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Bar Vocational Studies ( Specialism) PGDip

City, University of London

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Northampton Square

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Who is it for?

First and foremost the Bar Vocational Studies programmes are designed to qualify students to practice at the Bar of England & Wales. They attract students from around the world and from all parts of the UK. In particular, the course is designed for students who want to develop their skills as advocates, and those who want to research and apply the law to help clients in presenting legal cases in court.

The Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time) programme will particularly appeal to those students who relish the opportunity to build skills and acquire knowledge through interaction with professionals and peers, and prefer to follow the usual academic timeline, which fits with pupillage recruitment and allows extended work placements during the summer break.

This is the best option for you, if a regular class structure motivates your study, helps you achieve your goals, and if you benefit from face-to-face learning. You will also receive support in small study groups.

From recent graduates to doctors and front bench opposition MPs, the programmes cater both for those who have always been dedicated to a professional legal career as well as people seeking a career change, and those who are able to make use of the training together with a professional legal qualification in business, management or administration.


This course is the best option if you want the security of an experienced educational provider that understands what is needed to pass the Bar qualifications and will transform their skills from class room to court room.

The Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time) Programme is a rigorous course designed to reflect the modern working Bar. We aim to replicate life in chambers, so you learn how to represent a range of clients and to prepare for the demands of a career at the Bar.

Whilst the programme is designed to qualify you to practice at the Bar of England and Wales, it also enables students from jurisdictions outside the UK to acquire the skills required for pupillage at the Bar of England and Wales, thereby assisting them to undertake further training or practice in their home jurisdiction.

The Different routes are:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Career prospects:

Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (with specialism)

Study of a specialist area of practice will demonstrate that you have developed your understanding of particular aspects of the work of a barrister, and gained insights into specialist practice. This should provide a useful addition to your CV.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Bar Vocational Studies (Vocational Component)

The primary purpose of the Vocational Component is to enable you to progress to pupillage and thereafter to a career as a Barrister. Competition for pupillages is intense.

Other possible careers might include:

  • Employed lawyers
  • Government Legal Service
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Local Government lawyers
  • Regulators
  • Transfer to the Solicitors' profession
  • Academic lawyers
  • Legal publishing
  • Finance industry and banking
  • Commerce and business

Tuition fees

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University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    75th out of 103 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 231
    143 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.65 73%



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