Average price of bar course rises by more than £1,000 in two years

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  • And this is after £50 application fee to apply for the BPTC in the first place, plus the £150 for the BCAT, plus £100 for Inn membership. Not to mention the costs of constant travel to London for interviews and mini-pupillages. It is a disgrace.

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  • Anon raises an important point that many fail to recognise as a huge and significant barrier for the financially challenged: the cost of travel and accom for interviews and mini pupillages. With the solicitor branch, paid vac schemes... At the bar - no such financial help (in general - some top sets do offer recompense for expenses on application, Blackstone Chambers for example - but few and far between). Getting through to the final round at one set (getting to London from Sheffield for 2 interviews and a 3 day mini pupillage) set me back over £500...

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  • For years the BSB has ineptly failed to stop these providers charging exorbitant figures.

    Now I see they've decided to JOIN IN the price gouging of young people. Great, just great, that is *exactly* what we need.

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  • As a current BPTC student at the University of Law in London I fail again to see where all this money goes in terms of teaching. Yes we get some nice shiny copies of bblackstones and the white book, but there is nothing that ultimately warrants the amount of money they are asking now. If only I knew this last July. It is dispicable.

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  • How could you not know this before last July? Did you not research? Speak to friends who may have completed the course? It has always been this way. The only thing that is dispicable is your lack of knowledge.

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  • So what are we going to do about this? The people do have the power.

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  • It seems most barristers have no respect for the BPTC. In fact, one barrister told me that you have to unlearn everything you learnt on the BPTC when you go into practice.

    The quality of teaching can be dreadful at times too. At BPP, we have some incredibly inept lecturers - those who can't do, teach seems to be the case at bar school.

    I can see why the bar schools would want to keep things the way that they are - they are making a killing out of it. Lecturers would also be unemployed if it wasn't for the BPTC.

    Any reform of the system should not take into consideration the views of bar schools and lecturers, they have a huge vested interest. Consultation should be between BSB, barristers, Inns and students.

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