The academic stage is the first part of training for the Bar and
consists of a Qualifying Law Degree or a degree in another subject
supplemented by an approved Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL)
The academic stage is designed to ensure that the student has a
basic body of legal knowledge, which may be assumed and built upon
at the vocational stage (the Bar Professional Training Course or
BPTC). Students should, however, note that neither entry to a
law degree or the GDL, nor successful completion, is a guarantee of
progress onto the BPTC.
The standard requirement for completion of the academic stage is a
UK honours degree (minimum lower second class honours) or its
equivalent. This applies to both law and non-law degrees.
Under the Bar Training Regulations, Professional Qualifications are
not accepted in lieu of this requirement.
In addition to this minimum requirement, students must study the
Foundations of Legal Knowledge, which form the academic stage of
legal education and which are compulsory for professional exemption
purposes where students are seeking to enter the vocational stage
of legal education and training.
The Foundation subjects are:
- Public Law (including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law
and Human Rights)
- Law of the European Union
- Criminal Law
- Obligations (including Contract, Restitution and Tort)
- Property Law, and
- Equity and the Law of Trusts
In addition, students will also be expected to have appropriate
expertise in legal research skills, The English legal system
and another area of legal study.
If you would like a copy of the CPE/GDL Handbook or a list of
CPE/GDL courses, please visit The Central Applications Board
website at www.lawcabs.ac.uk.