What Is BTT?
The Bar Transfer Test is the test for solicitors and lawyers from overseas jurisdictions transferring to the Bar of England and Wales. A The Bar Transfer Test is delivered by BPP Law School, and full support is provided by London College of Legal Studies (South) to prepare for this extensive course.
The purpose of the Bar Transfer Test (BTT) is to enable candidates who are qualified lawyers to have the opportunity to transfer to the Bar of England and Wales, without having to undertaken the full course of education and training as require in the Academic Stage (Qualifying Law Degree or conversion course) and the Vocational Stage (Bar Professional Training Course, BPTC).
The Bar Standard Board (BSB), an independent regulatory body in United Kingdom, sets training and assessment requirements to ensure that those who are awarded the title of barrister and authorised to practice have demonstrated the necessary professional competence. The Bar Standard Board (BSB) have the power to grant exemption from standard training requirements and give opportunity to foreign qualified lawyers
Why Do BTT?
The opportunity opened up for the qualified law practitioners is overwhelmingly lucrative. A suitable lawyer, with approval from the BSB may become a barrister by taking the Bar Transfer Test (BTT) only. He will be exempted from the requirement to obtain a British LL.B. (Hons) and also from completing the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). The route is incredibly economical and involves only a small amount of time.
About BPP University Law School
BPP University Law School has a wealth of experience in running academic and practical Law programmes. Their reputation for excellence, built on the proven ability to offer students the skills they need to succeed in law, is why many students choose to study with BPP University Law School. It’s not by chance that over 60 of the leading law firms in the UK send their trainees exclusively to BPP University Law School for their legal education.
What LCLS SOUTH Is Offering?
London College of Legal Studies (South) is the only Institution in Bangladesh and In South Asia who has been awarded the status of Affiliate Centre from University of London International Programmes for excellent in teaching and mentoring. LCLS (SOUTH) is also the Recognised Support Centre of BPP University, the only of its kind in Bangladesh.
LCLS SOUTH is offering an exclusive 11 months training program with:
- Excellent BTT Tuition support by a team of qualified barristers;
- Regular lessons with individual lecture sheets;
- Skills based recorded practice sessions;
- Practice sessions from MCQ question bank;
- Mock assessments;
- Feedback classes;
- Student Counselling;
- Application assistance;
- Visa processing guidelines, etc.
We provide the flexibility to balance your studies with your work, family and other commitments. In addition to tutorials and lectures we will be always there to help you with and difficulties or complex issues in more depth.
The Process of BTT
- Qualified Foreign Lawyer with enrollment of advocateship from Bar Council, Bangladesh
- Approval from Qualification Committee of BSB for the exemption from academic and vocational stage
- Joining Lincoln’s Inn or any one of the 4 (four) Inns of Courts
- 11 (eleven) month’s exclusive training by BTT Tuition Programme in LCLS SOUTH
- No formal IELTS requirement
- 1 (one) month’s stay in UK for the Bar Transfer Test (BTT) in BPP and for the dinners in Inns of Courts
- Call to the Bar and you are a Barrister!
BTT Examination Timetable 2016/2017
|Modules||Assessment Pattern||Question Pattern||Duration||Pass Mark|
|1||Civil Procedure Rules and Evidence||MCQ||75 MCQs||3 Hours||60%|
|1||Criminal Procedure Rules and Evidence||MCQ||75 MCQs||3 Hours||60%|
|2||Professional Conduct (Ethics)||SAQ||6 SAQs||2 Hours||60%|
|3||Civil Advocacy||Oral||1 Submission||12 Minutes||60%|
|4||Criminal Advocacy -Â Examination in Chief||Oral||1 Submission||20 Minutes||60%|
|5||Criminal Advocacy – Cross Examination||Oral||1 Submission||20 Minutes||60%|
BTT Examination Fees 2017
|Course Title||Location||Price||Price inc VAT|
|BSB Application Handling||London||£440|
|Inns of Court for Membership||London||£100 – £150|
|BTT Advocacy Training (Lecture)||London||£895.00||£1,074.00|
|BTT Advocacy Training (Tutorials)||London|
|BTT Advocacy Training (Mock Test)||London|
|Optional Section 3 (Civil) Revision||London||£275.00||£330.00|
|Optional Ethics Seminar||London||£275.00||£330.00|
|Optional Section 3 (Criminal) Revision||London||£275.00||£330.00|
|BTT Section 1(a) Assessment||London||£200.00||£240.00|
|BTT Section 1(b) Assessment||London||£200.00||£240.00|
|BTT Section 2(a) Assessment||London||£150.00||£180.00|
|BTT Section 2(b) Assessment||London||£150.00||£180.00|
|BTT Section 3 Assessment||London||£250.00||£300.00|
|BTT Section 4 Assessment||London||£250.00||£300.00|
|BTT Section 5 Assessment||London||£300.00||£360.00|
BTT Level Descriptors
Students successfully completing the Bar Transfer Test must have demonstrated:
|1.||a high level ability to (i) persuade orally and in written argument using cogent legal and factual analysis (ii) develop reasoned argument and (iii) deploy forensic skills with evidence (both written and oral)|
|2.||systematic understanding of relevant knowledge and ethical principles in law and practice; together with a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to practice at the Bar of England and Wales,|
|3.||expertise in the application of legal knowledge in the interests of the client, together with a practical understanding of how established technical skills are used in relation to the interpretation of knowledge in the discipline|
|4.||conceptual understanding that enables the student to collect and analyse relevant information; evaluate current developments and advanced theory in law and practice, and acquire in-depth knowledge of written material, law reports, journals and articles in applicable areas of study|
|5.||knowledge and understanding of the ethical values (including duty to the client and to the court), and the skills and underpinning knowledge necessary to assess and manage cases without supervision|
|6.||the ability to utilise and develop their knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning their professional practice|
|7.||the ability and competence to undertake case analysis, research, conferences, opinion writing, drafting, negotiation and advocacy with/without supervision|
There are generic grading descriptors for ‘exit standards’ for each individual assessment. These should be used in conjunction with the above descriptors:
|Competent (pass)||Work is satisfactory and accurate with few errors or omissions, and is of a standard that it demonstrates an ability to perform the sort of tasks appropriate to pupillage, to a standard of competence such that a client could reasonably expect to rely in it. Has attained the specified outcomes of the course (in terms of knowledge of fundamental concepts and performance of skills). Demonstrates sufficient quality to be considered satisfactory and competent in terms of fitness to progress to the pupillage stage of training. Able, with the additional training and supervision in pupillage, to represent lay clients/members of the public.|
|Not Competent (fail)||Does not satisfy the threshold requirements of the course. Work is inarticulate and of poor standard, faulty and badly expressed. The candidate is not capable of producing work on which a prospective client could rely.|