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This part-time course provides you with flexibility to combine your studies with other commitments. Like the full-time course it combines an internationally recognised Masters qualification (LLM) with the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which is mandatory for those who wish to become a barrister in England and Wales.

Compared to our part-time stand-alone BPTC, you will also complete a Masters project that will develop your research expertise, expand your legal knowledge and demonstrate a high level of critical analysis. In an increasingly competitive market, an LLM will differentiate your qualification and enhance your future employability

Northumbria is the largest law school in the North East region and we do everything we can to give you excellent training for life as a barrister. Teaching at Northumbria takes full account of today’s globally interconnected world and, for each module, you’ll have access to a range of e-learning resources including discussion forums, reading lists and self-evaluative tasks.

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years part-time

Department
Northumbria Law School

Location
Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City
Newcastle

Start
September 2018

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Our teaching and learning strategies reflect the vocational nature of the BPTC and the need to prepare for legal practice.

There is a strong emphasis on small-group experiential learning, with ongoing reflection about what you are doing and how you are doing it. There are also large-group sessions to enhance understanding of key concepts and knowledge.   

Part-time students study alongside their full-time counterparts but spread their modules over two years.

For your LLM Project, you will have a supervisor who will guide you through a research-oriented learning process, which will include taught research sessions. You will produce a dissertation of 15,000-17,000 words that will be an in-depth exploration of a topic linked to your BPTC studies.

Assessments are designed to encourage a deep and critical approach to learning. They include a formal assessment of oral skills in the Conferencing and Advocacy modules. The assessments will allow you to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes required by the Bar Standards Board.  

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The quality of our teaching has been recognised through a variety of awards and nominations. These include Law Teacher of the Year Award, the Attorney General’s Pro Bono Award, and Northern Law Awards.

The academic staff at Northumbria Law School have expertise in a range of areas, with some members recognised as national or international leaders in their field. We host the Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies and our research groups include Gender, Sexuality and Law (GSL) and the Northumbria Information Rights Research Group (IRRIG). We also have close links with the local Bar and judiciary in the North East region.

Northumbria has built up an enviable reputation for innovative LLM courses. The combination of teaching excellence and practical relevance ensures that standards remain consistently high. We’re committed to postgraduate studies that will enhance your professional career.

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Northumbria Law School is located on a purpose-built £70 million development in central Newcastle.

We have a realistic courtroom in which you can develop your advocacy skills and stage mock trials. Our specialist Law Practice Library contains practitioner materials as well as a wide variety of journals and law reports.

As part of a university with a strong international focus, we prepare you for a globally interconnected world. Northumbria’s cultural diversity allows you to meet and interact with fellow students from many different countries. The Law School offers a world of exciting possibilities, wherever you are from.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is an integral part of this course. You receive extensive support through our e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access a wide range of resources. These include online discussion forums, collaborative online learning, self-test materials and assessment tasks. We use Panopto software to record teaching, feedback and practical exercises in Conferencing and Advocacy. This is a valuable aid in the process of reflection, critical thinking and improvement. 

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Our teaching integrates research-rich learning through enquiry-based tasks, case analysis and engagement with legal research.

The pervasive research culture of Northumbria Law School will facilitate your development of excellent research skills and a strong conceptual understanding of specialist areas of law.

The Law School’s research is focused on three areas: Law and Society, Legal Education and Professional Skills, and the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies. Your tutors will discuss their own and wider research as it relates to the BPTC and your LLM Project, enhancing your learning experience and encouraging critical thinking.

The LLM Project is a major opportunity to plan, develop, manage and appraise an original piece of research. Your self-directed enquiry will consolidate and apply expert knowledge in a professional environment. 

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As one of the largest law schools in the UK we are able to offer excellent opportunities to gain work experience.

Our award-winning Student Law Office (SLO) allows you to represent live clients, and a limited number of BPTC students are able to take an SLO module, credited as two options. A further single pro bono option, the Personal Support Unit, aims to provide first-hand experience of supporting litigants in person in the court process.

We are also able to offer a wide range of other option modules that cover different areas of practice such as criminal, chancery, employment, family, personal injury, professional negligence and commercial practice. 

To help you gain a pupillage, you will be allocated a member of the BPTC team who will offer advice and feedback on applications and provide mock pupillage interviews so you can hone your interview skills.

The LLM Project will further enhance your prospects as it will enable you to become a specialist in a relevant topic, integrating your existing legal knowledge with fresh research insights. 

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Once you have successfully completed the BPTC you will have the skills needed to start a pupillage.

This will be the next and final stage of your training to become a barrister. At Northumbria, we aim to ensure that you are prepared in every way for pupillage and life as a barrister.

The Bar is recognised to be a demanding profession and there is extremely intense competition for pupillages. At the same time, it offers the potential of very worthwhile careers with significant rewards both in terms of job satisfaction and financial remuneration.

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Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This part-time course is for people who both want to gain an LLM and undertake the BPTC, which is a mandatory element within the training of aspiring barristers

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A Qualifying Law Degree, have passed the Graduate Diploma in Law, or have satisfied the Bar Standards Board requirements to embark on the vocational stage of training. Applicants must also have joined an Inn (usually by no later than 30th March in the year in which they intend to join the BPTC) and must also pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) which is administered by the Bar Standards Board.

All applicants are required to join one of the four Inns of Court before they commence the BPTC, and applicants must pass the Bar Course Aptitude Test (BCAT) introduced by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) in 2012. The test is compulsory and applicants must achieve a minimum standard as specified by the BSB. For more information please visit www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

International qualifications
 
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry
 
English Language requirements
 
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 7.5 with 7.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
 
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £14,500

Full EU Fee: £14,500

Full International Fee: £14,500

ADDITIONAL COSTS

Law Registration fees are in addition, in 2017 this cost was £550.

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Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

LW7057 -

LLM Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module is an opportunity for you to devise, develop and complete a substantial piece of independent research at Master’s level, in dissertation form, on a legal topic of your choice linked to your study on the BPTC.

You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor, using the knowledge and understanding you have gained on your Qualifying Law Degree and on the LLM in Bar Professional Training programme.

The LLM Project module focuses on the development of skills in three key areas: problem identification and analysis, research and information gathering and the written presentation of results. You will develop your ability to undertake legal research, addressing complex and current issues in your subject area. You will also engage critically with research material and analyse current skills and practice. The LLM Project module will also develop your skill in effectively formulating, communicating and presenting written argument to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

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Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing (NC, 12 Credits)

This module is a core module delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. Building on foundation knowledge from criminal law courses on your Qualifying Law Degree or GDL, this area will familiarise you with current procedures relating to the following topics:

Civil Evidence

- Evidence of fact
- Expert Evidence
- Civil Trial and Evidence

Criminal Evidence
- Preliminary evidential matters
- Burden and Standard of proof
- Preliminary issues relating to witnesses
- Rules relating to the examination of witnesses
- Hearsay evidence
- Character evidence
- Confessions and unlawfully obtained evidence
- Inferences from silence
- Identification evidence
- Opinion evidence and experts
- Privilege

On completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of criminal process as a whole, knowledge of how cases progress through the system and an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main procedural and evidential rules relevant to criminal matters.

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Evidence (NC, 0 Credits)

This is a core module for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. Building on criminal law courses of the Qualifying Law Degree, this module will provide you with a sound understanding of current procedures relating to the following topics:
- police investigative powers
- pre-trial issues
- the roles of the Magistrates’, Crown and appellate Courts
- youth courts
- summary trials
- jury trials
- evidential rules relating to criminal cases
- sentencing powers of the various courts
- appeal procedures
On successful completion, you will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of criminal process as a whole, how cases progress through the system and a knowledge and understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to criminal matters.

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Opinion Writing (NC, 12 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which is delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of programmes at Northumbria University. It is intended to reflect the practising barrister’s workload that requires the provision of written advice for professional clients.

The module aims to facilitate your understanding of the techniques and skills required for writing opinions and to demonstrate competencies and abilities to write opinions without supervision. The module is structured to introduce you gradually to increasingly complex factual and legal cases, developing your skills of fact management, critical thinking and analysis. Issues of professional conduct will be dealt with throughout the module.

Successful completion of the module will equip you with the skills that are necessary to write opinions that would be considered acceptable to a pupil supervisor during pupillage.

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Civil Litigation & Evidence (NC, 12 Credits)

This module is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding and ability to apply and evaluate key areas of civil litigation and evidence which are required as a pupil barrister in civil practice. The module will cover the subjects relating to practice, procedure and evidence throughout the course of a civil claim from compliance with pre-action protocols through to appeals and enforcement of civil judgments, with particular emphasis on the most common types of work taken on by the Junior Bar.

On completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of civil procedure as a whole, knowledge of how cases progress through the system and an understanding of, and an ability to apply, the main evidential rules relevant to civil matters.

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Advocacy (Civil) (NC, 10 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and makes up one third of the advocacy subject provision delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of advocacy encountered in practice at the Bar before civil courts and other tribunals.

On completion of the module, you will be able to prepare, present and respond to a case, submission or legal argument effectively, both orally and in writing, before a civil court or other tribunal, either formally or informally. You will deliver advocacy persuasively, fluently and clearly at a sensible pace, adopting an appropriate structure, and abiding by the rules of evidence and professional conduct. You will have self- reflected on your own advocacy skills and those of your peers, evaluating source material and suggesting alternative approaches to practice.

In particular you will have:
• Learnt how to prepare a case effectively, understanding the relevant law, facts and principles, observing the rules of professional conduct and planning the advocacy task in question;
• Demonstrated basic advocacy skills in a range of civil scenarios, in applications and in trials, and before a range of tribunals;
• Prepared and delivered, an unopposed submission and an opposed submission;
• Prepared and demonstrated the ability to examine, cross-examine and re-examine witnesses
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Litigation & Evidence Tutorials (Core, 0 Credits)

This module is a supplementary module delivered on the Bar Professional Training Course. It is designed to build on foundation knowledge and provide exam-style practice for the Litigation & Evidence centralised assessments relating to Civil, Criminal and Evidential procedures.

On completion of this module, you will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the format and content of the Litigation & Evidence assessments, and developed your ability to apply the main procedural and evidential rules relevant to civil and criminal matters.

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LLM Project (Core, 60 Credits)

This module is an opportunity for you to devise, develop and complete a substantial piece of independent research at Master’s level, in dissertation form, on a legal topic of your choice linked to your study on the BPTC.

You will work under the guidance of a project supervisor, using the knowledge and understanding you have gained on your Qualifying Law Degree and on the LLM in Bar Professional Training programme.

The LLM Project module focuses on the development of skills in three key areas: problem identification and analysis, research and information gathering and the written presentation of results. You will develop your ability to undertake legal research, addressing complex and current issues in your subject area. You will also engage critically with research material and analyse current skills and practice. The LLM Project module will also develop your skill in effectively formulating, communicating and presenting written argument to both a specialist and non-specialist audience.

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Professional Ethics (NC, 6 Credits)

In this core module on Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University, you will learn about the professional values which underpin practice at the Bar of England and Wales. It aims to instil and consolidate the essential qualities of ethical behaviour at the Bar by nurturing and developing these existing attributes in students to a high level. Encompassing more than the knowledge and formalities outlined in the Professional Code of Conduct of the Bar of England and Wales ("the Code"), this will furnish far reaching and fundamental knowledge of ethics that underlies practice at the Bar.

The module seeks to:

- inculcate the fundamental concepts of professional and ethical values required of a practising barrister at the Bar of England and Wales
- provide knowledge and understanding of the philosophical issues and purposes underpinning ethical behaviour, including the concept of duty in professional life both to the client and to the rule of law
- provide in depth knowledge and understanding of the requirements of the Code of Conduct and the Bar Council /Bar Standards Board (BSB) Equality Code ("the Equality Code”).

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Drafting [BPTC] (NC, 12 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. The aim of this module is to equip you with the critical knowledge and understanding together with the conceptual and analytical skills necessary to draft a variety of documents including, among others, claim forms and statements of case.

By the end of this module you will:
• Demonstrate a sound understanding of the nature, function and value of statements of case;
• Analyse and set out the facts of a case clearly, identifying the material issues;
• Draft a full range of statements of case and other documents from simple to complex in civil proceedings using precedent appropriately;
• Produce drafts that are precise and unambiguous in compliance with the requirements of practice, and drafted to achieve the objectives agreed with the client.
• Draft documents that are written in clear grammatical English, correctly spelt and appropriately punctuated, in a style that is fluent and concise, and appropriate to the document;
• Produce drafts that are well structured, with proper headings and that contain all the necessary formalities.

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Resolution of Disputes Outside Court (REDOC) (NC, 6 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It will meet the specifications set down by the Bar Standards Board to satisfy the professional stage of training for the Bar of England and Wales.

The module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the various mechanisms for the resolution of disputes outside of courts or tribunals. It covers the various forms of alternative dispute resolution which exist at any time, during the litigation process or prior to appeal. These include mediation, arbitration, early neutral evaluation, expert determination, amongst others.

It focuses on the advisory, representational and advocacy skills required of barristers in such processes, with particular attention to the advantages offered by mediation in comparison to traditional adversarial litigation, and the encouragement of alternative mechanisms of dispute resolution by the judiciary.

It also examines the range of strategies and tactics which can be adopted in these types of alternative dispute resolutions, including negotiation, and does so in the context of developing students’ professional ethics and conduct skills.

Following completion of this module you will be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the range of methods of dispute resolution outside court and the ability to select cases which are particularly suited to this process, and the stage at which this should be undertaken.

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Conferencing (NC, 6 Credits)

Conferencing is one of the core skills required for students on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and is delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. This module will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the objectives of a conference, how it should be structured and the factual, legal, procedural and evidential issues that should be raised. You will understand the importance of communicating effectively with your client and responding appropriately to client concerns through your advice. You will also address the theory underpinning the application of the skills of a conference, reflecting upon your own knowledge and skills, thereby making you sensitive to issues of client care and aware of the importance of professional ethics during the process.

The content of this module involves conducting conferences in both civil and criminal situations although the primary focus of this module deals with conducting conferences in a criminal situation.

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Chancery (Optional, 12 Credits)

Chancery is an optional module delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the broad and complex nature of chancery practice at the level likely to be encountered during pupillage. This is an area of practice covering a wide variety of subjects including equity and trusts, and wills. The module has a particular focus on the existence and emergence of trusts and wills. The diverse content of this module will be of interest to any students entering common law, family or chancery practice.

The Chancery practice option will concentrate upon the skills used in practice and will require students to perform a conference, write an opinion, draft pleadings and engage in an advocacy exercise. The following areas of law will be examined:


• The law and practice involved in the creation of Trusts including Constructive Trusts, Resulting Trusts, Implied Trusts and Express Trusts. Practical and financial issues relevant to the client and the client's objectives when trusts are in existence. Applications to the court to give effect to trusts and obtain remedies in relation to them are also examined.



• Wills. The law and practice involved with testamentary effects will be examined, including:

- the elements necessary to create a valid will;
- the clauses required for an effective will
- the effects on property passing by will, intestacy or outside the estate;
- the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
- grounds for and procedure in relation to challenging the validity of a will.

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Criminal Practice (Optional, 12 Credits)

Criminal Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is designed to reflect the nature of criminal cases encountered during pupillage.

The module involves the study of criminal practice in the context of realistic scenarios that will also develop skills of fact management, case analysis, legal research, oral communication, advocacy, conferencing, opinion writing and drafting. The module involves a number of different cases which raise legal and procedural scenarios of the kind that criminal practitioners regularly encounter. It is designed to ensure that each student appreciates the importance of identifying legal, procedural, tactical and ethical issues when they arise.

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Family Practice (Optional, 12 Credits)

Family Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC). It is designed to reflect the nature of family cases encountered during pupillage.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of family practice, with particular emphasis and dealing with financial consequences on the breakdown of relationships. The legal skills of negotiating, drafting and practical research are developed in a family law context. Students should develop a knowledge and understanding of the substantive law, practice and procedure for ancillary relief applications, in relation to children, occupation orders and non- molestation orders. Occupation and ownership of property, maintenance for children and the position of the unmarried father will also be examined.

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Employment Practice (Optional, 12 Credits)

You will learn about practice and procedure in the Employment Tribunal, a fast moving area of law, focussing on the topics which reflect the nature of employment cases encountered during pupillage. You will learn to draft a claim form, a response form and schedule of loss for claims such as unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, unpaid holiday pay and unauthorised deduction of wages. You will learn about the remedies available for each of the claims. You will learn about appropriate style and rules of evidence and procedure under the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013.

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Student Law Office [BPTC Option] (Optional, 24 Credits)

Student Law Office is a double option delivered during the second and third terms of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of practice within a law office. The Student Law Office (SLO) elective comprises work on real cases under the supervision of practitioner members of staff.

The SLO is an in-house law clinic within the University. Through real and simulated experiences with clients, you will develop range of key lawyering skills, as well as effective workplace skills and enhance your own interpersonal skills.

Your work may cover a range of substantive law areas which may include crime, civil litigation, family, welfare benefits, employment and housing. In addition, you will learn about the practical and procedural factors that can influence the outcome of a case. You will work with your supervisors to develop the ability to reflect on your learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling you not only to learn from your learning but also to fit your individual experiences into a wider context of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

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Commercial Practice (Optional, 12 Credits)

Commercial Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training Courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of commercial cases encountered during pupillage.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues that arise in commercial litigation and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on standard forms of contract, exclusion and limitation clauses and credit and hire agreements. The module also introduces students to insolvency law and procedure and environmental law.

The core skill elements of the BPTC are further developed with a heavy weighting towards the written skills, which reflect the types of work carried out in commercial practice.

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Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation (Optional, 12 Credits)

This is an optional module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training courses at Northumbria University.

On this module you will be introduced to the work of a barrister in a clinical negligence and personal injury practice. You will build on your existing knowledge of tort law and develop your understanding of key principles of clinical negligence and personal injury practice, in the context of realistic scenarios where you will be representing claimants and defendants. This module aims to prepare you adequately for pupillage in this area.

You will develop substantive knowledge and understanding of the different practical legal contexts for the areas of tort law disputes and of the relevant procedural context for resolving disputes (including for pre-action behaviour).

This structured module will introduce you gradually to increasingly complex factual and legal cases, developing your skills, by:

1. Applying that knowledge to the case studies

2. Analysing case materials and evidence, and managing facts

3. Researching the position on liability

4. Researching the quantification of general damages for injuries, and damages for past and future financial loss

5. Formulating a case strategy and tactics

6. Providing effective and professional written or oral advice to the client

7. Drafting statements of case; and

8. Undertaking advocacy in the context of contested issues.

You will also recognise and address issues of professional conduct throughout the module.

You will have ample opportunities for feedback on your skills as practised, to encourage your development, ahead of the module assessment in one of the skills practised in the sessions.

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Personal Support Unit (Optional, 12 Credits)

The Personal Support Unit is an optional module delivered during the second and third terms of the Bar Professional Practice Course (“BPTC”) and across the portfolio of full-time Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of practice within the legal system. The Personal Support Unit (PSU) elective comprises work on real cases at Newcastle Combined Court under the supervision of Personal Support Unit staff and simulated and reflective work within the University under the supervision of academic staff.

The Personal Support Unit is a charitable organisation established to assist litigants in person. Through real and simulated experiences with clients, you will develop range of key lawyering skills, as well as effective workplace skills and enhance your own interpersonal skills.

Your work may cover a range of substantive law areas within the context of civil litigation and family matters. In addition, you will learn about the practical and procedural factors that can influence the outcome of a case. You will work with your supervisors to develop the ability to reflect on your learning. This reflection is at the heart of the clinical experience, enabling you not only to learn from your learning but also to fit your individual experiences into a wider context of personal and professional ethics, and the social and economic contexts of law.

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Advocacy (Witness Handling - Examination in Chief) (NC, 10 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of advocacy in relation to witness handling encountered in practice at the Bar before civil, criminal courts and other tribunals.

On completion of the module, you will be able to prepare, present and respond to a case, , both orally and in writing, before a criminal or civil court or other tribunal, either formally or informally. You will deliver advocacy persuasively, fluently and clearly at a sensible pace, adopting an appropriate structure, and abiding by the rules of evidence and professional conduct. You will have self- reflected on your own advocacy skills and those of your peers, evaluating source material and suggesting alternative approaches to practice.

In particular you will have:
• Learnt how to prepare a case effectively, understanding the relevant law, facts and principles, observing the rules of professional conduct and planning the advocacy task in question;
• Demonstrated basic advocacy skills in a range of criminal and civil trials, and before a range of tribunals;
• Prepared and delivered an opening speech and a closing speech,
• Prepared and demonstrated the ability to examine, cross-examine and re-examine witnesses.

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Advocacy (Witness Handling - Cross Examination) (NC, 10 Credits)

This is a core module on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and delivered across the Bar Professional Training portfolio of courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of advocacy in relation to witness handling encountered in practice at the Bar before civil, criminal courts and other tribunals.

On completion of the module, you will be able to prepare, present and respond to a case, , both orally and in writing, before a criminal or civil court or other tribunal, either formally or informally. You will deliver advocacy persuasively, fluently and clearly at a sensible pace, adopting an appropriate structure, and abiding by the rules of evidence and professional conduct. You will have self- reflected on your own advocacy skills and those of your peers, evaluating source material and suggesting alternative approaches to practice.

In particular you will have:
• Learnt how to prepare a case effectively, understanding the relevant law, facts and principles, observing the rules of professional conduct and planning the advocacy task in question;
• Demonstrated basic advocacy skills in a range of criminal and civil trials, and before a range of tribunals;
• Prepared and delivered an opening speech and a closing speech,
• Prepared and demonstrated the ability to examine, cross-examine and re-examine witnesses.

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