BPTC pilot test to be made compulsory

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  • It is ridiculous to allow students to fund themselves through the BPTC without a proper grasp on the English language - it would be giving them false hope of success in the profession. However, I think introducing an aptitude test is going too far. It is difficult enough to succeed as a barrister, with many hoops to jump through, without adding yet another.

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  • Its always those who are worried about jumping throigh the hoops that see the downfalls. In reality - it will streamline and reduce the hoops at a later stage. Stop whining and get on with it

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  • Anon@3.46pm rightly points out that the use of English is very important. However, they don't seem to be very good at it. Is it not 'a proper grasp of', rather than 'a proper grasp on'?
    Ah.....glass houses....

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  • Holding a Qualifying Law Degree should demonstrate sufficient skills in the use of the English language. If it does not, then the Joint Academic Stage Board, which is responsible for ensuring the QLD 'delivers', needs to get a grip on the problem swiftly. A separate test for those with a QLD should be unnecessary.

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  • @Sue Nelson -- perhaps that *should* be the case. But my experience of the BVC is that it is not. And there is a negative impact on the other students as oral skills are practiced (and sometimes assessed!) with other students. It's very hard to negotiate with or cross examine someone when their English is so poor that they:

    1) Missed key points in the briefing documents and/or
    2) Have oral English that is incomprehensible

    I fully support English language testing as a pre-requisite of the BVC. It's far too easy to get on the course at many providers (if you have the cash, they will take you) and the weaker students bring the whole class down.

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