'We want to make it more accessible': a guide to the new-look bar course

The exam for barrister trainees could be about to change. Here’s all students need to know about the planned new course

A new-look, two-part bar professional training course (BPTC) which costs 30% less than the current cheapest London option could help reduce financial risks and increase flexibility for students from 2020 – if it gets the go-ahead.

Training to become a barrister is competitive and hugely expensive. Former Bar Council chair Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC has estimated that students may spend up to £127,000 to qualify.

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