BVC Introduction

Here is some basic information about the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) that will either help those considering whether the BVC is for them or provide insight for those who have secured a BVC placement.

What is the BVC?
The BVC or Bar Vocational Course is the academic stage of training to become a barrister and can be studied full time for 1 year or part-time for 2 years.

The BVC is currently only provided by 8 institutions in England and Wales and costs currently range between £8,500 and £12,995.

What is taught on the BVC?
The BVC provides a more practical approach to the law compared to standard law degrees.

Core subjects include: Civil & Criminal Litigation and Rules of Evidence. You will also be taught other subjects such as: Advocacy, Opinion Writing, Drafting and Legal Research. You will also have to select two electives. E.g. Advanced Criminal or Civil Litigation, Family Law, Company Law etc...

How to apply
Applications are made electronically at, simply follow the procedure set out on the website.
A £40 fee will need to be paid before submitting your application form.

Entry requirements
You must have or expect to have at least a 2:2 Qualifying Law Degree or degree in any another subject coupled with a Law Conversion Course (GDL).

You MUST also join an Inn of Court:
Lincoln’s Inn
Gary’s Inn
Middle Temple
Inner Temple

Is the BVC for Me?
You must bear in mind that the course is extremely demanding and costly BUT if you are determined that a career at the bar is for you then these hurdles are merely stepping stones.

Some Useful Tips
Gain at least a 2:1 degree
Do as many mini-pupillages as you can in an area of law that interests you
Go to court regularly and become familiar with talking to barristers.
Do marshalling (your Inn will be able to help with this)
Do mooting
Do debating

Useful Websites
BVC Applications =
Pupillage Applications =
General Information =
Bar Council Website =

The Inns of Court