Bar regulator announces changes to the Professional Ethics exam in the BPTC from 2017

There will be a change to the format of the Professional Ethics examination for the BPTC from 2017, the BSB has announced today.

There will no longer be a two-part exam comprising a multiple choice component and a short answer component (with a requirement to pass each component). The Professional Ethics exam will instead consist of six short answer questions. The same two hour time will be allowed for the whole exam.

The approach to Professional Ethics differs from that adopted for Civil and Criminal Litigation, in recognition of the different intellectual challenge of the subject: investigating ethical dilemmas, relating their features to the BSB Handbook and suggesting an appropriate course of action. For a student to show their reasoning, the BSB considers a written answer to be required.

BSB Director of Education and Training Dr Simon Thornton-Wood said: “The first new format Ethics examination will be held in spring 2017.  Using a format already familiar to providers, students and the profession alike is beneficial and we will work closely with course providers and students to implement the changes.”


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