Professional Pupillage Ethics

The ICCA’s Pupillage Ethics materials have been designed to assist pupils in their preparation for the Bar Standards Board’s centrally-set Pupillage Ethics Exam.

Who does this apply to?

The Pupillage Ethics Exam is compulsory for all students who commenced Bar Training from 2020 onwards, or who completed the Bar Transfer Test from August 2021 onwards.

BPTC graduates who passed the course before summer 2022 are NOT required to take the exam.

Some pupils who are transferring qualified lawyers (TQLs) may have been given a waiver by the BSB, so may be exempt from taking the exam.

If you are unsure whether you have received a waiver you will need to contact the BSB to clarify.

What do the materials cover?

The ICCA has based its Pupillage Ethics Materials on the syllabus set by the Bar Standards Board and every care has been taken to ensure it provides a comprehensive guide to the provisions on which the syllabus is based. However, the exam itself is set and marked by the BSB and the ICCA has no involvement in this process.

How do I access the materials?

The ICCA Pupillage Ethics materials are available freely to all pupils and pupil supervisors.

To access the learning materials, you will need to create an account. This will provide you with access to the ICCA’s virtual learning environment (VLE). It is easy to do, follow the steps below.

How to create an account

  1. Create an account (and confirm your registration)
  2. Navigate to the ICCA’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) homepage
  3. Select the course you wish to enrol on i.e. Pupillage Ethics

for further guidance, read the ICCA’s guide on how to create an account and enrol on a course.

Access Pupillage Ethics materials (create an account)

Where do I go for more information?

The BSB publishes full guidance about the operation of the Ethics Exam, including information about how the exam is marked, and a sample exam paper.

If you have any questions about the exam, including in relation to registration, logistics or other arrangements, these should be directed to the Bar Standards Board: EthicsExam@barstandardsboard.org.uk