The implementation of a ‘universal’ Aptitude test for entry to the Bar Professional Training Course was a recommendation that came out of the Review of the Vocational Stage of training carried out by a Working Group chaired by Derek Wood QC.
A great deal of work has been carried out on the development of such a test. It will be piloted in January 2010 in order to ensure it is fit for purpose and that it does not discriminate against any particular group. In addition, an opinion on the test has been sought and is being written by John Howell QC, to advise on the appropriateness of using such a mechanism as an additional entry requirement for the Vocational stage of training at the Bar. The aptitude test is expected to be a requirement for students applying to do the Bar Professional Training Course in 2011.