Bar Course Designer/Tutor

(12-Month Maternity Cover Contract)


The Council of the Inns of Court and the Inns of Court College of Advocacy

The Council of the Inns of Court (COIC) is a charity with the object of advancing education in the administration and practice of the law, including promoting high standards of advocacy. COIC advances this principally through the activities of the Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) which provides education, leadership, guidance and co-ordination in relation to the pursuit of professional and academic excellence in advocacy and professional ethics.

The ICCA enjoys a growing international reputation for its activities in supporting advocacy training at the Inns, on Circuit and overseas. The ICCA has developed bespoke training on expert witness handling, interpreters and statistical information. The ICCA is responsible for the national ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ Course and has created a suite of materials to assist practitioners dealing with young people in the criminal justice system, as well as materials to help with the use of experts.


Continuing Professional Development

The Inns of Court are determined to make the Bar more accessible to the ablest people. Working through COIC, they have created a two-stage Bar Course that will deliver, via the ICCA, high quality training at an affordable price; facilitating access to the profession to those who are barred by high costs and high risks.

The ICCA is authorised to deliver a two-part Bar Course from September 2020. The ICCA course focuses on the knowledge areas of litigation and ADR, delivered online in Part One and the skills subjects, including Advocacy in Part Two, delivered face-to-face in the heart of the Inns.


The Role of Bar Course Designer and Tutor

The ICCA seeks a talented Bar Course Designer/Tutor with experience of civil litigation and ADR for a 12-month maternity cover contract. The Designer/Tutor will take a leading role in the design and development of the ICCA’s two-stage Bar Course before moving on to teach on the Bar Course from March 2021.  Reporting to the Bar Course Leader, the new Designer/Tutor will join a core team responsible for the development of lesson and assessment content using the latest blended learning techniques.


Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the ICCA Bar Course Leader:

  • Research, devise and write training and assessment materials for deployment on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and for use in classroom-based learning.
  • Review, test and quality assure course content.
  • Assist with the development and evaluation of training media developed by third parties to ensure quality standards are maintained.
  • Comply with quality assurance systems both internally and externally.
  • Liaise effectively and diplomatically with a wide range of internal colleagues and external stakeholders and organisations.
  • Assist other members of the ICCA team with the design, development and review of any content and materials as necessary.
  • Keep abreast of relevant educational trends to ensure that courses and training information take full advantage of the breadth of educational techniques and learning technologies available.
  • Undertake an instructional role on the Bar Course including tutoring students, marking written work and assessments and providing feedback to students.
  • Provide pastoral support to students as a personal tutor.
  • Assist with Bar Course admissions and marketing.
  • Any other reasonable duties as required.


Person Specification


  • Ability to create and deliver high quality training and assessment materials for use on the Bar Course.
  • A detailed knowledge of Civil Litigation and ADR.
  • Experience of delivering training and assessing and supporting learners on the Bar Course or other comparable legal education programmes.
  • A proven commitment to helping individuals excel in all aspects of training for the Bar.
  • Exceptional communication skills, judgement, and the ability to think strategically.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to forge relationships with people across all levels of the organisation, and understand the needs of a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with initiative and the confidence to act decisively within agreed limits.
  • Commitment to working as a member of a team, learning from others and sharing expertise, in a small but growing organisation.
  • Ability to perform effectively as a key part of a small core team, working primarily by collaboration rather than delegation.
  • A working knowledge of the governance structures, curriculum authorities and assessment methodologies in use to support all aspects of Bar training.
  • An awareness of the synergy between the Inns of Court and other key stakeholders within the legal profession.
  • A willingness to work flexibly when required.


  • A demonstrable track-record of successfully designing legal curricula.
  • Knowledge of the latest educational techniques and technology, including online and blended learning.
  • Experience of working in course design teams and working collaboratively within tight schedules and to budgets.
  • A working knowledge of the BSB Syllabus for the Bar Course.


The Contract

The ICCA is seeking to appoint a full-time Course Designer on a 12-month maternity cover contract commencing in October 2020.  The Course Designer will then be expected to move into a full-time instructional role on the Bar Course in March 2021, subject to meeting certain criteria set by the ICCA Bar Course Leader.

There will be a 3-month probationary period.

  • Salary £55,000
  • 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • Death in Service Benefit
  • 15% Defined Pension Contribution by the employer (after 3 months)
  • Private Health Insurance (after completion of probation)

Location: COIC and the ICCA are currently based at 9 Gray’s Inn Square, London WC1R 5JD but working remotely until such time as the rules around office-based working are relaxed.

COIC values equality and diversity and is committed to ensuring its processes and procedures are fair, transparent and free from unlawful discrimination. We would particularly like to encourage applications from all diverse members of our community and society.