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 will be running its next Bar Preparation Program in May 2018 (dates TBC).
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.
- A convenient location. The UTS Haymarket 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.
- Value for money in comparison to any course of its type.
What we cover
The UTS Bar Preparation Program addresses the following topics:
Civil Practice & 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.
Evidence & Criminal Procedure
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, as well as relevant provisions from the Criminal Procedure Act 1986 and the Bail Act 2013.
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 in January 2018 included:
- Dr Bryce Douglas-Baker – Fourth Floor Selborne Chambers
- Mr Alexander Kuklik – 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers
- Mr Stuart Lowe – UTS Faculty of Law, Program Convenor
- Mr Daniel Petrushnko – 9 Windeyer Chambers
- Dr Philippa Ryan – UTS Faculty of Law
- Dr Allison Silink – UTS Faculty of Law
The registration fee for the May 2018 Program will be published in due course. A discount of 10% will be available to UTS Alumni.
Enrolments have not yet opened for the UTS Bar Preparation Program (May 2018). A link to the enrolment portal will be made available on this page later in the year. Note that all registrations are governed by Terms & Conditions.
The Bar Preparation Program is offered twice each year in advance of the NSW Bar Association's Examination. The 2018 offerings of the BPP will be in January 2018 and May 2018. Further details regarding future offerings of the course will be made available throughout the year, via this webpage and our mailing list.
Further enquiries, or requests to be placed on the UTS:Law mailing list for future educational offerings, may be directed to:
UTS:Law Short Courses Office
Phone: +61 2 9514 3071
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 his / her examination, UTS cannot guarantee individual success at the examinations.