The Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) explained

The Bar Vocational Studies (BVS) is designed to prepare you for Call to the Bar of England and Wales.

The programme covers the 10 compulsory modules required by the Bar Standards Board for Call to the Bar with the option of adding an area of specialism and progressing to complete an LLM.

All BVS programmes have a full-time or a part-time option and are taught on-campus

Meet Simone Start and Veronica Lachkovic, Programme Directors of the Bar Vocational Studies at City

Why do your Bar training with us

The BVS in practice

Flexibility to maxime your experience

Our innovative suite of Bar programmes is designed to maximise flexibility. You will be undertaking a carefully designed and structured programme which makes the best use of face to face teaching, technology/ online learning to guide and support you through each module.

Our programmes offer you a range of opportunities to develop your skills as part of the curriculum and we also offer extensive extra-curricular activities such as Pro Bono and mooting.

Securing pupillage

We have a successful Pupillage Advisory Service (PAS) with a proven track record in helping students obtain pupillage.

All members of our PAS team are barristers with experience of involvement in pupillage selection for their Chambers. We also offer a number of other extra-curricular activities, such as Pro Bono work or mini-pupillages whilst you are on the course.

Supporting you through Bar training

The City Law School Bar Vocational Studies Scholarship

A partial fee scholarship of £2,000 awarded automatically to all students who accept a place on the course who have a first-class undergraduate degree or international equivalent.  

Study and personal support  

At The City Law School we pride ourselves on the quality of the support we provide all our students. Our purpose-built Law building has state of the art facilities such as a Law Library, Moot Course and Legal Advice Clinic and teaching space dedicated to and designed for professional skills training.

Programme options

You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course. All exit points have a full-time or part-time option.

  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
  • Postgraduate Diploma with Specialism (PGDip with Specialism)

For a September 2023 start, applications will remain open either until early August 2023 or until the programme is full.

Postgraduate Open Evenings at City

Whether hosted in person or online, our Postgraduate Open Events are a great way to find out if City is the right place for you. You will meet our academics, staff and students, explore our facilities and get advice on our courses and other important aspects of university life.