London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 28, 2011 -- The Bar Standards Board agreed to validate Kaplan Law School to deliver the Bar Course from 2010. The Board commented: "We would like to congratulate you on the high standard of your application."
Kaplan Law School began offering the Nottingham Law School Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from autumn, 2010. The Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) is the vocational stage of training that all barristers are required to successfully complete. It includes training in advocacy, litigation, sentencing, drafting and opinion writing and it superseded the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) from 2010.
James Wakefield, head of Kaplan Law School's Bar programme and formerly head of the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) at Nottingham Law School, said: "I am delighted that the Bar Standards Board has approved Kaplan to deliver the new Bar Professional Training Course in London. I have always taken great pride in the Nottingham Law School course and very much look forward to delivering that course in London. Nottingham has consistently achieved double the national average pupillage rates and the highest student satisfaction rates.
"Kaplan applied for a maximum limit of 60 students so that we can have high entry standards and ensure a bright cohort. As course leader I want to know every one of the students so that they get the best experience and training."
James Wakefield, head of Kaplan Law School's Bar programme, was called to the Bar in 1993. He began teaching part time on the Bar Vocational Course at Nottingham in 1997 whilst still in practice. James became the BVC Deputy Course Leader in 2001 and the Course Leader in 2003 before becoming a Departmental Head in 2007. James has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject of training lawyers. He is a member of the Bar Council 'Training for the Bar Committee'. James was a member of the Bar Standard Board's 'BVC Review Group' (chaired by Derek Wood Q.C.) that recently recommended the introduction of an aptitude test for those wishing to commence the BVC.