opportunities and employment prospects.

Successful completion (40 credits) will mean you are eligible to move on to the Bar Skills Course, which aims to help you build on the knowledge you've acquired and develop the skills necessary for you to practice as a barrister.

Successfully completing both stages (120 credits) is equivalent to completion of the Bar Course and leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Training and means you will ultimately possess the attributes set out in the Professional Statement for Barristers and be eligible for Call to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying requirements of your Inn of Court).

The Bar Knowledge Course and the Bar Skills Course ultimately prepare you for pupillage and training as a barrister, but also a highly successful career not only at the Bar, but across the legal profession, business and politics.

Our flexible suite of Bar Courses offers you the opportunity to learn in the way that suits you best, with part-time, LLM and PGDip options available.

Please note: The Bar Knowledge and Skills Courses, when both are taken, replace the Bar Professional Training Course, and provide an alternative BSB-regulated vocational stage of training for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
1 year part-time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
City Campus, Northumbria University

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2020

Fee Information

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The Bar Knowledge Course at Northumbria will be immersive, practice-focused and extremely supportive. By studying in a way that simulates professional practice, you will prepare yourself for a seamless transition from classroom to courtroom.

We will deliver the knowledge modules Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation, through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. We believe that face-to-face teaching is essential to allow you to discuss and debate the material with our academics, and learn from their extensive experience of the law.

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At Northumbria you can expect exceptionally high standards of teaching from a practice-oriented teaching team, many of whom remain in practice at the Bar or sit as Judges.

We are enthusiastically supported by the broader Bar and Judiciary, who often deliver in-course and extra-curricular teaching as part of the Practitioner Programme – with a strong emphasis on the development of your Advocacy skills. The quality of our teaching at Northumbria has been recognised through a variety of awards and nominations. These include Law Teacher of the Year Award, the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award and the Northern Law Awards.

The expertise of staff extends beyond professional practice. As academics, the tutors at Northumbria Law School have expertise in a range of areas, with some members recognised as national or international leaders in their field. We host the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, and our research groups include Gender, Sexuality and Law; the Northumbria Information Rights Research Group; and the International Law Research Interest Group.

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Northumbria Law School provides first-class teaching in a world-class environment. You will be based in our award-winning City Campus East building, which houses our mock courtroom and Student Law Office as well as an array of lecture theatres, classrooms and a dedicated postgraduate study area.

It is also home to our specialist Law Practice Library, which contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals, databases, and law reports. The range and depth of resources reflects our position as the largest law school in the North East region.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK, and holds Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is an integral part of this course. You receive extensive support through our e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access a wide range of resources. These include online discussion forums, collaborative online learning, self-test materials and assessment tasks. We use Panopto software to record teaching, feedback and practical exercises in Conferencing and Advocacy. This is a valuable aid in the process of self-reflection, critical thinking and continual improvement.

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You will experience research-rich learning in both the knowledge and skills elements of the Bar Course, through enquiry-based tasks, case analysis and engagement with legal research.

The pervasive research culture of Northumbria Law School will facilitate your development of excellent research skills and a strong conceptual understanding of specialist areas of law.

The Law School’s research is focused on three areas: Law and Society; Legal Education and Professional Skills; and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. Your tutors will discuss their own and wider research as it relates to the course, enhancing your learning experience and encouraging critical thinking.

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The Bar Knowledge Course allows you to build on your existing legal knowledge and take the first step to pursuing a career as a barrister.

At Northumbria, we aim to ensure that you are prepared in every way for pupillage selection and life as a barrister. Choosing this alternative barrister training route, gives you a more flexible way to gain the knowledge set out in the Professional Statement for Barristers, so that you can move on to develop the skills and attributes needed to practice as a successful legal professional.

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Entry Requirements 2020/21

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree in Law or a minimum of a Commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL). Applicants with a 2:2 honours degree or a Pass in the GDL will be considered exceptionally on an individual basis.

All applicants are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before commencing the course, and applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB). Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard as specified by the BSB within the past five years. For more information please visit www.barstandardsboard.org.uk.

English language requirements:
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For further information and how to apply, please visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/barapplications
Please review this information before submitting your application.

Fees and Funding 2020/21 Entry

Full UK Fee: £3,000

Full EU Fee: £3,000

Full International Fee: £3,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

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