Funding for BPTC

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  • Quite a few of my friends and classmates from law school wish to join the bar but like you could not afford the BPTC fees. The majority now have paralegal positions at large firms. Perhaps consider that?

    If you are in 'bad' debt from your undergraduate studies as well as your GDL (as you have mentioned undergrad debts I take it you did not get Student Finance funding you) then work is the best way ahead.

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  • Do not do the BPTC unless you have a pupillage lined up.

    You think getting a training contract is hard? Try finding a pupillage!

    They have closed the old loophole whereby BVC graduates could do 2 years paralegalling, sit a few exams and then qualify as a solicitor.

    As a result of this, the BPTC is of no value whatsoever unless you secure a pupillage.

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  • Just to add on to my previous post - the people I referenced in paralegal positions are not trying to do what Anonymous 18-Sep-2012 2:41pm is referring to but are just gaining legal experience whilst earning money.

    Also I remembered hearing about scholarships provided by the Inns of Court; perhaps check with yours to see how and when you can apply?

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  • The Inns of Court have scholarships, but they don't normally cover the full costs of the course, let alone living expenses. You can only apply to 1 inn. The deadline is normally around November in the year before you commence the BPTC.

    Funding options are few and the Bank of mum and dad seems to be the most popular.

    It's all very well to say "don't start the course until you have pupillage lined up", but many sets have interviews slanted towards those who have completed the BPTC (how else would you know how to do a plea in mitigation?) and some seem to implicitly prefer those who have made the commitment in advance.

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