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City Law School

Case Study
Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) Research

The City Law School asked Halpin to undertake research with Legal Employers in order to identify the transferable skills that Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) graduates might need if they chose to follow an alternate career path (either a different legal route, or a non-legal position). The research was intended to inform curriculum developments for the new Bar Vocational Studies programme.

A further goal of this review was to ensure that academic programmes and pathways prepared graduates for future employment, whether or not they followed the traditional route to the Bar. We were therefore keen to identify and understand the skills that employers valued in new hires.

“Halpin carried out this research for us, identifying and interviewing a range of different graduate employers. Their project management was excellent and the quality and depth of insight that we received provided a good framework for our internal decisions on skills development, curriculum updates and embedding employability at the heart of what we offered to students. We would definitely recommend them for similar stakeholder or market research projects.” – Kay Jones – Director of Change at City, University of London

Project Team