If it was a requirement of entering the BPTC that you needed to have obtained a pupillage, then people would not be asking "who are the course providers to decide people's future". Because it wouldn't be the course providers making that decision, but the chambers themselves, when deciding whether to offer a particular person a pupillage or not. So the same people - pupillage committees - would be deciding who makes it and who doesn't as make that decision now; the difference is that those who don't make it would know this before spending £16k and a year of their life doing the BPTC.
(Original post by Ewok)
Medical students are in a different position because the bottleneck is in getting into medical school- they've restricted the number of places on medical courses at unis in line with the number of jobs available at the other side.
There have been calls for this to happen at the bar and it seems the most sensible solution (as outlined above) but I have a sneaky feeling that threads like this would them become littered with complaints about how students who may make perfectly good barristers can't get on the course, who are the course providers to decide people's future, why not let people get on with it and take the risk themselves then try to find pupillage because they'll be in a stronger position to do so once they've done the BPTC? etc.
Also, people couldn't claim that it is unfair because they would be in a stronger position to obtain a pupillage after the BPTC, if it was a rule for everyone that a pupillage must be obtained before starting the BPTC. Admittedly, if such a rule were introduced, there would be a rather inconvenient transitional period where some students did the BPTC before this rule was made, but obviously an exception would have to be made for them.
Last edited by beastfromtheeast; 15-07-2012 at 09:27.