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Bar Course Aptitude Test launched amid student outrage
To qualify as a solicitor or barrister in Northern Ireland, you need to be admitted to the Institute of Legal Practice. The fee for admission, which includes a test, costs £200 for early applications, or £255 for later applications. There has been an admissions test fee in Northern Ireland for a long time (not sure how long, but definitely over ten years). Don't get me wrong, the system in Northern Ireland is far from perfect, but what it does do is avoid the horrendous oversupply of people who have forked out thousands upon thousands of pounds for LPC/BPTC equivalent courses without any realistic prospect of actually getting a job. What the BSB is doing is not without precedent, albeit I'll admit it may not be the best system.
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