- Bar Vocational Course
The Bar Vocational Course (usually termed the BVC) is a graduate course that is completed by those wishing to be
called to the Bar, i.e. to practise as a barristerin Englandand Wales. The ten institutes that run the BVC along with the four Inns of Courtare often collectively referred to as 'Bar School'.
vocationalstage is the second of the three stages of legal education, the first being the academicstage and the third being the practical stage, i.e. pupillage. No person can practise as a barrister unless he has successfully completed this course. [citebook|title=Bewigged and Bewildered: Pupillage and a Career at the Bar |author= Adam Kramer|year=2007|publisher=Hart Publishing|id=ISBN 1841136514]
Although the minimum entry requirements for the BVC is a qualifying
law degreewith no less than lower second class (2:2) honours, or a degree in another subject with no less than 2:2 honours in addition to a pass in the in the Common Professional Examination(CPE), applicants for the BVC should demonstrate a strong academic profile (preferably upper Second Class Honours degree and above from a leading university and excellent extracurricular activities). Additionally, a suitable candidate should provide strong evidence of a commitment to the English Bar.
In 2006: [ [http://www.barcouncil.org.uk/trainingandeducation/careers/statistics/ Statistics ] ]
*3,227 students applied for the BVC,
*1,932 got a place,
*1,425 passed the BVC,
*598 got pupillage,
*544 got tenancy.
As a result of the apparent over-supply of barristers, the Bar Standards Board recently considered four controversial proposals:
* Capping the number of BVC places
* Deferring call till the completion of pupillage
* Raising the minimum entry standards to a 2:1 degree (implemented into some BVC offering institutions)
* Mandating a minimum IELTS score of 7.5/9 for foreign students (implemented into some BVC offering institutions)
As of 2008, only two of these proposals have been able to find enough support to be implemented.
The course bridges the gap between academic study and the practical work of a barrister by teaching subjects with which a practising barrister will need to be familiar with. Core modules include:
* Criminal Advocacy
* Civil Advocacy
* Opinion Writing
* Client Conferencing
* Criminal Litigation and Sentencing
* Civil Litigation and Evidence
* Legal Research
* Case Preparation and Analysis
* Professional Conduct and Ethics
* Two optional modules (these vary from institute to institute)
Students successfully completing the course may be awarded the overall grade of “Outstanding”, “Very Competent” or “Competent”.
* To gain the award of “Outstanding” a candidate must have passed all assessments at the first attempt and must achieve either an overall mark of 85% or above, or six or more grades in the outstanding category.
* To gain the award of “Very Competent” a candidate must have failed no more than one assessment at the first attempt and must achieve either an overall mark 70% or eight or more grades in the very competent or outstanding categories.
* To gain the award of “Competent” a candidate must pass each assessment subject to the rules governing the opportunity to re-sit.
Law Society of England and Wales
List of areas of law
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bar Finals — Please see:* Bar examination#England and Wales * Bar Vocational Course * Barrister#Qualifying as a barrister … Wikipedia
Bar Professional Training Course — Der Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), bis 2010 Bar Vocational Course (BVC) genannt, ist ein praxisbezogenes postgraduales Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in England und Wales. Der BVC dient dem Übergang von rein theoretischer… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bar examination — For the broader meaning of bar in legal contexts, see Bar (law). A bar examination is an examination conducted at regular intervals to determine whether a candidate is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction. Contents 1 Brazil 2 China,… … Wikipedia
Legal Practice Course — The Legal Practice Course (LPC) is the vocational stage for becoming a solicitor in England and Wales. The course is the successor to Law Society Finals and is more vocational in its syllabus. The LPC can be taken in many different formats… … Wikipedia
Admission to the bar — This article is about requirements for admission to practice law not just terminology. Most countries listed have additional requirements. Admission to the bar is the term commonly used in the United States and Canada to indicate that a person is … Wikipedia
Legal Practice Course — Der Legal Practice Course (LPC) ist ein praxisbezogenes postgraduales Studium der Rechtswissenschaften in England und Wales. Der LPC dient dem Übergang von rein theoretischer Juristenausbildung an der Universität mit Abschluss als Bachelor der… … Deutsch Wikipedia
Chicago Vocational Career Academy — Infobox School name = Chicago Vocational Career Academy native name = latin name = imagesize = caption = location = streetaddress = 2100 E. 87th Street region = city = Chicago state = Illinois province = county = postcode = postalcode = zipcode … Wikipedia
Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute — Infobox Education in Canada name= Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute imagesize= 300px motto= motto translation= streetaddress= 235 Frontenac Street city= Kingston province= Ontario postalcode= K7L 3S7 areacode= phone= fax= email= url=… … Wikipedia
Law school — College of Law redirects here. For the UK charity providing legal education, see The College of Law. School of law redirects here. For the ancient Chinese political philosphy, see Legalism (Chinese philosophy). A law school (also known as a… … Wikipedia
The College of Law — Motto Leges Juraque Cognoscamus ( May we learn the laws and ordinances ) Perfect for practice (corporate tagline) Established 1962 School type Charitable … Wikipedia