Bar Council Training Scheme for Chinese lawyers


The Bar Council Training Scheme (BCTS) for Chinese lawyers is now in its sixth year. The scheme builds on the success of the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme (LCTS), which ran for 20 years and came to an end in April 2011.The original Training Scheme was established by the Bar Council and the Law Society in partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies and the British Council in 1989, funded by the UK Government and consisted of one full year of legal training. It included an academic programme at SOAS University of London, vocational training in law firms and barristers' chambers as well as visits to European institutions and some time in Hong Kong. 

The Bar Council China Training Scheme is the successor to the Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme, but updated to take account of the extraordinary economic progress made in China since 1989 and the impressive development of the Chinese legal profession. The BCTS aims to give Chinese lawyers an understanding of the English legal system, the way barristers operate and how to instruct them, whilst at the same time building their legal skills and knowledge required for international practice. The chambers selected to host the lawyers will gain a unique insight into the Chinese legal market. In addition, useful business contacts will be established between lawyers of both jurisdictions.

The seven-week programme comprises one week of legal training generously provided pro bono by BPP law school focussing on International Arbitration and litigation. The second week comprises visits to the courts and other legal institutions. The heart of the programme is five weeks of vocational training in barristers' chambers shadowing barristers much as a pupil might to see first-hand how English justice operates. There is also a series of evening seminars in specialist legal areas, delivered by practising barristers, as well as a lively social programme. 

The next programme will take place in spring 2018. 

If you have any queries regarding the programme, please contact Jessica Crofts-Lawrence at or on 0207 611 1357.