COVID-19

28 August 2020

ICCA staff are happy to deal with any queries you may have relating to their Bar Course or CPD projects. Do email us at info@icca.ac.uk.

 

Bar Course

Part One of the ICCA Bar Course launches at 10am on Tuesday 1 September. We are excited to hear what students think and we wish them all huge success.

Our ICCA Careers Director, Jo Cecil is available from 1 September for enrolled ICCA students wishing to avail themselves of her advice and guidance.

Our extensive Outreach Plans are currently being finalised and can be found here including our new Future Barristers Virtual Open Day on 21 November 2020 – registration is free and opens on 12 October through the Events page.

Enrolment for Cycle 2, starting in January 2021, opens on 19 October 2020 and closes on 13 November 2020.

Our Virtual Winter Party for Cycle 2 enrolees will take place this December. Details to follow.

The Application Portal for entry to the ICCA Bar Course for 2021/22 opens on 2 November and closes on 15 January 2021. The following stages are as follows:

  • 5 February 2021 Shortlisted candidates invited to Selection
  • 12 February 2021, 12pm: Deadline for accepting invitation to Selection
  • 4-6 March 2021 Selection Days held at Lincoln’s Inn, London
  • 19 March 2021 Offers issued
  • 2 April 2021 12pm Acceptance deadline

CPD

Covid-19 has not stopped us from producing guidance for the practising Bar. Please take a look at our Guidance on the Preparation, Admission and Examination of Expert Evidence

The importance of expert evidence and the crucial role of advocates in promoting its reliability through high standards of case preparation has long been recognised.

We are currently making a new film, socially distanced of course, with 15 leading women judges and barristers who will be discussing their advice for successful oral and written advocacy including issues relating to the vulnerable, the young and expert witnesses. We will also be featuring items on immigration, fraud and international advocacy.

Our Annual Review is set to be published on 4 September detailing all our work over the last year. It has been a busy 12 months and we are proud of our achievements.

Wellbeing

We take the wellbeing of our staff and student very seriously. Our new Bar Course has 4 online Modules covering Building a Healthy Practice, Managing Anxiety Uncertainty and Worry, Emotional Intelligence and Surviving and Thriving in Practice.

We are very conscious that working towards exams on an online course can present some challenges and we are here to help at all times.

We are monitoring carefully the guidance relating to the pandemic and we have watched closely the challenges faced by students on the current BPTC who have experienced difficulties taking their BSB exams. We intend to make available venues where our Bar Course students can safely sit their exams in person in December 2020, subject to any restrictions that may be imposed at that time.

The latest Government Guidance on protecting yourself and others from the virus is found here.

  • wash hands – keep washing your hands regularly
  • cover face – wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
  • make space – stay at least a metre away from people not in your household
  • If you are feeling unwell, get a test and do not leave home for at least 10 days.

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Click here for helpful resources for students to tackle mental health and wellbeing issues during the Covid-19 outbreak.