Student Special: Heading for the Bar
Derek Bedlow runs through the stages leading up to being called to the Bar and finds the long slog requires both stamina and self-belief
Step one: get your degreeTips: A qualifying law degree will exempt you from the Common Professional Examination (CPE). If you are doing a law degree, especially if it is a combined honours degree, make sure that the course options cover all seven ‘foundations of legal knowledge’ – obligations I (contract) & II (tort), foundations of criminal law, foundations of equity and law of trusts, foundations of the law of European Union, foundations of property law, foundations of public law – otherwise any gaps will have to be made up the following year before you can apply for the Bar Vocational Course (BVC). Likewise, if you do not start the BVC within seven years of graduation, then you will have to take the CPE.The minimum degree grade to enter the Bar is a 2:2. However, many chambers insist on a 2:1 or even a first as a minimum requirement.
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