INNS OF COURT TO DELIVER THE BAR COURSE AT 30% REDUCTION IN PRICE (BUT ONLY IN LONDON…)
Ever since I found out that prospective pupils are told by some chambers to read this blog in advance of pupillage interviews I have felt a duty to look after these involuntary readers when I can. I have been sent a press release with an interesting development in legal training and I set it out below.
GOOD NEWS FOR LONDONERS (OR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD TO LIVE IN, OR TRAVEL TO, LONDON)
This course will be priced at 30% less than comparable courses in London. It will be run on a not for profit basis. This is good news. However, for the majority of the population who live outside the M25, this will make little difference. The reduction in price of the course will not compensate for the increased costs of living in or travelling to London. The prices examined by Legal Cheek for 2017/2018 here.
*2019/20 London BPTC fees (including the BSB fee) are: University of Law £18,735, City University £18,500, BPP University £19,070. The average of these fees is £18,768. 30% off this figure is £13,137.
GUIDE TO FUNDING
The major purpose of this post was to provide useful links on how to obtain bursaries, scholarships and loans to fund the course in any event. The most succinct guide I have found so far goes back to 2012 with Catherine Baski’s “So I want to be a barrister … how do I pay for it?”
I will look into this subject more and put further links up in due course.
One alternative I always mention to law students is that you can qualify as a solicitor first and transfer to the Bar afterwards. This may be a sensible option for many.