Designed and taught by experienced barristers and educational specialists, the ICCA Bar Course is innovative, flexible and accessible, offering a learning experience of outstanding quality.
Even if you have studied law at postgraduate level, this Vocational Stage of Bar training will introduce you to many new skills. It is useful to think of the Vocational Stage as the bridge between academic study and practical work experience in pupillage or work-based learning.
You will be learning the procedural and practical aspects of civil litigation, alternative dispute resolution and criminal litigation, evidence and sentencing. You will learn the fundamental skills of advocacy, from making submissions to a judge to handling witnesses in examination-in-chief and cross-examination. You will be introduced to the skills utilised in conducting effective conferences with clients, to how to draft pleadings or statements of case and how to write legal opinions. You will be introduced to Professional Ethics, including the core duties of barristers to the court and to clients.
The ICCA Bar Course is delivered in two parts using a combination of in-person teaching, e-learning, and self-study. Validated by King’s College London, the ICCA Bar Course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and vital practitioner skills required to achieve success in pupillage and then in professional practice as a barrister.
In this section you can read more about the course structure, course cycles and how we support your development and wellbeing. If you prefer, watch our 3-minute ICCA Bar Course video.
Part One is delivered entirely online. Your learning is through self-study at your own pace or by following a guided pathway (over 12-14 weeks). This means there are no timetabled sessions and Part One can be taken from any location.
The online lessons are accessed through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) where you will find online forums for tutor and peer support and a number of pre-assessment revision webinars. Part One students are in regular communication with one another and are assigned a personal tutor for pastoral support.
You will also be provided with (included in the fees) all the learning resources required, including a hardcopy of the White Book (2 volumes), e-book versions of Blackstone’s Criminal Practice, the Jackson ADR Handbook and access to Westlaw and LexisNexis legal databases.
|Civil Litigation, Evidence and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)||Self-study, online learning||BSB centrally-set assessments||17.5%||20||200|
|Criminal Litigation, Evidence and Sentencing||Self-study, online learning||BSB centrally-set assessments||17.5%||20||200|
There are three opportunities each year to sit the BSB assessments: April, August and December. For example, if you start Part One in September, you can take your BSB exams in December, or the following April. Assessments may be taken online or in person. If an in-person assessment is required outside the UK, there may be an additional cost for this.
Part Two is delivered in person. Teaching takes place within the Inns of Court (Gray’s Inn, Inner Temple, Lincoln’s Inn and Middle Temple). This means you will benefit from modern, first-class training facilities, have access to the Inns’ libraries for quiet study and share your environment on a daily basis with members of the profession. All sessions are timetabled in small groups, with a focus on individual attention.
All sessions are taught in small groups of 6 by experienced practitioners
(12% per exam)
(14 per exam)
(140 per exam)
|Opinion Writing and Legal Research||In-person||Internal exam||7.5%||10||100|
All sessions are taught in small groups.
|Professional Ethics||Online||Internal exam||7.5%||10||100|
The ICCA Bar Course offers two in-takes per year with dates as follows:
|Mode||Start date||anticipated Completion|
|First Cycle: September 2023|
|Part One||Self-study, online learning||September 2023||December 2023|
|Part Two||In-person||March 2024||July 2024|
|Second Cycle: January 2024|
|Part One||Self-study, online learning||January 2024||April 2024|
|Part Two||In-person||September 2024||January 2025|
The anticipated completion dates above assume passing assessments at the first attempt and following our recommended structured learning pathway for Part One. Commencing Part Two is conditional on passing all Part One assessments at the first or second attempt and joining an Inn of Court.
Throughout the course you can benefit from:
Your health and wellbeing is a priority for us.
On successful completion of the ICCA Bar Course, you will be: