Barrister qualifications and training

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1. How long is the GDL or CPE

  • 2 years full time, 3 years part time
  • 8 week long course
  • 1 year full time, 2 years part time
  • 6 months full time, 1 year part time
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2. What is the non-educational route to becoming a barrister?

  • Training at a barristers office
  • None
  • BTEC Level 3 Law followed by CPE
  • Ilex

3. What is the GDL and CPE?

  • Work experience training at a barrister's office
  • Law conversion courses
  • Barrister training courses
  • Qualifying barrister degree

4. What does BPTC stand for?

  • Bar Pupilage Training (at) Court
  • Bar Professional Training Course
  • Bar Pupilage Training Course
  • Barrister Practical Training Course

5. Upon completion of the BPTC they are...

  • Required to complete an LPC
  • Called to the Bar
  • Officially a barrister and able to practice
  • Required to complete a pupilage of two six month periods


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