The UTS Faculty of Law has extensive experience in offering short courses for candidates preparing to undertake the NSW Bar Association’s Bar Examinations, and intends to run its next Bar Preparation Program (BPP) shortly before the next Bar Exam (currently planned for February 2021)
The distinctive feature of practice at the Bar is advocacy before the courts and other tribunals. As such, the Bar Association sets its examination with a practical orientation, focusing on subjects related specifically to advocacy.
With this in mind, the UTS Bar Preparation Program addresses the three focus areas of the Bar Association’s examination:
- Legal ethics for Barristers;
- Aspects of evidence; and
- Practice and procedure for Barristers.
Benefits of the UTS Bar Preparation Program
The UTS Faculty of Law can assist you in your exam preparation by providing you with:
- A program designed and conducted by qualified academics and practising barristers. This unique combination provides the practical approach needed to help participants ready themselves for the examination, as well as help prepare them for the rigours of the Bar Practice Course.
When offered in face-to-face mode, the course is run at:
- A convenient location. The UTS campus is easy walking distance to the CBD with multiple public transport options (Central train station, Paddy’s Market light rail stop, Railway Square bus interchange) and numerous parking stations.
- A suitable learning pace, with modules conducted over three consecutive days. In each module, candidates will have the opportunity to test their understanding of subject material through the use of practice problems and scenarios. This model allows participants the opportunity to properly digest each module, develop good problem-solving / answering techniques, and aid information retention.
What we cover
The UTS Bar Preparation Program addresses the following topics:
Aspects of Evidence
An examination of the Evidence Act 1995 and how it is built on a framework of Relevance, Exclusionary Rules and Discretionary / Mandatory Rules. The module will examine specific issues such as the application of the Rules of Evidence, Witnesses, Proof, Documents, Warnings / Directions, Privileges and so on.
Criminal and Civil Practice and Procedure
The various aspects of the Civil Procedure Act 2005, the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005, as well as the relevant Court Legislation, Rules and Practice Notes, providing candidates with a practical understanding of the various rules and procedures that are commonly encountered in practice. Relevant provisions from the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 and the Bail Act 2013 will also be covered.
Ethics for Barristers
The various aspects of the Legal Profession Uniform Law (NSW), the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Act 2014 and the Legal Profession Uniform Conduct (Barristers) Rules 2015. This module will provide an initial overview of the interrelationship between the Barristers Rules and relevant Legislation before working through the relevant Rules and Legislation in more detail. As part of this treatment of the various requirements and principles, a range of relevant authorities will be examined as a way of demonstrating the importance of the issues and how the Courts have approached them.
The UTS academics and practising barristers involved with the development and delivery of the Program to date include:
- Dr Bryce Douglas-Baker – Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers
- Mr Alexander Kuklik – Third Floor Wentworth Chambers
- Mr Stuart Lowe – UTS Faculty of Law, Program Convenor
- Mr Daniel Petrushnko – 9 Windeyer Chambers
- Dr Allison Silink – UTS Faculty of Law
The fee for the January 2020 Program (3 full days, face-to-face) was $2,400 including GST. A discount of 10% was available to UTS Alumni or UTS Staff enrolling in this short course.
Dates for the next offering of this course are yet to be announced. The Faculty is currently considering options for delivering this face-to-face course in the last quarter of 2020 and early 2021. Please register for updates below if you wish to be informed when further information is available. Note that all registrations are governed by Terms & Conditions.
Future offerings and further information
The Bar Preparation Program is normally offered twice each year in advance of the NSW Bar Association's Examination. Further details regarding future offerings of the UTS Bar Preparation Program will be made available via the UTS Law Short Courses website and announcements sent to the Law Short Courses mailing list:
Further enquiries may be directed to:
UTS Law Short Courses Team
Please email the team if you wish to arrange a Zoom call.
It should be noted that the UTS Bar Preparation Program, like all similar courses, is not accredited or endorsed by the NSW Bar Association.
Whilst every effort will be made to help each candidate to prepare for their examination, UTS cannot guarantee individual success at the examinations.