Commercial and chancery Bar: Re-setting the bar
"It's quite fashionable at the Bar to say: 'The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) - no-one cares about that. It's rubbish, isn't it? We don't care what grade you get.' It is certainly not held with much respect, or anything like the same importance that academic degrees have. "Ours is one of the highest pass rates in the world for a Bar course. In a lot of places, only 30% of people pass." This damning indictment from Adam Kramer, pupillage secretary at 3 Verulam Buildings and author of Bewigged and Bewildered: A Guide to Becoming a Barrister in England and Wales, echoes the sentiments of many practitioners about the new BPTC.
The BPTC and its predecessor the BVC have come in for heavy criticism. Dominic Carman asks how entrance standards at the Bar are changing
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