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The Bar Explained (Virtual Event)

Chambers, Circuits and Practice Areas

The University of Law.


Study method
Online, self-paced
No formal qualification


Are you wanting to understand more about the Bar, and its various components? Do you know the differences between the different circuits and practice areas, and what this may mean for you?


Our Bar Explained events will provide everything you need to know on Chambers, Circuits and Practice areas, and will allow you to be completely confident ahead of making those all important pupillage applications. Being held in person at various UK campuses, you will also get to hear from a panel of barristers practising in the local area and ask your questions to them, as well as having a chance to network with them afterwards.


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

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A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

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An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.