Bar Transfer Test (BTT)

The Bar Transfer Test is the test for solicitors and lawyers from overseas jurisdictions transferring to the Bar of England and Wales.

The Bar Standards Board has placed the information about the BTT course on their website. This contains useful information on the exam requirements and some guidance for returning candidates.

Key Information

  • Qualify to practise at the Bar of England and Wales
  • Choose between two sittings a year typically in April and September
  • Expert tutors with hands-on, professional experience
  • BPP organises, sets and marks the BTT on behalf of the Bar Standards Board
  • Learn with one of the UK's leading Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) providers
  • If a candidate has a query regarding obtaining the necessary exemption to sit the Bar Transfer Test they should contact the Bar Standards Board at the following email address:

Your passport to the Bar

The Bar Transfer test (BTT) consists of 2 sections - Part A and Part B:

Part A (Legal Foundation Subjects)

  • Public Law (Constitutional, Administrative Law and Human Rights)
  • Law of the European Union
  • Criminal Law
  • Obligations (Contract, Restitution and Tort)
  • Property/Land Law
  • Equity and the Law of Trusts
  • English Legal System

Part B

  • Advocacy; (Applications, Cross-Examination, Witness Handling)
  • Civil Litigation, Evidence & Remedies
  • Criminal Litigation, Evidence & Sentencing
  • Professional Ethics

BPP offers training options for the Part B section of the BTT

Start dates

The Bar Transfer Test is typically held over two weeks in April and September each year.

Part B is usually held over the course of two weekends and includes advocacy training and assessments.

Application Dates

The next sitting of the BTT will take place in April 2016. We anticipate that April 2016 applications will launch by mid November 2015. When applications launch it will be possible to download an April 2016 application form from this page.


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Litigation & Evidence - Section 3

Candidates will be examined on the basis of reported and published case law as of 1 October in the year preceding the date of examinations (with a "year" running from start January to end December).

As regards primary and secondary legislation, candidates will be examined on legislation that has been published by 1 October in the year preceding the date of examinations, provided a commencement date has been specified for the provision that is prior to the 1 February in the following year.

As regards Civil Procedure Rules, the law will be treated as that stated or described in the current White Book as being then in force. The current White Book should be taken to mean the latest published edition of the 2 volumes plus the latest cumulative supplement (if any) as of 1 October in the year preceding the diet of assessments.

In summary, for the assessment in April 2015, this will require candidates to apply the law as at 1 October 2014 and not beyond this date.

Revision Session

We hold two separate revision sessions to help candidates prepare for Section 3. Each session will be in the form of a lecture and covers aspects of preparation for the Section 3 assessments including:

Civil Litigation & Evidence

  • Procedure of a civil claim from start to finish
  • The overriding objective of the Civil Procedure Rules, the important pre-action stage, commencement of proceedings (including which court to choose and to which track the claim will be allocated) through to trial, appeal and enforcement
  • Interim applications (including injunctions and summary judgment)
  • Multiple causes of action and multiple parties, funding, costs and evidence

Criminal Litigation & Evidence

  • Procedure of a criminal trial from arrest to appeal
  • Arrest, detention, interview and charge First appearances and bail
  • Pre-trial applications
  • The trial process in the Magistrates', Crown and Youth Courts
  • Sentencing
  • Appeals
  • Evidence: Hearsay, inferences, character, confessions, identification

It is an essential prerequisite of each session that you have read around the subject matter prior to the session. This course will only run subject to minimum numbers

Ethics Seminar - Section 4

At the seminar candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • Become familiar with the structure and contents of the Code of Conduct
  • Become familiar with parts of the Code of Conduct dealing with barristers’ relationships with lay clients
  • Become familiar with parts of the Code of Conduct dealing with barristers’ relationships with professional clients
  • Become familiar with parts of the Code of Conduct dealing with the acceptance, refusal and return of instructions
  • Understand the application of professional ethics on the BTT in general
  • Become familiar with the format of the ethics assessment for the BTT
  • Practice sample questions equivalent to the assessment

Candidates will be provided with a copy of the Code of Conduct of The Bar of England and Wales. Lunch will be provided.

Advocacy Preparation - Section 5

This is a three day programme, the first day of the advocacy course is in the form of a lecture and covers aspects of preparation for the advocacy assessments including:

  • Delivery
  • Case theory
  • Examination in chief and cross examination
  • Preparation of skeleton arguments

On the second and third day candidates will have the opportunity to practice their advocacy skills in tutorials and mock assessment situations.

This training course is compulsory if you are taking section 5 of the test for the first time.

Sitting the Test

There will be two sittings of the test each year, set approximately six months apart.


Please download and complete our BTT Application Form

Please submit your application to:

Bar Transfer Test
BPP University
Fifth Floor St James' Building
79 Oxford Road
M1 6FQ

Apply direct or call 0330 060 3331

Study locations

The Bar Transfer Test is held at our Law School in London Holborn.