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City, University of London

London , England ,United Kingdom

Bar Vocational Studies (Full-time) Postgrad Diploma

We have combined our extensive expertise in teaching, research and course design with our real-world knowledge of legal practice today to bring you courses that are modern and innovative in their use of technology and teaching methods. Our suite of Bar courses also allows you to tailor a course to your interests and needs through our wide range of elective modules in specialist practice areas and our Clinical Legal Education and Dissertation modules.

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.

We have an impressive record of students gaining pupillage and they are strongly supported by our award-winning Pupillage Advice Service (PAS) which has close links to the Bar.

You will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of pro bono opportunities and this can include choosing a pro-bono module as part of your studies.

The know-how and experience of our staff, as practitioners and educators, ensures that our students get a high-quality education, supported by regular contact with personal tutors.

From September 2020, you will be based in the new, purpose-built home of The City Law School, with modern and outstanding facilities, including an extensive, specialist law library. Your classes will be taught in rooms specifically designed to accommodate Bar training, and you will have access to a new modern Moot Courtroom, with video link technology.

Whilst the programme is designed to allow you to complete the vocational stage of training for 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.

This is a full-time course which runs for one academic year, but you have a choice of three different routes:

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


  • Sep

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Post Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 16500 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 12006 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A
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