A new hurdle for prospective barristers in the UK
The Bar Standards Board is poised to add a new hurdle for prospective barristers with the introduction of a compulsory aptitude test for the Bar Professional Training Course, starting this September.
The new test is intended to address the problem of over-recruitment in the Bar Professional Training Course, weeding out the weakest students, who have little chance of making further progress as barristers before they pay the £16,450 in course fees. Passing the test, however, gives no assurance of a career in the field; in fact 78 per cent of graduates of the BPTC are not expected to practice as barristers.
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