LSB approves introduction of Bar Course Aptitude Test

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  • When does it start then? The 2013 intake?

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  • There are far too many people trying to enter both main branches of the legal profession.

    Anything that can weed out weak candidates at an early stage, and prevent them from spending tens of thousands of pounds studying for a profession they will never join, should be welcomed.

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  • Such an unfair, selfish and self-centred comment from an individual who thinks that candidates aspiring to join the profession can simply be 'weed out' to preserve the status quo.

    Is this the way you will inspire/encourage your children (if you have any) to strive to excel?

    Absolute let down.

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  • I agree that to "weed out" is a strong expression - but here we are talking about academic tests. I don't see how this is in favour of preserving the status quo?

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  • Perhaps, rather than aptitude tests wannabe barristers should take a series of rigorous personality tests, such as spending an hour working as part of a team without storming off and insisting they know best, or perhaps understanding they don't need to be pompous tw*ts all the time? Or perhaps even being trained to treat clerks and chambers directors as fellow human beings, and maybe even their clients too? Who knows, the Bar might even become a more bearable place if we can 'weed out' some of the awful silver spoon loonies before they get to pupillage.

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  • Of course you need to weed out the ones who simply don't have what it takes. This "diversity" rubbish is just positive discrimination - a completely arbitrary and illogical concept. The logic behind diversity targets etc is "we want more ethnic minorities so we don't look like a bunch of racists". It's still discrimination!

    Far too many people purchase the BPTC and LPC, driving prices up for the ones who actually have what it takes - and in some cases driving them out of a profession that they would love and in which they would do well.

    Academic tests that reflect the rigour of the BPTC and life at the Bar would stop those who think "I'll give it a go, sounds pretty good to be able to say I'm an aspiring barrister, and daddy will pay the fees so it doesn't matter if I change my mind".

    Of course, if people fail the entry test, they can look at what they need to improve, improve it, and come back and do it again.

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  • The bar is not for everyone, most law schools insist on students taking the LSAT, this is no different.

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  • I see this as a positive and will go some way to levelling the playing field. Not sure why some posters are still complaining about diversity etc, when this should help on that front – if you are bright enough, no matter what you colour, creed or religion, you stand as good a chance as the next man. Isn’t it just like the good old days of the 11+ and the rise of social mobility. Of course, there will be no pleasing some folk, but this is certainly a step in the right direction. Only the most committed need apply.

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  • RT, I'm sorry you didn't get pupillage anywhere but on reflection that was probably a good thing. Perhaps if you'd been weeded out at an earlier stage your hopeless application wouldn't have been the unwelcome distraction it no doubt was.

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  • So those taking the GDL path will have a maximum of a couple of months exposure to the law prior to taking the exam while those on full undergraduate degrees will have approximately two and a half years to prepare. Have I missed something, or this fundamentally unfair?

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