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Bar Course Aptitude Test launched amid student outrage
As a final year student I could never have afforded to pay the £150 requested by the BSB in order to sit this aptitude test. I had to ask my parents for the £350 that the BSB required for me to apply for the BSB, which was a struggle in itself. I am currently a BPTC student at the College of Law. The standard of students there is quite high to be honest, most students are capable of a Very Competent, and only a few gain a Competent and an Outstanding. I think that law students do not get the credit that they deserve, and actually being a barrister is not that difficult.
The fact is that being a barrister is a lucrative career, and anyone who wants to be a barrister has the right to go for it. There was a student on my law course who gained a First in his degree and then a First (equivalent) in his masters. This student was previously told that he was not allowed to do GCSEs because his year 9 SATs results were not very good.
Human intelligence can never be limited to a verbal reasoning tests designed by other humans, who are not even the most intelligent humans at that.
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