The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has postponed planned exams for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The exams were due to take place in April, but in a statement, the BSB said: “In light of yesterday’s government statement about the latest measures to combat the spread of Covid-19 we have taken the decision that the April sit of the centralised BPTC and BTT examinations – ie the three subject areas of Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Ethics that are currently set and marked by the BSB – will not go ahead as planned.
“This is consistent with the advice about travel and social distancing. The next scheduled opportunity to take the centralised exams will be August 2020 but we will need to keep this under review as the situation develops.”
Yesterday, a number of law schools cancelled face-to-face teaching in the wake of the pandemic.