The ICCA Open Day

Summary information about the ICCA Bar Course

Welcome, and thank you for attending our Open Day

Rather than print leaflets and give you reams of paper to take away, we have opted to provide you with a summary of key information about the ICCA Bar Course digitally.

You can access this throughout the event and we will also send you an email with the link afterwards.

You needn’t worry about taking notes (unless you want to) and if you have any questions not covered, feel free to get in touch with us (admissions@icca.ac.uk).

Overview
Course structure
Your development
Your wellbeing

Part One – Overview

Part Two – Overview

Grade Boundaries
Course Award

Overview

The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) is an Authorised Education and Training Organisation.

The ICCA Bar Course follows the Bar Standards Board (BSB) Curriculum and Assessment Strategy and the Professional Statement for Barristers.

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Course structure

Our Bar Course is delivered in two parts using a combination of e-learning, self-study and in-person teaching.

PARTMODULEPERCENTAGECREDITSHOURS
1Civil Litigation17.5%20200
1Criminal Litigation17.5%20200
2Advocacy

  • Examination-in-Chief
  • Cross-Examination
  • Submissions
35%

12
12
11

40

14
14
12

400

140
140
120

2M6 OPW and Legal Research7.5%10100
2M7 Drafting7.5%10100
2M8 Conference7.5%10100
2M9 Ethics7.5%10100
2Extra-Curricular000
TOTAL1001201200

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Your development

Throughout the course you can benefit from joining extra-curricular seminars and visiting guest lectures from senior practitioners and the judiciary spanning a diverse range of specialist practice areas.

You will have access to a Careers Hub, providing a wealth of advice from pupillage applications and interview preparation to the various areas of practice open to you.

One-to-one support is available from our experienced Careers Advisers.

Joining the Advocacy Committee allows you to get involved in mooting competitions, a perfect way to continue to build your CV and enhance your advocacy skills. Pro bono work experience is available with Advocate (previously the Bar Pro Bono Unit).

We also offer Chambers-sponsored prizes and awards, comprising opportunities for mini-pupillage and one-to-one mentoring, as well as small cash awards.

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Your Wellbeing

Your health and wellbeing is a priority for us.

We have been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Bar Council for our commitment to the wellbeing of our students and bespoke wellbeing materials are embedded into the ICCA Bar Course. All our students have access to free 24/7 counselling services via Health Assured.

You will also be allocated a personal tutor, your key contact to provide pastoral support throughout the course and to guide and encourage you academically on Part Two.

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Part One – Overview

Part One is delivered entirely online – learning is through self-study which you complete following a guided pathway or at your own pace. This means there are no timetabled sessions.

You can start Part One in September or January – it can be completed in 14 weeks using the guided pathway, or over a longer period should this be more suitable for you (such as if you have work or caring commitments).

The Part One BSB Exams can be taken in April, August or December each year – you must pass the exams before proceeding to Part Two. For example, if you start Part One in September, you could take your BSB exams in December – if you pass, you will be able to commence Part Two the following March. Alternatively, you could start Part One in September, then take your BSB exams the following April – if you pass, you could then commence Part Two in September.

The online lessons are accessed through a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find online forums for tutor and peer support and a number of pre-assessment revision webinars.

You will also be provided (included in the fees) with additional learning resources, including a hardcopy of the White Book (2 volumes), e-book versions of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice and the Jackson ADR Handbook and access to Westlaw and LexisNexis legal databases.

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Part One - Fees

Current Sept 22/Jan 23 Part One fees: £1,895 (this includes the ICCA fee of £914, BSB intake fee of £470 and textbooks fee of £511).

We do not require a deposit and there are no hidden admin fees.

No payment is required for Part Two of the ICCA Bar Course until you choose to enrol on Part Two.

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Part One – Civil Litigation, Evidence and Resolution of Disputes Out of Court

There are 9 units to complete:

  • Unit 1, Pre-action Matters
  • Unit 2, Bringing and defending a claim
  • Unit 3, Disposing of cases without a trial & sanctions
  • Unit 4, Case management
  • Unit 5, Evidence.
  • Unit 6, Interim applications and remedies
  • Unit 7, Settlement
  • Unit 8, Trial, Judgment & Costs
  • Unit 9, Enforcement & Appeals

Civil assessment
The Civil Litigation assessment is in two parts, with each sitting taking place on separate days. Both parts must be taken within a single assessment window. The ‘centrally set’ assessments are set and marked by the BSB.

Part 1 of the exam is a 2-hour, closed-book exam consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions (MCQs), including single best answer (SBA) questions.

Part 2 of the exam is a 2.5 hour, open-book exam consisting of 40 MCQs, including SBA questions and rolling case scenarios.

There are three opportunities per year to sit the BSB assessments: April, August and December. Assessments are generally taken online however alternative arrangements will be considered if this is not suitable. If an in-person assessment is required outside the UK, there may be an additional cost for this.

Civil Litigation – mock assessments
To prepare for the ‘centrally set’ assessments, you have access to a large question bank and your knowledge is tested throughout the course at the end of each Unit.

In addition, you will have access to 4 mock assessments. Two are provided by BSB and two by the ICCA.

  • ICCA Mock Paper 1 (Closed Book) – 2 hours
  • ICCA Mock Paper 2 (Open Book) – 2.5 hours
  • BSB Mock Paper 1 (Closed Book) – 2 hours
  • BSB Mock Paper 2 (Open Book) – 2.5 hours

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Part One – Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing

There are 9 units to complete:

  • Unit 1, Pre-trial Principles
  • Unit 2, Pre-trial Procedure
  • Unit 3, Evidence I
  • Unit 4, Trial Procedure
  • Unit 5, Evidence II
  • Unit 6, Evidence III
  • Unit 7, Sentencing.
  • Unit 8, Youth court procedure & youth sentencing
  • Unit 9, Appeals

Criminal assessments
There is a single 3-hour, closed-book assessment comprising 75 MCQs/SBAs. This ‘centrally set’ assessment is set and marked by the BSB.

Criminal Litigation – mock assessments
To prepare, you have access to a large question bank and your knowledge is tested throughout the course at the end of each Unit.

In addition, you will have access to 2 mock assessments. One is provided by the BSB and one by the ICCA.

  • ICCA Mock Paper (Closed Book) – 3 hours
  • BSB Mock Paper (Closed Book) – 3 hours

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Part Two – Overview

Part Two is taught within the Inns of Court (Gray’s InnInner TempleLincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple). This means you will benefit from first-class training facilities and share your environment with members of the profession every day.

Part Two is delivered twice a year, and sessions are timetabled:

  • September to January (19 weeks, including two weeks break over Christmas), or
  • March to July (17 weeks)

You can start Part Two once you have successfully completed Part One (i.e. after passing the BSB centrally-set assessments).

Teaching is delivered in-person and in small groups with enthusiastic and motivated students.

  • Advocacy and Conference Skills in groups of up to 6;
  • Opinion Writing/Legal Research and Drafting in groups of up to 12.

You will receive individual one-on-one time with your tutor.

All course materials are provided.

Part Two – Skills subjects

Advocacy
  • Examination-in-Chief (Criminal Advocacy)
  • Cross-Examination (Criminal Advocacy)
  • Submissions Advocacy (Civil Advocacy)
Opinion Writing and Legal Research
Drafting
Conference Skills
Professional Ethics

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Part Two - Fees

Current Sept 22/Jan 23 Part Two fees:  £12,095 (this includes the ICCA fee of £11,860 and BSB intake fee of £235).

We do not require a deposit and there are no hidden admin fees.

We offer flexible payment plans and no payment for Part Two is required until you choose to enrol on Part Two.

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Part Two – Criminal Advocacy (Examination-in-Chief and Cross-Examination)

There are 12 units to complete including:

  • Case analysis
  • Opening speeches
  • Bail applications
  • Pleas in mitigation
  • Witness handling (examination-in-chief) to advanced level
  • Witness handling (cross-examination) to advanced level
  • Participation in a criminal mock trial

Additional online criminal advocacy modules:

  • Crown Court Plea and Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH)
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Advocacy for Children in Conflict with the Law
  • Criminal Notice of Appeal (drafting)

Criminal Advocacy assessment
This is an in-person, oral assessment; 15 minutes for Examination-in-Chief followed by 15 minutes for Cross-Examination with last minute instructions and preparation time.

Criminal Advocacy – mock assessments
You will have access to a formative assessment in advance with feedback.

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Part Two - Civil Advocacy (Submissions Advocacy)

There are 9 units to complete including:

  • Application advocacy to advanced level
  • Skeleton arguments
  • Case analysis
  • Brief to attend trial
  • Lay and expert witnesses
  • Participation in a civil mock trial

Civil Advocacy assessment
This is an in-person, oral assessment; 15 minutes with skeleton arguments submitted in advance.

Civil Advocacy – mock assessments
You will have access to a formative assessment in advance with feedback offered.

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Part Two - Opinion Writing and Legal Research

For Opinion Writing, there are 5 units including

  • The skills required to write a legal opinion
  • Case analysis and preparation
  • Developing an effective style
  • Using authorities effectively
  • Advising on questions of law

For the Legal Research classes, these cover:

  • Legal Research 1 – Introduction by Inns’ librarians
  • Legal Research 2 – Case Studies
  • Westlaw and Lexis databases training – for legal research whilst you are on the Bar Course and beyond – by Inns’ librarians
  • Inns’ Libraries virtual tours

Opinion Writing and Legal Research assessments
This 4000-word written assessment includes an assessment of Legal Research skills. Students have one calendar week in which to complete the assessment.
Both components of the assessment will be submitted at the same time but will be marked separately.

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Part Two - Drafting

The classes will cover online drafting exercises, including case analysis, the language of drafting and drafting exercises; personal injury claims; Defences and Counterclaims.

Drafting assessment
This is a written assessment in a civil case based on a substantive statement of case, completed over 24 hours.

Drafting – mock assessments
You will have access to a formative assessment in advance with feedback offered.

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Part Two - Conference Skills

There are 5 units to complete including

  • Conference planning
  • Questioning a client
  • Analysis
  • Advice

Conference Skills assessment
This is an in-person, oral assessment; 25 minutes with an actor playing the role of Defendant.

Conference Skills – mock assessments
You will have access to a formative assessment in advance with feedback.

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Part Two - Professional Ethics

There are 4 online units to complete

  • Unit 1, Introduction to Professional Ethics
  • Unit 2, You and the Court
  • Unit 3, You and Your Client
  • Unit 4, Honesty, Integrity and Independence

This online course follows much of the interactive approach as Part One of the ICCA Bar Course with which students will, by this time, be familiar.

The ICCA provides materials for use in the BSB pupillage Professional Ethics assessment. These replicate units 1-4 on the ICCA Bar Course but answers in Pupillage are narrative as opposed to multiple choice. Additional Units 5 and 6 are available when in pupillage or in work-based learning to prepare you for this assessment.

Professional Ethics assessment
There is a single 2-hours online, closed book assessment comprised of 40 MCQs and SBA questions.

Professional Ethics – mock assessments
You will have access to a formative online assessment in advance.

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Grade Boundaries

ICCA students will receive a classification in their final certificate based on attainment:

Pass – 60-69%

  • Achieves an average of 60-69% for assessments, including the capped mark(s) for any assessments taken at a second attempt.

Merit – 70-79%

  • Passes all assessments on Part One and Part Two at a first attempt and achieves an overall average mark of 70-79 for the modules on Part Two of the course; or
  • attempts an assessment at a second attempt in no more than one module on Part One or Part Two and achieves an overall average mark of 70 or over for modules on Part Two of the course (such average to include the capped mark for the affected assessment).

Distinction – 80-100%

  • Passes all assessments at a first attempt and either (a) achieves an overall average mark of 80 or over; or (b) achieves 80% or over in 5 of the 7 Modules assessed on Part Two.

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Course Award

On successful completion of the ICCA Bar Course, you will be:

  • awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Bar Practice from King’s College London.
    King’s College London is the ICCA’s validating academic body.
  • eligible to be called to the Bar of England and Wales(subject to meeting the Qualifying Session requirements of your Inn of Court and passing their ‘fit and proper person’ checks).
  • eligible to commence pupillage or work-based learning.

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