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Testing Positive: BVC aptitude test is a necessary obstacle

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  • This is by far one of the best blogs I've read on Lawyer 2B - keep up the good work whoever you are....

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  • Seconded,brilliant. Love the honesty, a great read.

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  • I have to agree. Very useful ... thanks!

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  • Another great blog! I agree that an entrance exam for the BVC is a good idea. There are far too many thick people out there who think they can break into the bar when there simply isn't enough room for them.

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  • It's fast approaching applications/ interviews time for pupillage and such. Frank and useful advice like that offered in the 'Face off' article is hard to come by - and I've scoured many a legal website!

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  • i do not think that an entrance exam for the BVC is necessary at all! Unlike subject area's such a business, that anyone can get on to; law courses at university are being increasingly difficult to metriculate. Once reading law at university its survival of the fittest, many of the weak dropping out in the first two years.
    Hence by the time one graduates and is applying for the Bar, arguably only the finest are left. So why the need to further prove oneself?

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  • Simply because surviving University does not necessarily mean that one is suited to a career at the Bar. The essential communicative skills are not taught on a law degree; and someone with a 2:2 from luton University could get on the Bar. Their skills are clearly sub standard for the profession - and in my opinion that are hardly the finest left.

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  • So how exactly will this test actually determine one's suitability for the Bar?
    I had a look at a leading set in London today and all of the new tenants were almost without fail Oxbidge Firsts, GDL with Distinction and similar BVC results - I doubt that is going to change.
    Seems the aptitude test would be just one more hurdle.

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  • Where can you find BPTC Apitude Test Samples/ past test, for example, downloadable from the internet?

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