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Bar Training Course (LLM)

Cardiff University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    LLM - Master of Laws

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    09-SEP-21, 08-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Overview

We’ve delivered high quality training for the Bar since 1997, strongly supported by the local employed Bar, the independent Bar and the Judiciary. Our LLM Bar Training Course offers intensive, postgraduate-level studies to those who wish to qualify as a barrister but who also wish to undertake research at Master’s level. This course is taken after undergraduate study and before the period of work-based learning, known as pupillage. This programme enables you to acquire the skills, knowledge of procedure and evidence for you to meet the Bar Standards Board (BSB) criteria, as set out in their Professional Statement for Barristers. Our programme aims to foster a professional and ethical approach to practice as a barrister, whilst giving you an informed view of a barrister’s working life and the opportunity to reflect on the challenges facing the legal profession in today’s world. The teaching is timetabled between Monday and Thursday (i.e. no more than four days), to provide time for personal study. Advocacy and conferencing will be taught intensively in two-hour sessions to no more than six students. You will also be able to undertake a specialist advocacy option. You’ll be provided with guidance that will identify the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) Stage 1 knowledge for criminal litigation and dispute resolution covered during the teaching of the BTC and given additional guidance on that content where it has not been dealt with during the delivery of the programme. You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake the BSB centrally set assessments in December, April and August during the academic year you are enrolled as a student. On successful completion, you will be eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales (subject to meeting the qualifying session requirement of your Inn of Court).

Course structure

The LLM Bar Training Course is a one-year course studied over two semesters. All modules within this programme are compulsory and comprise knowledge areas, core skills, an option and a research module. An attendance record is kept and 100% attendance at teaching sessions is expected. You will complete compulsory modules (that cover practice areas and course skills) and one elective. On successful completion of the taught stage of the programme, you will submit an 8000-word Research Project or Reflective Portfolio. The Research Project is available to all students on the LLM Bar Training Course, but only students with significant pro bono or legal work experience will be able to pursue the Reflective Portfolio.

Learning and assessment

You will be taught through a mixture of large and small group sessions. Large groups take the form of lectures to all students. A significant number of large group sessions are pre-recorded and accessed online.

Application deadline

31 July 2021

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    25th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University has a welcoming and vibrant international community, with over 8,600 students coming from more than 130 countries.
Cardiff is a truly global institution, with more than 200 partnerships and formal research links worldwide giving its students access to unique opportunities.
In addition to a wide range of support services, your studies will be guided by a personal tutor able to give you both academic and professional advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    25th out of 104 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    148 66%

    28th

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%

    16th

    31
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.70 74%

    92nd

    34

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